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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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

  • Pacific Rim

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

  • Kestrel Wines

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

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

  • Covey Run Winery

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • Thurston Wolfe

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

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  • Haha..I can tell you I wasn't feeling too chipper on Monday morning!A guy ... drink it anyway. The Kiona (Washington) Cab sav was fantastic, one of my favourites and only $15 US Read More

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  • I visited Washington once so I reckon your first picture was taken from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?It looks like you got a substantial crowd for your march/demonstration. At least the weather co-operated. It also looks like you had a fine lunch washed down with some equally fine wines Read More

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  • There was a little protest march today across the USA.  We supported the ... Woman's March group in Washington DC.  Beautiful weather, thousands of protesters and dinner at a fine restaurant (our treat) at the end - three bottles of wine no less.  Good times in Washington DC!  Trump was in the White House too.  No trip to Mar-a-Largo for Trump... Read More

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  • Yes, Bannon was a result of GOP money trying to control the media.  Fox ... for tomorrow's march in Washington D Read More

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  • I sense the market will crash bigly once Trump is entertaining impeachment ... ... ... big protest march in Washington DC.  I can't wait to hold up my sign from a year ago, "Bite the hand that Tweets" Read More

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  • Once our Christmas activities at my in-laws were over (around 5 PM), we headed ... (Duckhorn experiment with Washington fruit) and of course they invited us in for a small glass of wine that they were serving to relatives.  Back home, Sandra continued her walk for a bit longer while I started a fire and opened this nice 2013 Margaux bottle tha... Read More

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  • Thanks for the anniversary thoughts.  We had a wonderful time last night ... ... one with a view of the Washington Monument.  For waiting they comp'ed us two glasses of champagne, which we drank at their crowded bar (lots of folks were waiting for rooms).  This morning it was very quiet in the lobby, like night and day!  Anyway, dinner at the... Read More

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  • That sounds nice.  We'll bring a red and a white wine to my wife's ... Tonight we are heading into Washington DC to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary.  This time we shall stay in the city at a nice hotel - The Willard.  Should be nic Read More

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  • Yesterday was nice.  Sandra and her friend Lynn (who has attended a few of ... Metro station and rode into Washington DC to see the  Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.While they spent the day in the museum, I relaxed at home watching some movies like Dunkirk and such.  At 5:30 PM, I met them at the Kingbird resta... Read More

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  • Jack, you posted while I was composing my response to Paul.You are, of course, ... who, very little decency in Washington, DC. My guess is that this is a reflection of our society, in general.  I want it, and I want it, now.  My way or the highway.  Kick him when he's down.  If I can get away with it, then it's OK.Gawd.  I'm getting depressed.... Read More

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