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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Lucha Vino

Washington state resident. Global citizen. Wine explorer. Bike racer. Exploring wines from around the world by comparing Washington wines to challengers from around the globe in weekly wine matches.

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Hyatt Vineyards

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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

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

  • 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 ...

  • Pacific Rim

    First released by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard in 1992, Pacific Rim Dry Riesling quickly ...

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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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  • I've started working on the signs Sandra and I will carry this Saturday at ... 'Woman's March on Washington' event in which we protest the presidency of Trump.  You guys know how we feel about him and what he did to get elected, so this might be just the start of protesting for us.  In any case, a nice red wine (2013 Medlock Ames Estate Red) g... Read More

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  • Polka Dot Riesling 2013

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    Headache every night. A bit fake. Read More

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  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley. ... ... March we are heading to Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon (Willamette Valley).  It might be a few years before we return to the San Francisco area, but we do love it there.Today I was much better.  We started out by heading into the district to attend an O... Read More

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  • OK D.  I'll take the bait...  Describing Washington as "world class wine growing region"My home state answer - We don't get the credit we deserve for the quality of our vineyards and our wines.My cynical answer - See, you can say whatever you want to on a wine label in the States. My sarcastic answer - You don't grow wine, you grow grapes that y... Read More

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  • Thanks for the additional info Lucha! Ten years ago I like a lot of Washington wines but now I'm a little more selective and these fit the bill!!!   Read More

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  • Sweet Bliss Sweet 2008

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    Light earthy cranberry and strawberry aromas. Some residual sugar here displaying a candied palate of cranberry, cherry and strawberry fruit, definitely a candy shop aisle palate but more restrained on the sugars than other "sweet red" wines in the category. Read More

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  • DV - Sorry to hear you weren't feeling good over the holidays.  As I ... ... Sean Sullivan (from the Washington Wine Report and Wine Enthusiast) rates the wines highly.I drank a 2006 Pepperbridge a couple weeks ago and it was tasting awesome.  You should open that one soon!&nbs Read More

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  • MJet - Soos Creek is another of my favorites.  The winemaker is a super ... ... two of the early guys in Washington and two of the top vineyards in the state.  Well don Read More

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  • Speaking of Washington.... This is one of my favorite daily drinker's from Washington State. This 2012 Soos Creek is an excellent wine in the less than $20 range. Initial mix of raspberry/blueberry with good acidity, mid palate some blackberry and a touch of mineralality and balanced tannins. Medium body and average finish. A really easy drinkin... Read More

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  • DV & VV - Indeed!  Walla Walla is a great stop in Washington.  Let me know if you make it out this way.  I might even make a trip up to Victoria with yout to visit DV. :-) 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!

    Comment by 479390hordur 479390 hordur


  • 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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