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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Latah Creek Winery

    At Latah Creek our stylistic aim is to create wines that taste like the grapes from which they ca...

  • Red Diamond

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

  • Thurston Wolfe

    Dr. Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream pr...

  • 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...

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Washington on Snooth

  • EM - It was a decent white and I will probably have another glass tomorrow as I ... we had a wonderful time in Washington DC (aka 'the district').  We started early by attending an NSO rehearsal at The Kennedy Center.  That took us to about noon, and then we rode the Metro over to the White House area to have lunch at 'The Oceanaire'.  This is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Covey Run Riesling 2010


    This is a nearly dry Riesling with perhaps 1% RS. Great nose of citrus, pine resin and petrol. Very unusual to find domestic Rieslings with this flavor profile. Could pass for a 10 yr old Kabinett. Holding up well at 4 yrs old. Good acid balance. Fruit is dominated by pine/petrol notes but still does well. My rating --89-90. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • I'll have to give that enTycement Zinfandel a try RS.  I do like the ... ... Stone Crab restaurant in Washington DC.  This was before we walked over to a nearby church to listen to John Cleese (An evening with John Cleese at the Church of the Ephiphony in Washington DC).  He was very funny and still quite on the ball at 75 years of age.  Most ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • How many folks enjoy whiskey?  On my recent 'Retired Rides' this ... I saw this article in the Washington Post this morning - the number one whiskey in the world is now a Japanese single malt!  The Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 received a score of 97.5 out of 100.  I stopped by an ABC store (the only place to buy spirits in Virginia) t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Yamazaki Single Malt

  • Today Sandra took a vacation day with the intent of getting us to visit the ... ... the Holocaust museum in Washington DC.  We started with a nice 3.5 walk along the Potomac River with her father (my usual Monday morning walk is with just him since Sandra is still working - 362 days to go now), and then we had a nice lunch and headed to downt... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Seven Hills Winery Mcclellan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2012


    The wine is a lovely deep violet in the glass with great clarity. The nose is quite nice, with aromas of leather over some ripe boysenberry and cherry notes and just a hint of dried herbs. The taste is just wonderful, with a rather subdued bit of fruit up front, berries and cherry that quickly gives way to some lovely mineral notes midpalate, ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2009


    I have never found a wine I like as much as Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling. It is light, refreshing, and perfect for summer. I like it chilled or room temperature. It's also great mixed 50/50 with orange juice. Read More

    Wine review by corkyhart

  • Woodward Canyon Barbera Estate 2012


    The wine is a deep inky purple in the glass with some brighter ruby along the edges. The nose is an adventure in decadent aromas, raspberry, blackberry and cassis along with a good bit of leather, graphite and forest floor. The taste is just a treat, with a blast of ripe fruit at the outset, ripe berries, plum and raisin that reminds you a bit... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Thanks OT.  Sandra just pointed out this Washington Post 'Wine' article from 22 Oct 2014 that mentions the Carlisle Winery & Vineyards in Somona when they review the new documentary 'American Wine Story'.  We would like to see this movie.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Oh man, what a night.  Wife made shepherd's pie with fresh veggies and ... me.  The starter was a Washington blend from Tamarack called Firehouse Red.  It took a while to open up, but was pretty good for $1 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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