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 »

Mentor for Washington Wines

Jake Pippin

Wine marketing, education professional and Chile Brand Ambassador with Vine Connections with a love of wine old and new. I am wine geek and traveler with an unquenchable desire to explore the world of wine one region and country at a time

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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Andrew Will

    Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched ...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Red Diamond

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

  • A Maurice Cellars

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • I'm in South Florida so we have a TW in almost every city........ Thanks ... recommendations. The best Washington red that I've had recently is a 2008 Walla Faces Fusion Red (Blend). An excellent QPR!&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • Do you have a Total Wine near you?  They might be able to get some good Washington wine, but my suspicion is NOT.  I can tell you some things to look out for.  Tamarack Cellars, Kiona, L'Ecole 41, are some that have affordable cabs that are killer.  Oh, Lucha Vino lives in Washington (although he's been scarce on the forum lately), he could help... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • Welcome MJet,Good to have people aboard who actually assert a willingness to ... maybe he'll share.  Washington is making some great cab, and some is surprisingly affordable, like $20.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • I have been lurking for the past few months but have decided to be a ... Paso ... Paso Robles-Blends),  Washington Cab Sav & Merlot and some daily drinkers from Chile and Argentina. I have visited Napa, Sonoma and Paso a few times in the past 5 years but look forward to continue to expand my knowledge and experience here! Thank you all for sha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • But comrades, the northern Rhone has always been very good as many of you ... ... ... there are equally good Washington State and British Columbia alternatives to this delectable style).  As for Burgundy, well, that is all about Pinot Noir.  You can blame a certain 15th Century Duke for some of the excesses there - where other grape varieties... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern...


  • I tend to like the 'smoked' flavor in some cheeses, but last night the ... our nation's capitol - Washington DC.  All the pictures can be seen on my 'Weekday Wine' posting, and I'll just put a few of them here so I don't overwhelm you guys with my shutter madness.  Several of you would have enjoyed the NSO rehearsal of several Tchaikovsky piec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Yesterday (22 Jan 2015) was a day spent entirely in Washington DC.  We started out going to The Kennedy Center to listen to a National Symphony Orchestra rehearsal.  That was followed by the best lunch ever at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.  After walking around to view exhibits at a few museums (including the viewing of the El Greco e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Gee I wonder if the Hell’s Angels will be there. They would be so cute ... ... from California, Oregon, Washington, France, Italy, Spain to taste at the Harley-Davidson duplex Showroom in TriBeC Read More

    Forum post in the topic Speaking of Harley Davidson


  • Columbia Crest Red Blend H3 2011

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    Nice Red blend from Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux. Deep fruit flavor with currant with deep purple color, almost black. Nice tannins at the end and a finish that is long. A true value everytime for under $10 dollars.Coats the mouth and throat with that fine deep red flavor Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Yes, Virginia does have a nice collection of wineries to visit. Sarah, you ... from?  I'm close to Washington DC, more specifically in Springfield VA.  Our closest winery is in Clifton VA (Paradise Springs) but there are over 240 wineries across the state.  My favorite is RdV Winery out near Delaplane VA and there is also Barborsville Winery as... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just Li'l ol me :)


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