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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • The Hiney Winery

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

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

  • Covey Run Winery

    Named for the coveys of quail that patrol our prized vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Covey Run ...

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

    Stimson Estate Cellars wines are crafted from ripe, flavorful grapes from vineyards in the Columb...

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Washington on Snooth

  • That sounds nice.  We'll bring a red and a white wine to my wife's ... Tonight we are heading into Washington DC to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary.  This time we shall stay in the city at a nice hotel - The Willard.  Should be nic Read More

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  • Yesterday was nice.  Sandra and her friend Lynn (who has attended a few of ... Metro station and rode into Washington DC to see the  Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.While they spent the day in the museum, I relaxed at home watching some movies like Dunkirk and such.  At 5:30 PM, I met them at the Kingbird resta... Read More

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  • Jack, you posted while I was composing my response to Paul.You are, of course, ... who, very little decency in Washington, DC. My guess is that this is a reflection of our society, in general.  I want it, and I want it, now.  My way or the highway.  Kick him when he's down.  If I can get away with it, then it's OK.Gawd.  I'm getting depressed.... Read More

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  • Al - I've had both of these in the past few years and I agree with thoughts. Read More

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  • Been drinking some dailies lately that were less than solid, but these 2 stood ... ... of their Merlot (I like Washington merlots) and drank them over the last 4 years.  It (the last bottle) was really good. Smooth with mostly blackberry fruit, mocha, dirt. rounded tannins and good acidity.  Needs about 3 years of laying down to be good, but ... Read More

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  • Continuing the topic without being too messy for DM, we are now looking at Washington state wines.  I bought a few this past week at my favorite wine store and they were both below $20.  These wines are not exceptional (yes, we drank them), but they certainly are worth the money.  I would buy the Merlot again, but probably not the Cabernet Sauvi... Read More

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  • Welcome to Snooth Gina. House wines. Judging from the Cava your serving, ... ... Michelle. Both are made in Washington State and offer a complete line of wines at different price points that are good for their price range.&nbs Read More

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  • I still have the program from that NSO performance.  The Britten piece was ... ... Creek Syrah's from Washington state.  Lovely wine and drinking well.  Then it was time for a Cabernet Sauvignon from Repris.  These are good but not my favorite cabs.  I like them to present a little more frui Read More

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  • Washington State acquisition earlier today at Total Wine.  I'm drinking the "Grace" from Camaraderie Cellars.  Not bad for a $30 Bordeaux-style blend. Read More

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  • Well Mueller seems to be doing his job properly, Flynn has plea-bargained and ... ... a professor at George Washington Law School. “We all agreed that he had the range to hit anyone in the White House. The question is whether he had the load to do any damage. We still don’t know the answer to that question.” Anyone else want to take on the be... Read More

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