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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Kennedy Shah

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

  • Red Diamond

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

  • Va Piano Vineyards

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

  • Cougar Creek Wine

    At Cougar Creek Wine, we specialize in homemade fruit and grape wines. These wines from our small...

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

    Stimson Estate Cellars wines are crafted from ripe, flavorful grapes from vineyards in the Columb...

  • Boomtown

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

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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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  • Wow, never have run into a paywall with the Economist (unlike the Boston Globe or Washington Post or New York Times or Wall Street Journal, though I appreciate their need for lifeblood cash). Maybe it's different when originating from Japan than from the States. Al, try from another IP address, or use a proxy server.DV, good to see you, stranger... Read More

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  • Al,Canoehead (cellar tracker handle) was there!  He just completed his ... ... colour and shape), the Washington was a bit taller.  When they were bagged I only knew which was the Washington.  I could have got Terri to do it, but wasn't a big deal.  Ideally, I'd have four decanters, but I don't! &nbs Read More

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  • I decided to open a bottle from a recent acquisition - the 2012 Garrison Creek ... ... in March when we were in Washington to taste wines and things of this nature.Of course, I had to do some work before opening a bottle.  I raked leaves, picked them up and then cut the lawn.  After that, I even took my 2005 Fatboy out for a little ride since ... Read More

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  • Efeste Upright 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try ... Steakhouse in Georgetown (Washington DC) last night, prior to a chamber music performance (Leila Josefowicz in Recital) at The Kennedy Center.  I selected a 2001 Grand Reserva Rioja from their wine list that was listed at $95, about double the retail price.  Inv... Read More

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  • Covey Run Riesling Washington 2009

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    Love this wonderful riesling, but can't seem to find it in Greenville SC anymore. Read More

    Wine review by LindWood


  • Very nice EM.  That should last a week or so.I picked up another case ... ... list at Garrison Creek in Washington state.  They are too small for a wine club.  We tasted their wines this past March, so we are excited to get six Syrah and six Cabernet Sauvignon bottle Read More

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  • Eternal Patience Roussane Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Creamy Meyer lemon and poached pear aromas. Okay and chunky on the palate with a zesty vanilla spice, muted citrus fruit on the mid palate and a finish of rich cream, melted butter and peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Two more acquisitions were picked up Sunday, after we returned from a visit to ... to ... from Long Shadows in Washington State; we joined their wine club back in March of this yea Read More

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  • I see that Trump is in fine form this morning, with the usual amount of ... ... those in dire need..."Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that Puerto Rico is going to have to shoulder more responsibility for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, saying the federal government's emergency responders can't stay there "forev... 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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