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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

  • DeLille Cellars

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

  • Duck Pond Cellars

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

  • Vital

    Our Story   Vital Wines produces wines that complete a circle.  All proceeds go to the SOS ...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

    At Cougar Creek Wine, we specialize in homemade fruit and grape wines. These wines from our small...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

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Washington on Snooth

  • 14 Hands Kentucky Derby Red Blend Columbia Valley 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Boom Boom Syrah Washington State 2015

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    Flinty aromas of smoky tar and an underlying black currant fruit. Black cherry and black currant on the palate, some earth and a touch of cola towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dvolger I find Washington wines to be a much better buy than Napa. I think I can get a equal Washington wine for 60-70% for the same quality as. Napa  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Just bought DeLille,another Washington, got bottle of the syrah,GSM,and Bourdeaux blend. They actually called me ,little bit of a sale,guess they were trying to get rid of stock Read More

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  • Jack, yes the tiered U.S. marketing system totally sucks.There is certainly ... I recognize the quality of Washington wines.  Then, when you look at pricing, it is easy to like Washington wines even more.That being said, there are good deals from California wineries.  If you do want to get some ideas, just go back at some of the posts on the t... Read More

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  • Am waiting on shipment of 2.bottles of Quilceda Creek 2015 Cabernet,and 3 ... ... Betz’s. These are both Washington wines which I find to have a better QPR than California wines, must admit not living in California puts me at a disadvantage of not being able to find and know the great values I am sure California has,plus living in Texas we hav... Read More

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  • I'm loving the Syrah wines right now, but I still look for the ones coming from Washington state.  Who makes the best Syrah wines?  France, USA, Australia? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • It's Friday night (well, now it's early Saturday morning) and we've ... at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC.  The Washington Ballet Company was hosting a fund raising event there tonight and it was a blast.  Sandra really enjoyed herself.  We both love ballet.The wines and food pairings were exceptional.  Interestingly, the wines were provi... Read More

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  • So today is a new day.  Started off with a 2-hour massage and then I went ... I've had the Melot from Washington State before so it's a know good one ($12.99).  I think that French wine was around $22.  Anyway, I opened the Columbia Crest Syrah and it's quite good for this price point.  I might just get another bottle next time.  I'm drinking ... Read More

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  • It wouldn't have been out of place to request an older Cabernet Sauvignon, ... Besides, I usually enjoy the Washington State wines and I find them a good value, like Spanish wines in general.I did drink this 2016 Bordeaux that I picked up a few weeks ago at Wegman's grocery store.  I think it was about $9, but it tasted quite decent - easily w... 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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