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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Kennedy Shah

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

  • DeLille Cellars

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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

    The wines of Badger Mountain Vineyard and Powers Winery reflect the shared values of father and s...

  • A Maurice Cellars

    The exquisite wine at àMaurice starts with respecting the land — healthy vines mean healthy wi...

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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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  • Sandra and I needed to head down south to Charlottesville, Virginia this week ... ... playing closer to us in Washington DC like he usually does, so we figured why not go down there and make it a Bed & Breakfast trip with some wine tasting tossed in.  And thus it was to be.We started off on Wednesday, 22 February 2017, expecting relatively we... Read More

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  • English Sparkling Wine above.....The wine to the extreme right is BALFOUR 1503 ... ... Canada!SIEMA WINES in Washington D.C is the company presently importing English Sparkling Win Read More

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  • Few seem to really understand or know, what is really taking place in the ... Montana, Massachusetts and Washington, D.CBear in mind, that production is still limited.                   &nbs Read More

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  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Olsen Brothers Vineyard Yakima Valley 2015

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    Eucalyptus and ripe apple are a bit chemical but are glazed with honeyed notes. Juicy, plump and soft in the mouth, this brings good peach and apple notes but does veer towards a chemical note again towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2013

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    A big surprise. This needed a little lay down time and was well rewarded. Lush and fruity with rounded tannins and good acidity. A wonderful mouthfeel this is a perfect daily drinker - 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Just a note to add.  The bartender gave me that glass and he was not one ... the Arena Stage Theater in Washington DC.  It was Watch on the Rhine, and a most excellent play.  Rather long at 2.5 hours, and then we still needed to dine afterwards.  Ended up with a glass of red wine (Rioja for me, Chianti for Sandra), along with a pizza nearby be... Read More

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  • Spent the day riding my Harley touring bike in the morning to a local H-D ... ... daughter and her friends in Washington DC to attempt to see an exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum - but Sandra and I were turned away because they were over capacity!  We met one of our daughter's friends who had waited four hours in the line outside and was now in ... Read More

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  • Amour - Do you live down there in Miami?  Sounds like fun and the price of ... of ... be on vacation in Washington / Oregon during most of the tour though. &nbs Read More

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  • Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Steve Bennett


  • Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Steve Bennett


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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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