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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • Jones of Washington

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

  • Avery Lane

    Avery Lane offers a wide variety of premium wines from the Columbia Valley, representing some of ...

  • Thurston Wolfe

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

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Covey Run Winery

    Named for the coveys of quail that patrol our prized vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Covey Run ...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Bananas!Kathy - one piece of advice I'd give is that restaurants are ... ... ... from British Columbia or Washington state, or Tuscany, which produces great versions. If you have access, they're doing decent work on Long Island. In Chile too. And it does well in California of course, but there are also a lot of mass-market versions that aren't... Read More

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  • Kathy,I'll give you my Reader's Digest version.  After being ... ... decent). I'm currently a Washington State wine fan over most other Read More

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  • +1 on the St. Cosme.  That immediately came to mind when BLM mentioned ... put a shameless plug in for Washington wines.  We have lots of good quality choices in the 15-20 dollar price range.  The problem is with distribution.  Many of our wineries are too small to have significant distribution outside the state.Here is a label to look for - N... Read More

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  • Starting with a Washington Riesling. Nice aromas of green apple & pear backed with solid acidity. Read More

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  • Think you're too optimistic, RCKR, though for everyone's sake hope not. ... last week, according to the Washington Post, quoting one anonymous senior official as saying, "It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia's goal [in their hacking during the election] was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elect... Read More

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  • These past few weeks make me even more upset as Trump starts handing out jobs ... is going.  Today the Washington Post has an article about what Trump wants to do to the federal workers - as in freezing hiring, wage increases and reducing benefits.  I can't wait for my pro-Trump friend (who is on the government payroll) to read that one.  And ... Read More

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  • SECRET SANTA: Thanks for the reply but you know that I am a free thinker so ... of the Cabernet's from Washington. Love living here in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for your informative information about the Cotillion at Trader Joe's. I go there quite often and I'll see if they have some for me to buy.On one last note, who in the world would e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...

  • After a day of research I believe I have found some to try in the future that ...  Some of my favorite Washington State Cabs are under $15 and to my taster, they're exceptional.Snooth I believe has a saying "You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a great wine" but I think you have to hunt and try and educate yourself by buying and tasti... Read More

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  • Being aware of price points for most of the other varietals I have always ... ... ... both Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State) and Pinot Noir (Oregon) have some of the finest selections available on the market anywhere.Pinot Noir doesn't have more expensive bottles, corks, labels,shipping or labor. So is it the mystique of Pinot Noir or the ... Read More

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  • Treveri Cellars in Yakima, Washington, makes some excellent sparkling wines.  The price point is very reasonable at $15 to $20.http://www.trevericellars.com  Read More

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