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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Va Piano Vineyards

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

  • Russell Creek Winery

    Russell Creek Winery was founded in 1998 in the southeast corner of the State of Washington on a ...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Kestrel Wines

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

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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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  • Yesterday we conducted another wine tasting party at our friends Sally & ... seven Virginia AVAs (George Washington Birthplace AVA, Middleburg AVA, The Monticello AVA, The North Fork of Roanoke AVA, The Rocky Knob AVA, The Shenandoah Valley AVA and Virginia's Eastern Shore AVA).  We ended up with eight bottles; a Cabernet Sauvignon, two Viogni... Read More

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  • Re: Cab/Syrah blends, do we agree that Washington is the biggest culprit here?Have had some real nasty ones from WA State. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Masters of Wine - Syrah Panel...


  • Yes, I agree with you RC.  'Good Enough' is a common statement for ... for ... things happen in Washington D Read More

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  • Yesterday, being a beautiful Saturday here in Northern Virginia, started with a ... time to take the Metro into Washington DC for dinner at BOE (a new restaurant for us) and then the play Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth theater.  Dinner was quite good, and I tried for the first time.....alligator ribs!  I had a draft IPA beer to wash it down, and th... Read More

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  • Dublin Ranch Columbia Valley Wash Syrah 2014

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    very bright and fresh syrah that causes one to want more. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Pinot Diva - Thanks for the update.Chelan is one of my favorite wine destinations in Washington.  It is a "short" 3 hour drive from Seattle and features some great wine and the wine-makers are all down to earth regular people.  All the wineries you mention are top notch!Boudreaux is also fabulous.  Here is a link to a feature I did on the winery... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Columbia gorge


  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off ... alcohol, fruit driven. Both Washington & Oregon vineyards.Analemma: 100% Gorge grown grapes. The ribbon-like emblem on the bottle signifies boundless or infinity. Once again there is a NZ influence. One of the vineyards, Atavus, is both organic & biodynamic. Wines inc... Read More

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  • Last night we dined in the district (Washington DC) and enjoyed a play at the Studio Theater called Hedda Gabler - which was written by Henrik Ibsen in the late 1800's.  In fact, it premiered on 31 January 1891 at the Residenztheater in Munich Germany.  Quite a lively performance and overall a good play.  Dinner was at a restaurant we had not tr... Read More

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  • I'm enjoying a rose' from Waters Winery (Walla Walla Washington) that is a blend of Syrah and Viognier 55/45 and cofermented.  It is orange/tangerine in color and has hints of peach, melon and straw on the nose with similar palate and really nice acidity on the finish. Read More

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  • This past Memorial Day weekend continued with Rolling Thunder on Sunday ... ... ... group, called the WORMS (Washington Operations Riders of Motorcycles) has been getting smaller as riders get older or move away - our West Virginia group didn't come out this year because the folks they usually stay with ended up moving back to West Virginia ea... 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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