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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

    Starting in 1999: C. R. Sandidge Wines is a family owned and operated small boutique winery. Ray ...

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

    Winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels the second generation of the Mielke family to oversee...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

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

  • Kestrel Wines

    We opened our winery in early 1999 on three acres in the Prosser Wine and Food Park. Our winery b...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Saviah Cellars

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

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  • Whitman Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Walla Walla Valley Narcissa Red 2001


    Complex taste, tobacco, leather, licorice, long finish, well balanced Read More

    Wine review by tjo1913

  • Sunset Road Merlot Columbia Valley 2008


    Nose: rich blackberry, dark soilNotes: tart black fruit, plum and boysenberry with smoky wood and tobacco .Pair with: Veggies, salads Alc: 13.4% Read More

    Wine review by TerenceF

  • Charles Smith Syrah Washington Boom Boom 2007


    This is a fun and boisterous wine. Drink it young, but give it some time in the glass to open up. Once you do it will reward you with lots of dark fruit, cassis, smoke and graphite and hints of vanilla on the nose. The first impression on the palette is an explosion of jammy dark berries, sweet spice, cassis, black pepper and a cross between sm... Read More

    Wine review by WineJourney

  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006


    Great value! Earthy and chocolatey and holds its own in boldness with more expensive cabs.p.s. Apparently I'm not the only one! I liked it even better the second day, and went back to my local world market, where they were sold out and said they wouldn't have it again, bec. their supplier was out! I got it elsewhere, but I guess there was a r... Read More

    Wine review by lingprof

  • K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah Red Table Wine-Other Wa 2006


    No written review

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  • K Vintners Viognier Walla Walla Valley 2007


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  • Robert Karl Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Claret 2006


    A very distinct note of pencil eraser on the nose threw me off. But well-rounded with many varietals: 40% cab, 20% merlot, 20% cab franc, and some others i can't remember. Just the right amount of oak with the initial bite but mellows out for a softer finish. Read More

    Wine review by simulacrum

  • Columbia Winery Riesling Blend Columbia Valley Cellarmaster's Riesling 2007


    Off dry balanced with a nice crispness. Tastes and aromas of honey and pears. One of my favorite value rieslings. Pairs well with spicy Asian dishes. Read More

    Wine review by chrish

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