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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Wine marketing, education professional and Chile Brand Ambassador with Vine Connections with a love of wine old and new. I am wine geek and traveler with an unquenchable desire to explore the world of wine one region and country at a time

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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • The Hiney Winery

    25 years ago The Hiney Winery was America’s number one comedy feature broadcast on over 600 radio...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

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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


  • Chilling red wine shouldn't be a concern at all, go for it!The last time I ... which was mostly inexpensive Washington State Tempranillo. Came out great with all reds coming out of the fridge...left them in overnigh Read More

    Forum post in the topic red sangria


  • Wow, there's a lot for me to get caught up on.Czarina, do you have ... ... seems to be fairly common in Washington and in Paso Robles.  Heck, look at The Prisoner.  A few years ago people went crazy for that.  They still do.  The same company also puts out "Blindfold," "Cuttings," and "Saldo."  The name of the guy who origianlly produced The P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Yep. It would be really interesting to see some kind of notification when the ... from California or Oregon or Washington or New York or wherever they're from.It may be a few years but I think the wines from the US are increasingly interesting and I see a future when the $15 wines are not overwhelmingly industrial blends. OT will keep us fille... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Sockeye Winery Pinot Grigio Columbia Valley 2012

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    Mineral, slightly savory and rich with green apples on the nose this smells tense and nervous. High acid on entry and still with a hint of trapped co2, this is a high wire of a wine with steely mineral character, dried apple peel flavors and crisp acids. Clean if a bit short on the finish, where this turns savory once again, this is a bit simple... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Arborbrook Vineyards Klipsun Vineyards M.L.H. Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • "It seems you People only drink California wines. Is it a patriotic stand ... worlds (including Oregon and Washington, but no, not Virginia), but a critical mass has been achieved in California that is probably unique. Unfortunately the wines don't travel overseas well, because domestic demand usually gobbles up all the bottles, and their pric... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I opened this last night and decanted it for an hour and it was still tighter ... we had a Kiona Syrah 2004 (Washington).  I opened up this one tonight and low and behold it was a gorgeous bouquet.  Pretty tannic still, but could use more time laying down.  OT- I LOVE Internet Explorer.  I just switched from Netscap Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Boy EM, you are making the most of the Hollywood Bowl this summer.  My ... Seasons at the Strathmore in Washington DC back in 2007.  She said there is nothing like Balachine's La Vaise, with the arrival of Death and the black gloves...Out here in Virginia we have Wolf Trap, and we're going to see Noche Flamenca (basically Flamenco dancers) nex... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 14 Hands Merlot Washington 2008

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    Round, full flavorNice, almost sweet Read More

    Wine review by gmoserc


  • Giant Wine Co. the Ghost of 413 Red Blend 2010

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    Truly a giant wine just like the title. Huge tannin complexity, a darkness in the flavor profile. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • 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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