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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Lucha Vino

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Kestrel Wines

    We opened our winery in early 1999 on three acres in the Prosser Wine and Food Park. Our winery b...

  • Covey Run Winery

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

  • DeLille Cellars

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

  • Vitis Ridge

    Vitis Ridge has five partners, including Glen Brunger, Chris and Sharon Deckelmann and Bruce and ...

  • Grand Reve Vintners

    Founded in 2004 by business entrepreneur Paul McBride and vineyard manager Ryan Johnson, Grand Rê...

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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


  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2009

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    Wine review by NealS


  • D - I assumed you'd know Leeuwenhoek, I was just thinking that he pre-dated ... the Constitution adopted and Washington elected and he died shortly after. That would have been in 1789-90 so so I guess he wouldn't have been talking about bacteria.However, fast forward many years to the time GregT is in grad school.Of course, he prowled around wh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! ( and all...


  • Nelms Road Cabernet 2012

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    The color of this wine is a gorgeous ruby red with a lovely brightness along the edges. The nose is sublime, with notes of ripe dark fruit throughout, blackberries and currant over hints of dark chocolate and cherry cola. The taste is wonderful, warm and bright, it almost feels like your tasting a late summer day just before harvest. The love... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I have one, but it's laying down  :)  I tasted it at Taste Washington (boy, you missed some I guess!!) and it was the best of what they had. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • OT - Put me down for a +1.  Mrs. Lucha Vino will be joining me.  We ... :-)I am doing research on Washington Syrahs and will also be bringing something from BC courtesy of DV.Chee Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Glen Fiona Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    Purple ink. This wine is a floral beauty, filled with blackberry and a chewy texture that stays with you on finish. Notes of spice, tobacco and tannins that are noticeably dry and constant but not intrusive. Price is amazing at around $10 dollars. Word of notice: Let this one breathe or decant if possible as the flavor will deepen and open to a ... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Speak for yourself EMark!  I'm going down to Tradewater's place ... ... fingertips, but even in Washington state and BC (where I am), we don't get much of what they're tasting and posting about.  There's NO British Columbia wine in the States at all (except the occasional ice-wine) due to  bureaucracy.  That said...I'm learning more about Cal... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! ( and all...


  • James Cole on the Silverado trail is a hidden gem.  They make a Malbec and ... and ... out restaurants on Washington Street in Yountville.  There are some lesser known places that are very good. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • OT, isn't Cuddly Snark a Scotch?  Don't worry Richard, I'm ... seeing Lucha next month in Washington at a bike race and I'm bringing him a BC Syrah to bring to the Syrah Offline thing.  I'd send a few, but I think he'll have his hands full.  I'll pick a good representativ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Eager to learn all about wine


  • Welcome to Snooth Douglas.This is one if not the best website for all of us ... wineries in both Oregon and Washington and have taken self guided and professional tours to many Vineyards. I absolutely love living here as the weather is so much more comfortable.  Enjoy Snooth and all of the exceptionally wonderful people here !LeftyThe Great Pa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Douglas in Chicago!


  • 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


  • Try Coumbia Crest Grand Estates. I drank a 2006 Cabernet that was very pleasing to the pallet. Heavy Chocolate overtones. I will buy it again. It is a step up but still very affordable.

    Comment by 342728Angler 342728 Angler


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