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

  • Va Piano Vineyards

    Established in 2005, specialize in red variatels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

  • Jones of Washington

    Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new groun...

  • Red Diamond

    Red Diamond is a brand of wines produced in Washington State since 2003. The value driven wines...

  • Vital

    Our Story   Vital Wines produces wines that complete a circle.  All proceeds go to the SOS ...

  • Vitis Ridge

    Vitis Ridge has five partners, including Glen Brunger, Chris and Sharon Deckelmann and Bruce and ...

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Ryan Patrick Grenache Reserve Northridge Vineyard Wahluke Slope 2013


    Full bunches of ripe red fruit on the palate - raspberry, cherry and strawberry with strong character and spice and a floral note. Delicate but assertive on entry, this continues to deepen on the palate, delivering more ripe cherry, strawberry and mixed berry fruit, warming mouthfeel, good structure and baking spices through to the finish that l... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Another article of interest.... "HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING WASHINGTON WINEMAKING", published Feb. 27, 2017, in the SEATTLE TIMES.You can find it on the Facebook of WASHINGTON STATE WINE. Read More

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  • Who said anything about watching TV? Just like to keep time in region long enough and open enough to allow follow up on leads on the ground, rather than planning everything ahead of time like some package tour with every two-hour slot accounted for within a limited number of days, and with too many moves from place to place in too short a period... Read More

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  • We like to pack a lot into our trips.  I can't remember the last time we just sat around and watched TV while on vacation.  Too much to see in this world.  Thanks for the ideas V V.  I'll keep showing the comments you guys and gals post to Sandra for last minute possible changes.  Read More

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  • Still looks like Biztrip logistics, Al. Thought you guys were retired?  ;-) Read More

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  • RBA, if you can, while you're in McMinnville, schedule an appt. with Marcus at Matello/Goodfellow Wines and also grab lunch at the Valley Commissary, which is right across the parking lot. These will be a highlight of your trip.Have a great trip!  Must be time for us East Coasters to head West, the CFO and I head out to Sonoma/Napa tomorrow for ... Read More

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  • TASTE WASHINGTON MONTH:  MARCH 1 - MARCH 31,  2017 Read More

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  • Have a good time, Al.  We look forward to your reports.As an aside, Mrs. EMark and I both like Kimpton hotels very much. Read More

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  • We are renting a car of course, so I'll do most of the driving.  Driving to Walla Walla will be an experience I bet, as we go over the Cascades.  I hope I can rent an AWD vehicle, like the Jeep we had last year (with it's heated steering wheel).  Keep your winery visit ideas coming in.Oh I forgot another reservation we have.  It's a special Prov... Read More

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  • Party at Al's house! You guys bring the tree rat and I'll supply the Peter Vs Read More

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