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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • Boomtown

    What is BOOMTOWN? BOOMTOWN by Dusted Valley offers varietal specific wines with one goal ...

  • Willow Crest Winery

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

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Thurston Wolfe

    Dr. Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream pr...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Stevens Syrah Yakima Valley Black Tongue 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Jessapie

  • Charles Smith Syrah Washington Boom Boom 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Jessapie

  • Jm Cellars Mourvedre 2006


    I could go on and on about the quality and deliciousness of JM's wines... but I will only comment on those that I know to be absolutely stunning. John's Mourvedre is truly exceptional (even out of the barrel it tastes like its got more finish and quality than most wines I've sampled). John only makes a few barrels of this, maybe not even each ... Read More

    Wine review by tinhart

  • Jm Cellars Columbia Valley Cuvée 2004


    I just drank my last bottle of the 2004 Cuvee (I had three we picked up after one of John's distributor returned several cases when the distributor went out of business). I have to say this is my favorite year for all the Cuvee's I have tasted from JM (2004 - 2007). There are few of these left out there, and what I like the most about it is th... Read More

    Wine review by tinhart

  • Garrison Creek Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2001


    This wine (all of Garrison Creek's current releases I would say) is perfectly structured, with a floral and and tobacco nose, a finish that just keeps going and going, and flavors that evolve through berries, sweet spices and licorice, to leather and a little bit of chocolate or caramel. Quite simply, this is one of the best cabs I have ever ta... Read More

    Wine review by tinhart

  • Chateau Faire le Pont Syrah Washington 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by clegler

  • Millbrandt Riesling Washington 2006


    I found this to be very stony and a tad sour. Not my favorite riesling. Skip this one, in my opinion. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • H3 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by megdeweese

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2003


    A very smooth and layered taste with spice, depth and earthiness from this great cab. The winery itself is a great place to visit. Read More

    Wine review by lukejo

  • O' Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills Blanc 2006


    I just had this wine last night for the first time, it's a nice easy on the palate wine, I would'nt pay more than 8.00 a glass out and about but I would recommend picking a bottle up as a host gift. The money goes to a great cause for Scholarship programs for woman only and I happen to work with a young lady who greatly deserved one. Support our... Read More

    Wine review by arnieswine

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