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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Lucha Vino

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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

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

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Hyatt Vineyards

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

  • Duck Pond Cellars

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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Jones of Washington

    Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new groun...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Treveri Cellars in Yakima, Washington, makes some excellent sparkling wines.  The price point is very reasonable at $15 to $20.http://www.trevericellars.com  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good sparkling wines not from...

  • Charles & Charles Riesling Art Den Hoed Vineyard 2014


    What a nose! Honeysuckle, apple, rose petal, honey and stone fruit. The palate follows nicely with good minerality showing and finishing with good acidity. Drink now. Paul 88 pts. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • EM - I downloaded the order form and passed it on to my spousal unit. ... we ... ... we ventured back into Washington DC to attend a performance at the Phillips Museum, which was quite nice.  Nadia and Liam played almost two hours of modern and classical music and the highlight of the performance was the Washington premiere of Donnacha Denneh... Read More

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  • 14 Hands Merlot 2012


    14 Hands wines are well made for the price point. I am a Merlot fanatic even though there were many bad ones 10 years ago. Try a few. You'll be surprised. This one is smooth with good fruit. Not watery at all. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Another good curated email list from Washington is Full Pull.  Paul Zitarelli started the list about 7 years ago with a strict focus on Washington.  Then he expanded to include Oregon.  Now he offers wines from around the world.  His writing is good, with back stories on the wineries and wine.  His tasting notes are accurate and don't contain th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Quality online wine...

  • Last Saturday was an afternoon at the ballet, specifically Cinderella (San ... ... ... at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  This was a wonderful performance and I was simply amazed.  After the performance we walked over to the Georgetown waterfront and dined at Fiola Mare, a very exquisite restaurant right on the waterfront.  We first stop... Read More

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  • Maybe some folks could plan a trip to Washington DC and we could host a wine tasting party?  We live in Springfield, Virginia - very close if you wish to see museums and such.  Another Pinot Noir throw down or perhaps a Cabernet Sauvignon pop-up event? Read More

    Forum post in the topic 3 years ago today...

  • We will be in the state of Washington and then briefly in Oregon from the 4th through the 15th of March 2017.  Wish we had the time to drive down to Napa / Sonoma for another stay at that Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Read More

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  • Sunday was special.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride to nearby ... afternoon, we headed into Washington DC to dine at Notti Bianche, which is walking distance from The Kennedy Center.  Yes, we had a show to attend - Peter Frampton and his acoustic versions of hits from the 70's and 80's.  Dinner was very nice, with Sandra and I both or... Read More

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  • Thanks RC.  I'm not good at describing complexities in wine (my wife ... wife ... seen these guys in Washington DC and they are very funny with their improv comedy. &nbs 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...

    Comment by 346464vinoniki 346464 vinoniki

  • 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.

    Comment by 342728Angler 342728 Angler

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