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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Varietals Produced in Washington View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Covey Run Winery

    Named for the coveys of quail that patrol our prized vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Covey Run ...

  • Va Piano Vineyards

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

  • Hyatt Vineyards

    Hyatt Vineyards was established by Leland and Lynda Hyatt in 1983. Evolving from a modest Estate ...

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

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

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

    Winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels the second generation of the Mielke family to oversee...

  • Russell Creek Winery

    Russell Creek Winery was founded in 1998 in the southeast corner of the State of Washington on a ...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Excellent estate Tempranillo from Tildio winery in Lake Chelan Washington Read More

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  • The Urban Winery scene in Seattle is booming.  The movement began with six ... interesting, high caliber, Washington wines served by people that are passionate about their wine and promoting Washington Wines.Here are some of my favorites (from South to North):Laurelhurst Predominantly red wines from Walla Walla, Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hi... Read More

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  • Charles Smith Wines Eve Chardonnay Washington 2014

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    Apple and melon aromas on the nose. Simple pear and apple flavors on the palate with a fresh fruit mouthfeel and good acidity. Read More

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  • Welcome Bill.  I'm in Victoria.  My wife is from your area and we ... ... I'm a huge fan of Washington wine.  I've had some great wines from Chandler Reach.  The Syrah in particular is great.  I also love Kiona and Alexandra Nicole.Have you come up across the border to BC's wine country?&nbs Read More

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  • Welcome Bil.  I love Washington reds and think they the QPR  of them is in general very good. Read More

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  • But stronger flavored squashes and the like and things that undergo browning, ... meal) with a nebbiolo from Washington.  That's a grape with serious tannins. It's also a good point that lots of folks in wine producing regions just couldn't have meat all the time but had lots of fresh produce for much of the year and drank whatever was on hand... Read More

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  • V V - Sounds like I might like that Toscana since you mentioned it was not ... ... ... return home to watch the Washington Capitols game.  Our wine tonight will be this nice 2013 St. Francis Zinfandel, which I opened earlier this afternoon to make sure it was drinkable for tonight.  It i Read More

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  • Oh my, this 2014 Mercer Canyons Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State is quite delicious!  Only $17 a bottle and I opened one of the three I just bought in the middle of my 'Cat Tuesday' activities.   Read More

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  • L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 1998

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    For being nearly old enough to vote, this wine seems quite vibrant, with a lovely garnet color in the glass with just a hint of amber at the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, cedar, oak and just a hint of musty peat reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux "funk." The taste brings forth some bright fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry col... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard Proprietary Red 2000

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    I let the wine decant for about 90 minutes before pouring. The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, with just a bit of opacity. The nose presents aromas of leather, blackberry, plum and a hint of forest floor. The taste presents surprising flavors of cherry cola up front that transitions nicely to some notes of mocha, nutmeg and baking spi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • 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...

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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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