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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

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

  • Pacific Rim

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

  • Saviah Cellars

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Avery Lane

    Avery Lane offers a wide variety of premium wines from the Columbia Valley, representing some of ...

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Washington on Snooth

  • An interesting-looking event in NYC. Wasn't aware Bonné had migrated ... ... from California, Oregon, Washington, and New York, through the wines of Arnot-Roberts, Forlorn Hope, Minimus, Analemma, Division, Southold, and more! Please check our website for upcoming installments of Wine Lab, which will focus on the Jura, Champagne, and Beaujolais... Read More

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  • EM - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall look for a bottle out here ... wines a few years ago at the Washington Wine Academy.  This 2008 Apalta Vineyard Pangea Syrah is very nice and highly recommended if you can find a bottle.  Oh, my favorite Father's Day gift was this card that Sandra gave me.  I love the insert she made, using a pict... Read More

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  • Charles Smith Kungfu Girl 2013

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    This off-dry riesling is smooth, slightly sweet, and just enough spicy kick to make it a summertime staple. Read More

    Wine review by fraukeiser


  • Thanks MJ.  They really enjoyed a night out, as Jean has only gone out ... evening had us downtown in Washington DC to have dinner at 'China Chilcano' prior to seeing the play 'Zombie: The American' at the Woolly Mammoth theater.  This restaurant is a relatively new one opened by a famous chef Jose Andrea, and the focus is Peruvian and Chinese... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • We enjoyed lunch at a small cafe across the street from The Kennedy Center in Washington DC earlier today, then attended the ballet 'A Streetcar Named Desire', which was excellent.  I had three ladies with me (yes, one was my wife Sandra) and I tried a nice Bordeaux wine with some pizza.  Sandra had an Italian wine I believe.  Upon returning hom... Read More

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  • Duck Pond Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Lush, and bright, with sweet black fruit, toast, vanilla,walnut and smoky oak flavors that are relatively soft with a light palate impression.I would buy more but, none around, I bought it at the Winery in 2010 Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red Blend 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's. Nice little number with plenty of complexity from the Blend. Soft and round with the spice and dark berry flavors of the Malbec and Cabernet and cocoa and dark chocolate. Long finish that turns surprisingly a bit too dry. Nevertheless pretty darn good. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Milbrandt Vineyards the Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope Washington 2012

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    A hint of mint chocolate on the nose of this wine alongside the black cherry fruit. In the mouth it's sharp and tart with red fruit flavors, mostly cherry alongside the black fruit and chocolate notes as well. Due to the cooler climate, this wine gets a bit of an herbal note to it as well, but the fruit certainly is dominant here. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Bright red fruit on the nose, mostly raspberry and cherry but a touch of plum and a hint of vanilla. A little thin in the mouth, with more acidity than structure and a fair bit of red fruit driving. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Boomtown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mcrawford2


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