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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Willow Crest Winery

    Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Duck Pond Cellars

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

  • Saviah Cellars

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Riesling from Germany or Austria or Washington would fit the bill. Roses also bear attention.Would be good to hear more from you, Chris and Cassie, about what whites you have had and liked. Anything you haven't liked, so on and so forth. That info will make it possible for us to give more focused suggestions.You seem to have the right idea, thou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello all

  • V V - I did pop the cork on one bottle of the Washington Red Blend that arrived today.  I don't worry about bottle shock with a sub $20 wine.  Sandra and I both enjoyed the wine.  I would describe it as similar to a Bordeaux wine, but of course not anywhere near the top wines.  I think it's ready to drink and a good complement to foods like char... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Today I had another massage, but this was an extra one since we had a $25 Spa ... ordered it.  This is a Washington State red blend that was about $15 per bottle and no charge for shipping.  Easily worth that money and I would buy it agai Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Good distinction. If someone else pours, I may drink a lot of stuff I ... but ... but they do a few reds in Washington. I stupidly purchased a few untasted. They were from Garagiste about three years ago and sounded OK although I didn't know them. It's exactly why you don't buy more than a single bottle without knowing the wine. Anyhow, I boug... Read More

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  • Washington Hills Chardonnay 2013


    Ripe Bing cherries and lightly sweet floral notes of lavender on the nose. A bit thin in the mouth, with a phenolic note to it and some green apple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Got caught up in the excitement of a WTSO marathon.  I just bought four ... ... 2010 Ross Andrew Winery [Washington State] red blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah) at $15 a bottle.  I bet it will be tast Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Very nice Sunday.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride into downtown ... ... my car.  Now the Washington Redskins are about to have their game so it's time to settle down for the duration.  I have a nice fire going and my sweetie Sandra is getting food ready for our dinner.  I think she is going to saute some mushrooms to complement our s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Auclair 96 Cedars Red Blend 2011


    Lovely red blend of merlot, cab sauv and Pettit Verdot. Dark berry flavors with a subtle spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Kerloo Majestic 2013


    Easy to drink with flavors that morph depending on the food pairing. Sweet berry flavors and well balanced smooth tannins. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Dimitar13

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