Washington Wine

 

Washington State has become the second largest wine producer in the US, however its quality wine history is fairly new. The first wine grapes were planted in Fort Vancouver by the Hudson Bay Company in 1825. By the early 20th century, many European immigrants were producing wines of decent quality. By 1914, vineyards were dotting Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys. 
 
But the Prohibition halted commercial production considerably, even though this also forced a wave of home wine-making. After the Repeal, strict laws were set in place that isolated Washington’s wine industry. Even though some vinifera wines were being produced for private consumption, what emerged from Washington was only sweet and dessert wine made from Concord grapes. These same laws also prohibited California wines, so the majority of Washingtonians only drank what they knew, those sweet Concord wines. 
 
Then in the early 1960s scientists Walter Clore and Chas Nagel won an appeal to Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Washington View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Washington

  • Columbia Gorge

    The confusing thing about this AVA is that there are two places called “The Gorge” in Washington ...

  • Columbia Valley

      The Columbia Valley AVA straddles both Washington and Oregon, though the majority of its w...

  • Benton County

    Benton County is an emerging wine region in southwest Washington state. It straddles the Yakima...

  • Grant County

  • Horse Heaven Hills

    Bounded on the north by the ridge of the hills forming the southern border of the Yakima Valley, ...

Popular Wineries in Washington View all

  • Jones of Washington

    Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new groun...

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

    The wines of Badger Mountain Vineyard and Powers Winery reflect the shared values of father and s...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

    Winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels the second generation of the Mielke family to oversee...

  • The Hiney Winery

    25 years ago The Hiney Winery was America’s number one comedy feature broadcast on over 600 radio...

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

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  • Washiington State just got its 11th appellation...Lake Chelan yesterday April 29, 2009. This area is located in north central Washington state and islocated within the Columbia Valley AVA but at its most northern boundary. It is much higher in elevation and with a more cooler climate. For more information on this up-and-coming area visit http://...

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  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with just a bit of opacity. The nose is quite nice, with a combination of ripe plums, blackberries and tart cherry intermingled with some green herb notes. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of cherry compote and smoke at the outset, transitioning to some tobacco and earthy peat notes midpalate. ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills Winery Carménère Walla Walla Valley 2012

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    The wine is a deep garnet color in the glass, rich and vibrant. The nose is quite nice, with a nice presence of ripe red fruit, raspberries and red currant intermingled with some nice herb notes and a hint of earthiness. The taste is quite nice, with some ripe berries up front than linger for a bit, transitioning to some nice spice notes of wh... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard 2010

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    The wine is a beautiful rich ruby color in the glass, with a nice dark indigo at the center. The nose is quite inviting, with aromas of black cherry, green cedar, and a hint of fresh herbs. The taste is a rush of ripe fruit, blackberry, cherry and a hint of candied plum, which transition smoothly to some earthy elements of tar, toasted oak and... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Dama Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley/Walla Walla Valley Rouge 2009

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    The wine is a nice bright ruby color in the glass, with great clarity. The nose is a rich combination or black fruit, blackberry, cassis and a hint of prune overlaid with a nice bit of leather and earth. The taste is very pleasant, with some rich fruit notes or blackberry and cassis up front that transition effortlessly to some wonderful flavo... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Reininger Cima 2008

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    The wine is a beautiful bright ruby color in the glass, with great clarity. The nose is a sophisticated and layered presentation of ripe black fruit over some smoke which plays nicely off some mineral notes and a hint of leather, very reminiscent of a nice Tuscan blend. The taste a brief flash of ripe plum and tart cherry that subsides into so... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2010

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    The wine is a deep purple at the center, with a bright ruby along the edges. The nose is classic combination of rich leather, cocoa powder, a touch of green grass and some ripe cherry. The taste is a blast of cherry cola which transitions to some lovely mineral notes of basalt and limestone along with some green herbs midpalate. The finish is... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Helix Sangiovese 2010

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    The wine is a lovely rich garnet color in the glass, with great clarity. The nose exhibits beautiful aromas of leather, oak, tar and black pepper spice, just as you would expect from a great Sangiovese. The taste is lovely, with a mild bit of fruit up front, black raspberry and cassis that melds into some earth and floral notes, edging toward ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Forgeron Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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    The wine is a lovely deep garnet color in the glass. The nose is just dynamite, a rich earthy combination of leather, toasted oak and ripe plum bordering on prune. The taste was quite a surprise, as you open with a lovely bit of floral presence, some lavender and rose petals that quickly transitions to some ripe plum and blackberry flavors mid... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Syrah Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2002

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    The wine is a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass, with pretty good clarity despite its age. The nose is a blast of green grass and herbs which settles down to some lovely earthy notes of smoke and leather, overlaying some interesting mocha and cherry cola notes. The taste is divine, a blast of black cherry and cassis that quickly settles... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2001

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    Now bear in mind, I decanted this bottle for about an hour before tasting. The color is a lighter ruby, with just the faintest hint of auburn along the edges. The nose is a combination of sweet ripe fruit, blackberry, plum and a hint of raisin, along with some floral notes and tobacco. The taste is remarkably fruit forward, with some lovely s... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I saw a rating of the 2012 vintage in WA for reds. It was 94-97. After tasting a number of Cabernets, I must disagree. I would give it an 88. Obviously the press is getting a little ahead of themselves on this call.

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  • you must realize there are two Washingtons. you mixed them up with your map!

    Comment by 891722dunann 891722 dunann


  • velvet devil

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  • If you are heading into Washington's wine country, make a stop in Prosser (exit 80 off I-82) if not able to stay the night. They have a "Vintner's Village", more like a Disneyland for wine lovers. There is so much to taste! All in all, Canyon's Edge Winery gets our thumbs up with an out of this world Cab and Sangiovese. Oh and we can't forge...

    Comment by 516467Lovin D Vine 516467 Lovin D Vine


  • My wife and I have been to Walla Walla several times. We got turned on to a Riesling at Three Rivers. I simply loved the Syrah that I purchased at L'Ecole No 41. Recently at Vino! A Wine Shop in Spokane, WA, I bought several bottles of Syrah by Spokane's Barrister Winery. It was excellent!

    Comment by 498820Stregone 498820 Stregone


  • A hidden gem in the world of wines. We need to get the word out there!

    Comment by 479390hordur 479390 hordur


  • Is anyone else doing the WA Merlot virtual wine tasting/tweetup tonight? #WAMerlot

    Comment by 256515mortgageporter 256515 mortgageporter


  • I think I'm 12 for 12 on red wines from Washington. I've literally never had a Cab, Syrah, or Merlot from Washington that I didn't at least like, but most of them I love. Something about that Columbia Valley that hits my taste buds right. Just thought I'd mention that. Anyone know of any good values $15-20 on big, bold Washington reds? I'm alwa...

    Comment by 105252Bartond 105252 Bartond


  • want a delicious bottle of wine with cherry, chocolate and even coffee notes from washington??? i tried this along with my fellow bartenders, and we fell in love.... it is now on our winelist!!! HOWLING WOLFE ZINFANDEL made by THURSTON WOLFE 2007 this vino is from horse heaven hills. It is increadable!!! i suggest to let it breathe for a while b...

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