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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

    Ryan Patrick Vineyards production facility is located in Quincy, Washington a stones throw from o...

  • Saviah Cellars

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

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

  • 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

  • A lot of Washington wineries make seem to treat Cab Franc like it should be the same as Cab Sauv.  Many get substantial oak treatment and end up losing their herbal and floral character.  One that I have enjoyed in the past is from Fielding Hills.  I have a 2009 in my cellar that caught my eye recently.  This thread seems like a great reason to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc

  • Milbrandt Vineyards Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2014


    Simple fruit aromas of peach. Some tartness on the palate, with soft flavors and a little flabbiness, muted lemon and citrus fruit grows stronger on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Happy Anniversary as well OT.  Glad to see those wines were from the hood ... ... Kidding, but damn I love Washington wine :)The In-laws are coming up for Christmas, so I won't be back till Easter probably, or the race for sur Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Who knew that there is a $95 Virginia wine? (Thanks to OT for the snarkiness ... a Sonoma County example or a Washington state example would be instructive.  The more I think of it, though, the more the permutations become silly.It just ain't gonna happen.The article is an interesting anecdote, but, continuing with the OT-inspired snarkiness, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • It's interesting that a few new topics have popped up recently ... ... McIntyre she cut out of a Washington Post newspaper dated 25 March 2015.  I'm starting this new topic based on this article "The wine cost four digits.  And the taste?" regarding the Screaming Eagle wine and several other high-end Cabernet Sauvignon wines like Silver Oak.  ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red Wahluke Slope 2012


    Complex creamy, vanilla notes on the nose with blackberry and black cherry fruit. More focussed on red fruit in the mouth, with loads of acidity, raspberry and cherry, cream and chocolate, espresso and toast. Towards the finish there is a tannic bite, cocoa and cinnamon, and a long smoky finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Although not technically a wine, I am posting a few pictures from our Gin ... ... ... right on the mall in Washington DC.  First we dined at China Chilanio, a fusion between Dim Sum, Peruivan and Chinese cuisines and then we walked over to the Gin tasting class and had a good time.  At the restaurant we had a gin and tonic, along with several... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  •  Here's an example of my order.  I think Greg, you might ... A ... ... A Silverback Vineyards (Washington) sangiovese, a Seghesio Home Ranch Zin (oh man, what a beauty) and last but not least, a two hour-decanted Amarone which was unanimously the wine of the night.  This was between three guys.  We did have shrimp, olives and baguette, follow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Palate prep prior to enjoying...

  • Forgot to mention the variation of adding an optional step between the ... if ... if you're in Colorado or Washington, or if in California and other states everyone has a prescription. Get some purple-dripping hydroponic and have everyone take a couple of ice bong (to protect the taste buds and throat) hits. The next couple of steps get challe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Palate prep prior to enjoying...

  • Charles and Charles Rose 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore

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