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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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...

  • Willow Crest Winery

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

  • Russell Creek Winery

    Russell Creek Winery was founded in 1998 in the southeast corner of the State of Washington on a ...

  • Duck Pond Cellars

    Founded in 1993, Duck Pond Cellars owns and operates 840 acres of vineyards in the valleys of nor...

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

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  • My WTSO order arrived at UPS today (2013 Ross Andrew Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ... from the Red Mountain AVA of Washington State.  I love the taste and at about $23 a bottle, I think it is an excellent deal (free shipping too).  Hopefully I can save one bottle for a longer evaluation period.  I do like i Read More

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  • Very nice wines you guys.  I do keep an eye out for the 2012 vintages of ... ... the Nationals Stadium in Washington DC.  We had tickets for the game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves - The Nationals had just beaten them last night in a very long game that went (I think) into ten innings and included a rain delay.  Anyway, we had a lat... Read More

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  • D - I don't think he's pandering any more. He's not on the campaign ... that was founded by Adams, Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin?However - "he truly is a horse's ass and is in no way 'presidential' "Wrong.Kellyanne said that tweeting is "modern presidential". So there you ar Read More

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  • If I were writing a Trump-watch journal, today's entries would be:Saw that ... that ... media," the Washington "swamp?" None of this is knowable yet. What is knowable is that an increasingly agitated Donald Trump's hold on the presidency is beginning to slip."Starting re-reading Beowulf this weekend, for the first time in decades, this time i... Read More

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  • Last Sunday (25 June 2017) we were at the Danish Embassy in Washington DC for the Nordic Jazz Festival.  It was over a mile walk from the nearest Metro Station, and another mile walk after the event into Georgetown for dinner at the Eno Wine Bar, but we had a fantastic time.  The music was excellent and who can argue with free wine and h'ordeuve... Read More

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  • We are getting our daughter's bedroom painted today and tomorrow, now that ... ... our March 2017 trip to Washington and Oregon.  Now I can tell you, this is a nice Chardonna Read More

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  • Cheers Fellow Wine Lovers!!!!!!Come tonight from 5-7pm and join us at the ... ... Patrick Winery located in Washington for only a QUARTER!!!!! Don't miss out!!! Read More

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  • Had this regular and favorite yesterday: 2013 Soos Creek-Red Mountain. ... ... medium finish. A very tasty Washington wine and one of our currrent favorites from the region. &nbs Read More

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  • Y'know, in the bad old days I, too, hated CA Merlot.Then, a miracle ... ... game.I agree with Paul that Washington has consistently produced good Merlot--and at an excellent price.  These days, though, I do not hesitate to enjoy Merlot from any number of makers--especially, ones from (surprise) Napa Valley.  Al, I know that you are a fan of th... Read More

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  • AL - Decanting would have been a good idea - you're right there.Getting the ... for it.  I tend to go Washington merlot.  This was the 2nd JC wine recommended to me so I figured - I liked the 1st (Their Napa Valley Cab) so why not?  $21US and it was sumptuous.  Plum, blackberry, judicious spice, layers of dark chocolate, wisps of oak and framin... Read More

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