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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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Covey Run Winery

    Named for the coveys of quail that patrol our prized vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Covey Run ...

  • A Maurice Cellars

    The exquisite wine at àMaurice starts with respecting the land — healthy vines mean healthy wi...

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Covey Run Riesling Washington 2009

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    Love this wonderful riesling, but can't seem to find it in Greenville SC anymore. Read More

    Wine review by LindWood


  • Very nice EM.  That should last a week or so.I picked up another case ... ... list at Garrison Creek in Washington state.  They are too small for a wine club.  We tasted their wines this past March, so we are excited to get six Syrah and six Cabernet Sauvignon bottle Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Eternal Patience Roussane Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Creamy Meyer lemon and poached pear aromas. Okay and chunky on the palate with a zesty vanilla spice, muted citrus fruit on the mid palate and a finish of rich cream, melted butter and peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Two more acquisitions were picked up Sunday, after we returned from a visit to ... to ... from Long Shadows in Washington State; we joined their wine club back in March of this yea Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I see that Trump is in fine form this morning, with the usual amount of ... ... those in dire need..."Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that Puerto Rico is going to have to shoulder more responsibility for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, saying the federal government's emergency responders can't stay there "forev... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current thoughts on our...


  • Last night we enjoyed a nice wine dinner with our neighbors (Rick and Debbie), ... we followed with our 2014 Washington Duckhorn Canvasback red blend.  Then we opened our 2010 Barolo, which everyone agreed was the best wine of the evening.  That was followed by a 2014 California Cabernet Sauvignon, and with dessert, we sampled their premium vo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Lefty, we have tasted wines in Oregon on several trips to the west coast (2013, ... this year we even visited Washington along with Oregon.  The reds in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington were the best red blends in our opinion.  I hope you can gain access to them.  We did join Long Shadows Vineyards from our trip this past March.In Virginia, w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines not available locally


  • Sunday evening was spent in Washington DC.  First there was dinner at a Tapas restaurant (Jaleos) and then we saw 'The Arsonists' at the Woolly Mammoth theater.  Dinner was wonderful but I didn't like the play and I walked out half-way through.   I waited in the lobby for it to finish when Sandra came out.  She loves everything but I just couldn... Read More

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  • Paul, that Muga is fantastic.  I buy it a few times a year, always ... ... ... with Long Shadows (Washington state) to make their Sequel Syrah.  Nice stuff you have there.Water piped into a domicile at pressure is always a potential disaster!  I'm a plumber/gasfitter and I've seen lots of awful messes (thank God not ones I caused).  In my own... Read More

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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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  • 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


  • Try Coumbia Crest Grand Estates. I drank a 2006 Cabernet that was very pleasing to the pallet. Heavy Chocolate overtones. I will buy it again. It is a step up but still very affordable.

    Comment by 342728Angler 342728 Angler


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