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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

    Stimson Estate Cellars wines are crafted from ripe, flavorful grapes from vineyards in the Columb...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Pacific Rim

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

  • Saviah Cellars

    Saviah Cellars is a family-owned and operated artisan winery located in the acclaimed Walla Walla...

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Washington on Snooth

  • 14 Hands Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    Had this yesterday with lunch. Really pleasant, though have no idea how it might stack up with anything else. Black and blue fruit, with herbs and a bit of spice, then some oak and vanilla. Nice full mouthfeel. Very impressive pricing, will need to get a few bottles and do a better tasting...by the way, it went very well with the Mushroom Raviol... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • V V - Glad to hear you liked Domaine Serene; yes their Chardonnay is very good ... at the Phillips Museum in Washington DC, and then at dinner afterwards (Ping Pong is the restaurant's name; well known for Dim Sum) and finally at the bar in an Indian restaurant called Resika for her cocktail and my Bordeaux blend.  Quite a nite and good thing ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Thanks for the answers to my questions.  I think we are all hoping OT is ... this last night walking in Washington DC (DuPont Circle area) after a lovely performance at the Phillips Museum by Ji Young Lim on the violin.  I'll post more later tonight in my usual threads if I have tim Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • L V - That Wine Folly virtual tasting was quite good, maybe as good as some of ... near The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  We selected a wonderful 2014 Chablis (Chardonnay) to pair with Sandra's Rock Fish and my Pork Chop.  Following the wonderful meal, we attended a ballet - The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.  There were four dances, 'Walpurgisna... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • A lot of Washington wineries make seem to treat Cab Franc like it should be the same as Cab Sauv.  Many get substantial oak treatment and end up losing their herbal and floral character.  One that I have enjoyed in the past is from Fielding Hills.  I have a 2009 in my cellar that caught my eye recently.  This thread seems like a great reason to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2014


    Simple fruit aromas of peach. Some tartness on the palate, with soft flavors and a little flabbiness, muted lemon and citrus fruit grows stronger on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Happy Anniversary as well OT.  Glad to see those wines were from the hood ... ... Kidding, but damn I love Washington wine :)The In-laws are coming up for Christmas, so I won't be back till Easter probably, or the race for sur Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Who knew that there is a $95 Virginia wine? (Thanks to OT for the snarkiness ... a Sonoma County example or a Washington state example would be instructive.  The more I think of it, though, the more the permutations become silly.It just ain't gonna happen.The article is an interesting anecdote, but, continuing with the OT-inspired snarkiness, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • It's interesting that a few new topics have popped up recently ... ... McIntyre she cut out of a Washington Post newspaper dated 25 March 2015.  I'm starting this new topic based on this article "The wine cost four digits.  And the taste?" regarding the Screaming Eagle wine and several other high-end Cabernet Sauvignon wines like Silver Oak.  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red Wahluke Slope 2012


    Complex creamy, vanilla notes on the nose with blackberry and black cherry fruit. More focussed on red fruit in the mouth, with loads of acidity, raspberry and cherry, cream and chocolate, espresso and toast. Towards the finish there is a tannic bite, cocoa and cinnamon, and a long smoky finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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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