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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Cougar Creek Wine

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

  • The Hiney Winery

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

  • Thurston Wolfe

    Dr. Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream pr...

  • Willow Crest Winery

    Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima...

  • Pacific Rim

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Last night we enjoyed a wine dinner with some friends from where we used to ... restaurant, so we ordered a Washington State wine, the 2014 Seven Falls Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.  It was decent and they even gave us a taste first.  Our friends soon arrived and we moved to a table.  We shared our bottle and then Lloyd & Susan ordered the 2015 ... Read More

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  • The Seven Hills has my interest.  I wonder if I can find that locally in Virginia?  Read More

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  • Here are some of my favorite Washington State wines.  There are more - L'cole, Columbia Crest ( Thier H3 series is usually a good QPR buy) and Chateau Ste. Michelle to name a few.  But these are some that are currently in my cellar:Seven Hills - especially their Merlot - is a very good winery.Syrah, Merlot, Cabby - Good offerings.Equal to and in... Read More

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  • Duncan, the NSO is the National Symphony Orchestra, which plays at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, USA.  This was a classical performance; follow the link for details.   Johannes Brahms:Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a;  Oliver Knussen:Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 30;  Robert Schumann:Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97,... Read More

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  • RC - That's interesting.  A wine that turns viscous as it warms ... ... ... are out eating dinner in Washington DC as I write this, and soon they will be attending a performance at The Kennedy Center (On Your Feet).  I finally opened a bottle of Zinfandel and I intend to enjoy a good amount of this bottle as the evening wears on.  I have our k... Read More

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  • Ok guys, I know someone out there has been drinking a few Washington State wines lately (DV??).  We had a Garrison Creek Syrah last Sunday with our friends Lynn (local friend), Patti & Pamela (both from Oregon - here for the previous day protest in Washington DC).  I don't remember the price per bottle for these but I believe it was closer to $6... Read More

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  • Haha..I can tell you I wasn't feeling too chipper on Monday morning!A guy ... drink it anyway. The Kiona (Washington) Cab sav was fantastic, one of my favourites and only $15 US Read More

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  • I visited Washington once so I reckon your first picture was taken from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?It looks like you got a substantial crowd for your march/demonstration. At least the weather co-operated. It also looks like you had a fine lunch washed down with some equally fine wines Read More

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  • There was a little protest march today across the USA.  We supported the ... Woman's March group in Washington DC.  Beautiful weather, thousands of protesters and dinner at a fine restaurant (our treat) at the end - three bottles of wine no less.  Good times in Washington DC!  Trump was in the White House too.  No trip to Mar-a-Largo for Trump... Read More

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  • Yes, Bannon was a result of GOP money trying to control the media.  Fox ... for tomorrow's march in Washington D Read More

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