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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Pacific Rim

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Hyatt Vineyards

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

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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://...

    Comment by 114337HardRow 114337 HardRow


  • Revelry Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007

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    Lively oak bouquet Lovely taste Read More

    Wine review by martce


  • Al, you can't come to Washington and NOT take the Clipper over to Victoria for a couple of days!  You'll then be tasting more good wine.Heather, let me check into a few for you. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Paleo Princess that loves wine


  • Welcome to the Snooth forum Heather.  DV is a good guy to help you out, ... to sampling some wines in Washington state next March, which is close to Canada anyway. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Paleo Princess that loves wine


  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... ... orange Muscat. Kiona in Washington makes sweet wine. BV makes a sweet dessert wine. If you're near a trader Joe's, you might try IPSUS Pantelleria Passito. It's not made like Sauternes, but it's sweet and not too bad - tastes a little like sweet peaches. Matter of f... Read More

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  • California Sauterne.  Wow.  Talk about a blast from the past.I do ... ... term)Pacific Rim is a Washington (I think) winery that makes a completely dry Riesling.  If there is a Cost Plus/World Market near you, they generally carry it for less than $10.  There are several other Riesling makers from Washington, Oregon and New York that, if you ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sauterne, Labeled in the sixties


  • Radius Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    Gawdawful fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Charles Smith Merlot Washington State the Velvet Devil 2013

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    From the maker of Boom! Boom! Syrah. For the price point this is a real steal. Vivid berry fruits, spice, earthy tones and a pencil lead quality that really pops out for some reason lead to medium tannins and well framed acidity. What follows is a juicy, lengthy after taste. Charles Smith does it again. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Charles Smith Merlot Washington State the Velvet Devil 2013

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Charles Smith Merlot Washington State the Velvet Devil 2013

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  • I'll add my welcome.  Auburn eh?  I know it well.  My old ... I like Italian wine too, but Washington is hard to bea 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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  • velvet devil

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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!

    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

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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...

    Comment by 105252Bartond 105252 Bartond


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