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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • DeLille Cellars

    DeLILLE CELLARS is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington and was originally co-fou...

  • 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...

  • Jones of Washington

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

  • Red Diamond

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

  • The Hiney Winery

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • $50-60+range: Chappellet Signature and Smith-Madrone out of Napa.Also 2nd the Washington rec's from Greg, Andrew Will.I'd look to Oregon for Pinot Noir and maybe some Chard. I'm a fan of Cameron, Amalie Robert (Estate or Amalie's Cuvée). There are French producers there as well like Drouhin, Jadot (via the Resonance label), and Evening Land has ... Read More

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  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting vacation in Washington / Oregon, we headed out west (a short drive this time) to the middle of Virginia to pick up two wine club allocations at Boxwood and RdV.  The wines we purchased are shown in the 'What did you buy' topic, so they aren't shown here, but my biggest... Read More

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  • Ok guys and gals.  I spent a whole day creating my web page for this trip.  Please check it out and let me know what you think! Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you pay. But look at Washington. Andrew Will, Pepper Bridge, Woodward Canyon, and Betz are a few to start with. Andrew Will is a great wine for people who like classic Bordeaux.The mass-market Chateau St. Michelle Cab or Merlot is actually pretty decent for what you pay. A... Read More

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  • Lots of photos here with no explanation of whom where, and not much commentary on the wines, too.Anything you can add? Would make all the photos more significant, aside from helping us understand what's going on in Walla Walla these days. Read More

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  • "The drive through the Cascades yesterday was very stressful due to rain, fog and people that drive too fast."I can still remember a very stressful drive (me doing most of it) many moons ago in a friend's VW bug in the opposite direction from yours: from Seattle to Walla Walla. The middle of a historical blizzard, visability maybe to the front o... Read More

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  • I know exactly what you mean about not being able to slow down too much as the ... eight just in Woodinville, Washington.  I think a few more at Soter in McMinneville, and a few more here and there as we tasted at the wineries.  Most wineries had $10-$15 tasting fees (one was $20), but they usually waved the fee with a $50+ bottle purchase.  T... Read More

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  • We have arrived safely back home in Virginia.  Our flight from Seattle to ... flight departing Chicago to Washington National was delayed 45 minutes to access a dent the baggage handlers made in the cargo door.  We were worried they would ground the plane as there were no other flights (everyone was booked going into the North East).  We arriv... Read More

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  • Hope for a safe flight and Landing.  Great job on the pics...again. Read More

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  • Thanks EM.  I see the site is able to host images again so I just fixed a bunch of my postings.  Our flights are still on time for tomorrow so we hope the cleanup in the National Airport area gets the airport working smoothly. Read More

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