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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

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

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

    Starting in 1999: C. R. Sandidge Wines is a family owned and operated small boutique winery. Ray ...

  • A Maurice Cellars

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

  • Jones of Washington

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

  • Kestrel Wines

    We opened our winery in early 1999 on three acres in the Prosser Wine and Food Park. Our winery b...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2013

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    Well and drinking above price point - again. Rich dark berry fruit, medium chewy tannins and well balanced acidity lead to medium long finish. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Would like to recommend the wines of Charles Smith out of Washington. I visited his tasting room in Walla Walla lasted almost 12 seconds,the music was so loud I couldn't think,which is not unusual., later I tasted several of his wines Boom-Bbom, King Foo Girl he makes several others under $20, he also makes several in tj$100-150 range, most are ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Gorman Winery Cabernet-Syrah Blend Red Mountain the Evil Twin 2006

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    Delicious, full bodied and good finish. Read More

    Wine review by michaelwine


  • I'd thought that the word "Reserve" was legally defined for wines in Washington state.  However, a quick check seems to indicate that rather than being regulated by state law, there is a vountary agreement among the  winery members of the Washington Wine Quality Alliance that "restricted their members to using the term on 10% or 3,000 cases (whi... Read More

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  • Great responses from you guys.  I too love the Spanish wines and find ... ... ... City (Arlington VA) and Washington DC.  Now I did drink the second bottle you see at the opening of this topic.  This $15 wine was actually a bit better than the Bordeaux wine on the left (which I think lost its fruit after an hour in the glass) but it's just no... Read More

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  • Os Winery Bsh Yakima Valley 2013

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    Dark berry, plum and black currant aromas turn a bit herbal on the nose showing a cooler side before releasing a bit of baking spice. Creamy textured on entry, this develops nicely on the palate with bold flavors of black currant, black cherry and well balance oak, deepening in richness towards the finish and releasing light black olive and dark... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Just checked Cellar Tracker of my 117 bottles 47% come from Washington or Oregon,only 8% from California,28% from Italy and 10% from France. I have found that the best QPR is Washington or Oregon. The only exception I make is Chardonnay which in my opinion only France is worth the price  Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Spent two weeks last year in Oregon and Washington tasting wines,have come to the conclusion that 85% of the wines that I buy,will be from either Oregon or Washington this does not include Italian wines which is my favorite. The wines I get from Washington or Syrahs,Cabs and bourdeaux blends..I also like Long Shadows have several of the Chester ... Read More

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  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We discovered the Red Mountain AVA on our March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonnay. Read More

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