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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Washington state resident. Global citizen. Wine explorer. Bike racer. Exploring wines from around the world by comparing Washington wines to challengers from around the globe in weekly wine matches.

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Varietals Produced in Washington View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

  • Boomtown

    What is BOOMTOWN? BOOMTOWN by Dusted Valley offers varietal specific wines with one goal ...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Duck Pond Cellars

    Founded in 1993, Duck Pond Cellars owns and operates 840 acres of vineyards in the valleys of nor...

  • Thurston Wolfe

    Dr. Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream pr...

  • Kennedy Shah

    Woodhouse Family Cellars is a maker of high-quality, boutique Washington wines produced in the ol...

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Washington on Snooth

  • 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://...

    Comment by 114337HardRow 114337 HardRow

  • We will be in the state of Washington and then briefly in Oregon from the 4th through the 15th of March 2017.  Wish we had the time to drive down to Napa / Sonoma for another stay at that Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...

  • Sunday was special.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride to nearby ... afternoon, we headed into Washington DC to dine at Notti Bianche, which is walking distance from The Kennedy Center.  Yes, we had a show to attend - Peter Frampton and his acoustic versions of hits from the 70's and 80's.  Dinner was very nice, with Sandra and I both or... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...

  • Thanks RC.  I'm not good at describing complexities in wine (my wife ... wife ... seen these guys in Washington DC and they are very funny with their improv comedy. &nbs Read More

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  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011


    Excellent wine with earthy tones accenting the rich dark berry fruits, clove and spice. Smooth tannic structure combines with good acidty to an aftertaste that is good and lasting. Paul - 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Busy weekend getting ready for winter - been nice so an early start is is ... ... excellent - The Amavi from Washington was interesting in that there was an herdal compound to it that made it great with food and Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz was a big time QPR wine that drank elegantly - a fruity, minerally driven wine that had a long finish - p... Read More

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  • RC - The Hazana Vines Viejas Rioja wine would be my choice, followed by the ... the ... celebration of The Washington Ballet and for this single performance they pulled out all the stops.  Dinner prior to that was at Kingbird, in the Watergate Hotel.  Besides a very nice meal, I tried a glass of Crown Royal Canadian whisky to get me in the ri... Read More

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  • Revelry Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007


    Lively oak bouquet Lovely taste Read More

    Wine review by martce

  • Al, you can't come to Washington and NOT take the Clipper over to Victoria for a couple of days!  You'll then be tasting more good wine.Heather, let me check into a few for you. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Paleo Princess that loves wine

  • Welcome to the Snooth forum Heather.  DV is a good guy to help you out, ... to sampling some wines in Washington state next March, which is close to Canada anyway. &nbs Read More

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  • 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.

    Comment by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko

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

    Comment by 891722dunann 891722 dunann

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    Comment by 774968cooter browns 774968 cooter browns

  • 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

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