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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

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

  • Va Piano Vineyards

    Established in 2005, specialize in red variatels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Duck Pond Cellars

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling Columbia Valley Wine 2011


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


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    Wine review by gmb468

  • Thank you Big Al for having the interest to even look that up!  The Washington one was pretty good actually and was only $24.  Skylite Cellars Reserve is really good, but is $47 (USD).  I've been trying a lot of BC Syrahs in search of another couple to bring to OT's event. The Kettle Valley I tried was a 2008 and had a gorgeous nose, great full ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • EM - We always make an Open Table reservation for this and many other restaurants in Washington DC.  They were very busy, mostly due to a concert that was soon to start at the Verizon Center (where the Washington Capitols play hockey) only two blocks north.  It is one of Jose's restaurants.  There is another one we frequent in Crystal City (real... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Welcome, BStef.  I have don't necessarily have anything to recommend ... ... Merlots coming from Washingto Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Lone Birch Riesling 2011


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    Wine review by Austinista

  • Welcome Bstef,I see you're from Chicago (one of my favourite US ... wine ... wine industries here and in Washington (some good merlot in both). I'm curious...did you and Wine have a falling out at some point?  Read More

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  • Sandra and I enjoyed a wonderful play on Tuesday night - 'Private ... was ... was at a small theater in Washington DC.  For dinner prior to the show, we dined at Jaleos, a tapas bar.  I selected a Spanish white wine this time, the 2012 Vina Esmeralda Moscato Torres.  This was a dry, slightly fruity wine and it paired well with mussels, oysters... Read More

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  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's 500 days until retirement tonight.  It ... ... It was a lot of fun in Washington DC - three restaurants right next to each other, all related and I think owned by the same gentlemen.  The first was an oyster bar called "Eat the Rich", where we enjoyed a glass of white wine (Albarino) and a dozen oysters; the sec... Read More

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  • Hungary is coming to America – Hungarian Wine Road Show 2014What kind of ... June:New York (NY) – Washington DC (CO) – Charlotte (NC) – Atlanta (GA)– Jacksonville (FL) – New Orleans (LA) – Dallas (TX) – Los Angeles (CA) – Las Vegas (NE) – San Francisco (CA) – Napa Valley (CA). For more information visit our website: www.hungarianwineroadshow.c... Read More

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  • 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.

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