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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

    Ryan Patrick Vineyards production facility is located in Quincy, Washington a stones throw from o...

  • Thurston Wolfe

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

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

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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


  • Oh man, what a night.  Wife made shepherd's pie with fresh veggies and ... me.  The starter was a Washington blend from Tamarack called Firehouse Red.  It took a while to open up, but was pretty good for $1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Red Theory Red Blend 2012

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    This is well balanced and on the medium to light full weight. Black current with vanilla and tobacco flavors. Medium finish with medium tannins. This wine for the price is tasty Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Washington Hills Summit Reserve Late Harvest Riesling Walla Wa

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    I recently had the Washington Hills, Late Harvest Riesling, Walla Walla, 2012 at a Wine Bar in Florida. It was delicious - fruity but not too sweet. I live in California though and I can't find it anywhere. Read More

    Wine review by smclay00


  • DV, it wouldn't be much of an issue for you to send wine through a ... ... down here at some point? Or Washington relatives, et Read More

    Forum post in the topic It's getting to be that time...


  • I don't want to sound like a bummer, but shipping wine for me is ... by ... by most, save for a smaller Washington winery.  I will bring some BC wine to any event possible for me to attend, or person who extends an invitation.  I find that more meaningful than passing fifty bucks from one hand to another.  It's a nice idea though. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic It's getting to be that time...


  • Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon the Expedition 2012

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, certainly appropriate for a Cabernet from the Columbia Valley. The nose is quite pleasant with some lovely floral notes atop some rich, ripe fruit notes of plum and red currant and just a bit of smokiness. The taste is really quite nice, very fruit forward, with flavors of ripe raspberry, blackberry ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • The BC liquor store near me had the 2008 Grange for $550.  I recognized it ... back in March at the Taste Washington event, damn good.  Speaking of damn good, is anyone else happy that Twin Peaks is coming bac Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Hello,Do you know what grapes you like?  With no information to go on, ... ... maybe even a merlot from Washington and then try them side by side (or if that's extravagant, have one with dinner each day and take notes).There's too much out there to recommend.  There's no magic one that will always be good and chea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for an everyday red...


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Very satisfying sparkler from one of Willamette's oldest wineries. Pink rose color with wild strawberry, tart cherry, decent acidity and a medium finish. This is not real dry but not sweet either, it walks a fine line between both, quite enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Last night we attended an interesting theater performance of 'Cheri' at ... ... at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  This was performed in the Terrace Theater, a smaller and more intimate stage; Ruth Ginsburg (http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx) was there with her Secret Service escort too.  Anyway prior to the performance o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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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