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

  • Duck Pond Cellars

    Founded in 1993, Duck Pond Cellars owns and operates 840 acres of vineyards in the valleys of nor...

  • Red Diamond

    Red Diamond is a brand of wines produced in Washington State since 2003. The value driven wines...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • DeLille Cellars

    DeLILLE CELLARS is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington and was originally co-fou...

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Washington on Snooth

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  • Thank you for the terrific reports, Al.Bad weather is not the only cause of highway accidents.  It's been sunny and clear here in SoCal for the last week, or so.  That did not help some people involved with some very serious accidents that we passed on I-15 in the middle of the desert.  In one of them a helicopter landed on the freeway to evacua... Read More

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  • Thanks RC.  This is our last full day of vacation and we plan to walk over to the Space Needle, then have dinner with my cousin Marylin tonight.  The drive through the Cascades yesterday was very stressful due to rain, fog and people that drive too fast. Read More

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  • Lodmell Cellars Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2007

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    nose of nectar; black currant and pepper spices, but with some mineral freshness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • RBA - I've to let Snooth's IT dept know about this twice in the last 3 days.  The same problem existed for 36 hours last weekend and responded and fixed it.  You may as well delete the posts and do them after the problem is solved. Read More

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  • Tasting in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington. Read More

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  • Today we tasted at Garrison Creek Cellars and Pepper Bridge.  GC was much better. Read More

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  • Time for some fruit! Read More

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  • Today was a lovely 90-minute massage for me, followed by a 4-hour limo / wine tasting in Walla Walla.  We visited three wineries this afternoon:  Reininger, Long Shadow (our favorite) and Saviah Cellars.  They were all very decent and we'll do a few more wineries on our own tomorrow.  The Chihuly glass on display at Long Shadows was so beautiful! 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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