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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Avery Lane

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

  • Duck Pond Cellars

    Founded in 1993, Duck Pond Cellars owns and operates 840 acres of vineyards in the valleys of nor...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

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

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

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

  • Covey Run Winery

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

  • Latah Creek Winery

    At Latah Creek our stylistic aim is to create wines that taste like the grapes from which they ca...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Burnt Bridge Cellars Semmillon

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    This is produced with knowledge and tender loving care by Burnt Bridge Cellars. It has a lovely aroma of citrus, almond and dust. Although it is a bit pricy for an unknown, to drink it is to love it. Makes me feel like a King.This is their 2013 Vintage Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • So I did find a little information about Firefinch.  Seems the wine might ... might ... Back in 2004 the Washington Post reviewed it.  They said:Firefinch (Robertson) Colombard/Chardonnay 2003 ($13, Country Vintner): This wine has a great name and explosively fresh flavors that make it one of the best summer sippers I've encountered all year.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • 14 Hands Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend 2012

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    Good effort. Good party wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Expected nothing much from a Washington, Columbia Gorge Pinot, but I'm really liking it. Really nice strawberry/raspberry aromas with excellent freshness and tartness to the red fruit flavors. My only bottle but glad to experiment with this region. I also recall a modest price for this, which compares favorably to a good vintage/producer Bourgog... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Back home after a long day of flying first to Frankfurt and then to Washington Dulles.  Got back safely though and I have a souvenir corkscrew from our last winery visit - it's called "Coutale Sommelier Premium".  It's a 2-stage device of course and works quite well.  I'll be using that at those Friday evening Wine in the Water Park events this ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Grapesmith & Crusher Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013

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    A little gem from Lot 18's quarterly shipment. Opens with violets, lavender, and vanilla, then a bit of black cherry, blackberry, and currant, then toffee, vanilla, spice, and herb and rounded oak. Silky and soft in the mouth with a 'just so' balance of oak and dark fruit. As it opens in the glass more milk chocolate, vanilla, and spice oak. Com... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with just a bit of opacity. The nose is quite nice, with a combination of ripe plums, blackberries and tart cherry intermingled with some green herb notes. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of cherry compote and smoke at the outset, transitioning to some tobacco and earthy peat notes midpalate. ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills Winery Carménère Walla Walla Valley 2012

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    The wine is a deep garnet color in the glass, rich and vibrant. The nose is quite nice, with a nice presence of ripe red fruit, raspberries and red currant intermingled with some nice herb notes and a hint of earthiness. The taste is quite nice, with some ripe berries up front than linger for a bit, transitioning to some nice spice notes of wh... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard 2010

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    The wine is a beautiful rich ruby color in the glass, with a nice dark indigo at the center. The nose is quite inviting, with aromas of black cherry, green cedar, and a hint of fresh herbs. The taste is a rush of ripe fruit, blackberry, cherry and a hint of candied plum, which transition smoothly to some earthy elements of tar, toasted oak and... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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