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

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

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

  • Kestrel Wines

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

  • Thurston Wolfe

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

  • Pacific Rim

    First released by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard in 1992, Pacific Rim Dry Riesling quickly ...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Boom! Boom! Syrah Washington State 2013

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    I love this stuff. Big, expressive and in your face this exudes the CS karisma. Wonderful fruit - blueberries and blackberries, oak and pepper with just a touch of gamy notes and a lengthy aftertaste Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • MJET - Are we talking just Cali cabs - or can we include Left Bank wines, ... ... this list?  How about Washington Stat Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • DMCKER - Agreed, there are many subtleties to this question. my response ... into the conversation.  Washington is putting out some mean Merlot in the $25 - $35 range that age really well and consider that Spain releases it's reservas and 3 years or more of aging with many sellin for under $30 and the conversation opens up considerably.  I'm a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • Chateau Ste Michelle Gewurztraminer Columbia Valley 2013

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    Good representation of the varietal. Melon, mango, peach (tropicals were good), a little white pepper and clove at the end. Slightly sweet, but not too much, and plenty of acidity to the aftertaste. Good wine - perfect for asian dishes and Easter ham. Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Katy Michaud Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013

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    A recent Naked Wines selection and a pretty good one at that. Dark Ruby Purple in the Glass. Opens with Cherry, Lavender, & Plum; then off to Mint and a surprising roasted Peanut; then Strawberry, Peach, and roasted Cherries. Nice fullness in the mouth, smooth, and medium Tannins and Acidity and a good balance of Fruit and Oak. Long finish of Pl... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • MJ - That looks like a very relaxing vacation.  Remember any particular ... wine lists in some of the Washington DC restaurants.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Man, you guys have been busy buying and drinking some quality wine. ... of ... of Bowie & Queen by the Washington Ballet company.  Wow, what a performance, especially the second part which was dancing to many Queen songs that we've all heard.  But I get ahead of myself, as we started the day with my 2-hour massage up near Tyson's Corner VA whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Sunday afternoon Sandra and I attended an interesting performance at the Phillips Museum in Washington DC; This was the final concert from their 75th anniversary season and it included three performers:  Frederic Rzewski (composer, piano), Jennifer Koh (violin), and Ursula Oppens (piano).  They played selections from Frederic himself, Morton Fel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • DM, we all come across lower-quality wines now and zen.  Here's a ... ... ... food while watching the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins.  An exciting game but the wine was just so-s Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Syrah the Estates Clifton Hill Vineyard 2013

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    Dark blackberry notes and cinnamon spice on the nose. Richly fruited in the mouth, this has loads of rich black currant and blackberry fruit, chewy tannins, warm baking spice and a touch of charred herb towards the finish with some black pepper and a hint of licorice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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