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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Jake Pippin

Wine marketing, education professional and Chile Brand Ambassador with Vine Connections with a love of wine old and new. I am wine geek and traveler with an unquenchable desire to explore the world of wine one region and country at a time

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Saviah Cellars

    Saviah Cellars is a family-owned and operated artisan winery located in the acclaimed Walla Walla...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • Covey Run Winery

    Named for the coveys of quail that patrol our prized vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Covey Run ...

  • Russell Creek Winery

    Russell Creek Winery was founded in 1998 in the southeast corner of the State of Washington on a ...

  • DeLille Cellars

    DeLILLE CELLARS is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington and was originally co-fou...

  • Latah Creek Winery

    At Latah Creek our stylistic aim is to create wines that taste like the grapes from which they ca...

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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


  • But comrades, the northern Rhone has always been very good as many of you ... ... ... there are equally good Washington State and British Columbia alternatives to this delectable style).  As for Burgundy, well, that is all about Pinot Noir.  You can blame a certain 15th Century Duke for some of the excesses there - where other grape varieties... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern...


  • I tend to like the 'smoked' flavor in some cheeses, but last night the ... our nation's capitol - Washington DC.  All the pictures can be seen on my 'Weekday Wine' posting, and I'll just put a few of them here so I don't overwhelm you guys with my shutter madness.  Several of you would have enjoyed the NSO rehearsal of several Tchaikovsky piec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Yesterday (22 Jan 2015) was a day spent entirely in Washington DC.  We started out going to The Kennedy Center to listen to a National Symphony Orchestra rehearsal.  That was followed by the best lunch ever at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.  After walking around to view exhibits at a few museums (including the viewing of the El Greco e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Gee I wonder if the Hell’s Angels will be there. They would be so cute ... ... from California, Oregon, Washington, France, Italy, Spain to taste at the Harley-Davidson duplex Showroom in TriBeC Read More

    Forum post in the topic Speaking of Harley Davidson


  • Columbia Crest Red Blend H3 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Nice Red blend from Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux. Deep fruit flavor with currant with deep purple color, almost black. Nice tannins at the end and a finish that is long. A true value everytime for under $10 dollars.Coats the mouth and throat with that fine deep red flavor Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Yes, Virginia does have a nice collection of wineries to visit. Sarah, you ... from?  I'm close to Washington DC, more specifically in Springfield VA.  Our closest winery is in Clifton VA (Paradise Springs) but there are over 240 wineries across the state.  My favorite is RdV Winery out near Delaplane VA and there is also Barborsville Winery as... Read More

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  • Well Damn!  A Lemberger (aka Blaufrankisch).  Al are you sure you ... ... Mind you, the stuff from Washington is higher alcohol, probably more temperature days for sure.  I glad you gave it a whirl anyway.  Two years in oak!?  Wow.&nbs Read More

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  • DV - We did the Tauck 'Essence of South America' tour last year (about ... ... We used a service out of Washington DC to handle getting the visas for our passports; you need to have at least 2 months for this process because they don't like to rush.  Back when I was working it was a big deal to personally go visit a foreign embassy and you had... Read More

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  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... several wine classes at the Washington Wine Academy, most of them several years ago.  We have toured at least 30 wineries across the world (most of course in the US; VA, CA, and OR, but also MD and NM).  We've toured three wineries in Chile, and drank wine in Chile, ... Read More

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  • Cedar Creek Winery Unoaked Chardonnay NV

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    On the sour side. Lemon and herb. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • 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


  • velvet devil

    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


  • 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...

    Comment by 346464vinoniki 346464 vinoniki


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