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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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

  • Saviah Cellars

    Saviah Cellars is a family-owned and operated artisan winery located in the acclaimed Walla Walla...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • A Maurice Cellars

    The exquisite wine at àMaurice starts with respecting the land — healthy vines mean healthy wi...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • Boomtown

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

  • Cougar Creek Wine

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Had this regular and favorite yesterday: 2013 Soos Creek-Red Mountain. ... ... medium finish. A very tasty Washington wine and one of our currrent favorites from the region. &nbs Read More

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  • Y'know, in the bad old days I, too, hated CA Merlot.Then, a miracle ... ... game.I agree with Paul that Washington has consistently produced good Merlot--and at an excellent price.  These days, though, I do not hesitate to enjoy Merlot from any number of makers--especially, ones from (surprise) Napa Valley.  Al, I know that you are a fan of th... Read More

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  • AL - Decanting would have been a good idea - you're right there.Getting the ... for it.  I tend to go Washington merlot.  This was the 2nd JC wine recommended to me so I figured - I liked the 1st (Their Napa Valley Cab) so why not?  $21US and it was sumptuous.  Plum, blackberry, judicious spice, layers of dark chocolate, wisps of oak and framin... Read More

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  • Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2014

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    Simple aromas of cherry and light cranberry are a touch green. Strawberry and cherry fruit on the palate, fruit forward with good tannins toward the juicy finish. Read More

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  • This is always a party/crowd pleaser around the $14-16 range: Chateau Ste ... ... Red Blend. Some vanilla/oak (Washington) but very tasty and easy to drin Read More

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  • I am Barry, and I live in Washington, DC, which boasts a large number of liquor/wine stores.  I am interested in learning about wines from Umbria that I might be able to access here in the city or even at Total Wine in northern Virginia.  Please advise.  Read More

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  • Thanks RC.  My sister just sent me one that she took of Sandra & ... ... night at the Ritz Carlton in Washington DC, the same place we attended a fancy wine tasting last month or s Read More

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  • So it's Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend, and our daughter is getting married ... at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.  Afterwards we drive 45 minutes to the reception hall in Maryland.  This will be a dry reception - no wine and things of this nature.  Wish me luc Read More

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  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... ... to Mount Vernon, George Washington's home on the Potomac River in Virginia.  It's about a 20 minute drive from our house and a very nice place to visit.  We spent about 6 hours there, including having lunch and eating their special peanut soup.  Once we wer... Read More

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  • Nice one RC.  I hope it lasts a month in your cellar....Our Duckhorn ... ... ... from Red Mountain AVA in Washington state) were picked up today.  I'm really looking forward to drinking them, but I shall wait a bi 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...

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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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