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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Hyatt Vineyards

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

  • Willow Crest Winery

    Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

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

  • Thurston Wolfe

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

  • DeLille Cellars

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

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

    Winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels the second generation of the Mielke family to oversee...

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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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  • "The right didn't make a point of starting fights in the streets with ... the Pew Research Centre in Washington found that, among Japanese, confidence in America to do the right thing in world affairs was 54 percentage points lower than it was when Mr Obama was president. Among Australians it had fallen by 55 points and among South Koreans by ... Read More

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  • Waterbrook Melange Red Varietal Blend 2012

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    Huge cranberry/black raspberry juice coloration with rust and/or Earthy tinges around the outside ring.....good clarity. Aromas of black plum, huge leather, herbal/leafy notes of tobacco and fennel leaf, mildly charred oak wood, black cherry pits, blackberry, and cedar forest soils and a hint of smoke. Flavors that represent deep dark berry (c... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Charles & Charles Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah 2014

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    Really good and very approachable. Plenty of fruit, cassis, a little coffee, anise, vanilla. The tannins are there to add a grip to the body and fill out with a dark cherry note intermingled with driving acidity. Well done - drink through 2018 - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • All presidents pardon people going back to 1789.  Do we agree with all of ... ... did the most - George Washington the least.  President Obama commuted the sentences of over 1,700 non-violent drug offenders also. I would think there types of offenders in there but not many.The hackles came up and will come up for anything Trump does in this a... Read More

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  • Guess August wasn't as restful as lazy boy had hoped. He really stepped in ... Robert E. Lee with George Washington, which have upped the nationwide dissatisfaction quotient considerably. Today, since he was getting criticism about Charlottesville from business leaders he tweeted "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manuf... Read More

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  • Now that's an idea.  I'd meet you.  We could tour some Washington wineries and drive north into BC and do some there also!  Read More

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  • Would like to clarify the terms of my bet with you guys, Jack and BLM. ... ... report of this survey by the Washington Post this week. Seems more than half of Republicans would accept a postponement/cancellation of the 2020 elections if Trump says it's necessary. American democracy really is far more precarious than we were taught to think.So ... Read More

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  • Boom Boom Syrah Washington State 2015

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    Flinty aromas of smoky tar and an underlying black currant fruit. Black cherry and black currant on the palate, some earth and a touch of cola towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Drink Washington State Carmenere Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Fruit forward and fresh with black cherry and blackberry aromas and bright cherry blossom notes. This is surprisingly full and bright on the palate with loads of fruit notes, mostly mixed berry, blueberry and cherry fruit with puckering acidity, chewy tannins and a punchy chocolate cherry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Drink Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope 2014

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    Light raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas, a touch candied and sweetly spiced. Blueberry, cherry and red currant fruit flavors on the palate with a fresh light texture and medium acidity. Easy drinking and mellow. 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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