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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Russell Creek Winery

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

  • The Hiney Winery

    25 years ago The Hiney Winery was America’s number one comedy feature broadcast on over 600 radio...

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

  • Pacific Rim

    First released by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard in 1992, Pacific Rim Dry Riesling quickly ...

  • Boomtown

    What is BOOMTOWN? BOOMTOWN by Dusted Valley offers varietal specific wines with one goal ...

  • 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

  • Sandra and I are in the middle of attending Wagner's Ring Cycle being ... ... ... at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  I hadn't realized the importance of these performances until sitting/chatting with people (dining in the Opera House adjacent rooms is included with our tickets) and learning that some have traveled far just to attend.  On... Read More

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  • EM-That bottle sounds awesome!We had a Washington kinda of weekend.... Nothing fancy but good and very enjoyable:Our favorite was the 2007 Walla Faces Cab. Very complex with blackfruit, mocha, a little spice and earthiness. Long finish with semi-smooth tannins.  Read More

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  • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley 2009

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  • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley 2009

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  • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley 2009

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    Blackberries, dark cherries (especially on the mid-palate) with pepper, spice and mocha. There deep cigar box note buried in this as well as an earthy component. The tannins and acidity have married completely and this to a smooth, fruit filled aftertaste. Wonderful wine - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I suppose that there are some Washington wines made from Bordeaux grapes that are unworthy, but, thankfully, it seems that they keep those for themselves and a lot of good stuff gets smuggled past the border.Drank syrah, tonight.  I guess I'm breaking another thread rule, but maybe its weekend in Bora Bora or someplace.Just a terrific wine.  It'... Read More

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  • Boom! Boom! Syrah Washington State 2013

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    I love this stuff. Big, expressive and in your face this exudes the CS karisma. Wonderful fruit - blueberries and blackberries, oak and pepper with just a touch of gamy notes and a lengthy aftertaste Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • MJET - Are we talking just Cali cabs - or can we include Left Bank wines, ... ... this list?  How about Washington Stat Read More

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  • DMCKER - Agreed, there are many subtleties to this question. my response ... into the conversation.  Washington is putting out some mean Merlot in the $25 - $35 range that age really well and consider that Spain releases it's reservas and 3 years or more of aging with many sellin for under $30 and the conversation opens up considerably.  I'm a... Read More

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  • Chateau Ste Michelle Gewurztraminer Columbia Valley 2013

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    Good representation of the varietal. Melon, mango, peach (tropicals were good), a little white pepper and clove at the end. Slightly sweet, but not too much, and plenty of acidity to the aftertaste. Good wine - perfect for asian dishes and Easter ham. Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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