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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Kestrel Wines

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

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

  • Jones of Washington

    Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new groun...

  • Hyatt Vineyards

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

  • Five Star Cellars

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

  • Red Diamond

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

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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's Superbowl Sunday!  We started out this afternoon with a trip into Washington DC to the Phillips Museum, where we listened to a performance by Sandrine Piau, soprano and boy was she magnificent!  Sure we would miss the Superbowl 50 kickoff, but my wife didn't care.  This was art and I'm very happy I attended the performance.  We managed to r... Read More

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  • Columbia Valley Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2011

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    Sweet wet white wine with only the slightest bit of tart / dry in the finish. Agreeable, drinkable and stand alone, though would also pair well with a light dinner or cheese plate. A memorable treat with character that's likely to induce a craving every few months. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Today was a good day to see the auto show in Washington DC, so we did just that.  After a leisurely morning we headed out the door at 1 PM, taking the Metro to the Convention Center where the show was being held.  There are of course so many cars to see that you could spend a whole day there but Sandra likes to keep it to only about three hours ... Read More

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  • Kiona Syrah Red Mountain Reserve NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by pnordholm


  • There's also some decent stuff from New Mexico of all places. GregT - ... and Columbia Winery in the Washington wine good value for under $20 clu Read More

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  • Syncline Red Rhone Blend Columbia Valley Subduction 2009

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    Wine review by alovell


  • Radius Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Wine review by alegator


  • Malbec to me tastes like soap, I would start with Riesling from Germany, Finger Lakes NY, or Washington State, maybe a California Zinfandel from Lodi, the Josh reds are great for around $15 too especially the Merlot Read More

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  • Basel Cellars Ode To Merriment Columbia Valley 2004

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    Wine review by markmas


  • I suppose the 'GSM' identifier was a play on acronyms.  Kind of ... ... would enjoy.  The Washington State Gramercy was a close second choice for me.No Axis of evil intent out here EM.  I do watch lots of WWII movies and such though, and I'm really interested in the secret weapons programs that Germany and Japan had going as they faced the st... 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...

    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!

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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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