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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Boomtown

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

  • Duck Pond Cellars

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

    Starting in 1999: C. R. Sandidge Wines is a family owned and operated small boutique winery. Ray ...

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Thurston Wolfe

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

  • Hyatt Vineyards

    Hyatt Vineyards was established by Leland and Lynda Hyatt in 1983. Evolving from a modest Estate ...

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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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  • It sure looks like a great event.When we lived in Madison, I was amazed at how ... ... trivia.  Showing Washington how true bipartisanship works, yesterday, the governor signed legislation declaring that California now has four official state nuts:  Almonds, Pecans, Pistachios and Walnuts.I've already heard the joke that California has 20 mil... Read More

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  • So Al, did you paste those names in the shark-waters photo, or did you pull the ... treason via Russia-Gate, the Washington Post reports:"Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest a... Read More

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  • My WTSO order arrived at UPS today (2013 Ross Andrew Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ... from the Red Mountain AVA of Washington State.  I love the taste and at about $23 a bottle, I think it is an excellent deal (free shipping too).  Hopefully I can save one bottle for a longer evaluation period.  I do like i Read More

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  • Very nice wines you guys.  I do keep an eye out for the 2012 vintages of ... ... the Nationals Stadium in Washington DC.  We had tickets for the game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves - The Nationals had just beaten them last night in a very long game that went (I think) into ten innings and included a rain delay.  Anyway, we had a lat... Read More

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  • D - I don't think he's pandering any more. He's not on the campaign ... that was founded by Adams, Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin?However - "he truly is a horse's ass and is in no way 'presidential' "Wrong.Kellyanne said that tweeting is "modern presidential". So there you ar Read More

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  • If I were writing a Trump-watch journal, today's entries would be:Saw that ... that ... media," the Washington "swamp?" None of this is knowable yet. What is knowable is that an increasingly agitated Donald Trump's hold on the presidency is beginning to slip."Starting re-reading Beowulf this weekend, for the first time in decades, this time i... Read More

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  • Last Sunday (25 June 2017) we were at the Danish Embassy in Washington DC for the Nordic Jazz Festival.  It was over a mile walk from the nearest Metro Station, and another mile walk after the event into Georgetown for dinner at the Eno Wine Bar, but we had a fantastic time.  The music was excellent and who can argue with free wine and h'ordeuve... Read More

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  • We are getting our daughter's bedroom painted today and tomorrow, now that ... ... our March 2017 trip to Washington and Oregon.  Now I can tell you, this is a nice Chardonna Read More

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


  • Cheers Fellow Wine Lovers!!!!!!Come tonight from 5-7pm and join us at the ... ... Patrick Winery located in Washington for only a QUARTER!!!!! Don't miss out!!! Read More

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  • Had this regular and favorite yesterday: 2013 Soos Creek-Red Mountain. ... ... medium finish. A very tasty Washington wine and one of our currrent favorites from the region. &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.

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

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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...

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  • 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!

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

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

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  • 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...

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