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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Red Diamond

    Red Diamond is a brand of wines produced in Washington State since 2003. The value driven wines...

  • Covey Run Winery

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

  • Va Piano Vineyards

    Established in 2005, specialize in red variatels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

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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://...

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  • Yes, DM, it was a 1991.  It is funny, though, as I indicated above, if you ... ... on the tables at the Washington restaurant, but my experience is that everything is eaten with your fingers except the Couscous for which they give you a spoon.  Also, you get to throw the bones on your table.  I don't know why that tickles me so much, but it do... Read More

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  • Sandra and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last night in Washington DC, after visiting her mother who is now at home (about 4 miles from where we live).  Sandra's mom has improved quite a bit in the last few days to the point where she can actually get up and walk maybe ten feet and back without her walker.  Her ability to speak isn't ... Read More

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  • Jealous again, Tasting again; a Ton of New French Oak.. New French Oak. I beg ... ... in Cabs, Merlots, Italy, Washington, Calif.-although many wines were pleasing that guests provided. La Massa and Miestro proved themselves.Viva... this Thread.!! Happy New Year 201 Read More

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  • 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by erickafilm


  • D,I had to ponder this a bit because there aren't many Washington vineyard growing Nebbiolo.  So, the corollary is that not many Washington wineries are making Nebbiolo!  The ones that do tend to use too much oak and it masks the finer qualities of the grape that came out in the excellent 1998 Barolo that I received from my Secret Santa.I did ta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Day...


  • This week has shown some progress with Sandra's mother and her hospital ... are from Columbia Valley in Washington State (the winery is located in Oregon however) and it tastes like a Zinfande Read More

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  • Kudos Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley 2012

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    Nice, light to medium bodied Oregon pinot noir. Decent acidity, good black cherry, rhubarb, dark plum and dried prune overtones with a fairly long finish. Good but not great in that there aren't a lot of layers, just a straight forward dark fruit front end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • So what Washington State wine would you use as its opponent luchador?? Read More

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  • Painful to watch Brian! Hopefully some better wines are coming your way...well, ... ... for me, bought through a Washington based distributor, better known as "Full Pull". For just north of $10, and under $15 delivered, this is very solid MOB, or material other than Burgundy (+Barolo, Barbaresco, for that matter). On that vein of Bourgogne, thi... Read More

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  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills H3 2012

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    Nice deep ruby in color. Upon opening, stony nose with blackcurrant and black plum aromas with a stemmy, earthy quality. Hints of bay leaf. On the palate, it has a huge entry with dark flavors of bitter cocoa, espresso, roasted meat, bay leaf, fennel, cassis and a graphite note with a chalky texture. Lingers on black coffee and smoke. It's ... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • 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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