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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

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

  • Saviah Cellars

    Saviah Cellars is a family-owned and operated artisan winery located in the acclaimed Walla Walla...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • A Maurice Cellars

    The exquisite wine at àMaurice starts with respecting the land — healthy vines mean healthy wi...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Boomtown

    What is BOOMTOWN? BOOMTOWN by Dusted Valley offers varietal specific wines with one goal ...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

    At Cougar Creek Wine, we specialize in homemade fruit and grape wines. These wines from our small...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We discovered the Red Mountain AVA on our March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonnay. Read More

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  • Al,I have tried the Sequel syrah, the Pirouette, and the Pedestal merlot.  ... ... I bought all of them in Washington state.  I can always find them when I go visit.  Want me to get one for you Al?&nbs Read More

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  • DVOGLER got me to try the Washington state red blends.  We did a wine trip there in March and now we have joined the Long Shadows wine club.  That makes an even dozen wine clubs.   Read More

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  • Lucha I am on the Leonetti list to buy. Tasted Figgins when I was in Walla ... ... of the best bargains from Washington&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Excellent estate Tempranillo from Tildio winery in Lake Chelan Washington Read More

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  • The Urban Winery scene in Seattle is booming.  The movement began with six ... interesting, high caliber, Washington wines served by people that are passionate about their wine and promoting Washington Wines.Here are some of my favorites (from South to North):Laurelhurst Predominantly red wines from Walla Walla, Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hi... Read More

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  • Charles Smith Wines Eve Chardonnay Washington 2014

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    Apple and melon aromas on the nose. Simple pear and apple flavors on the palate with a fresh fruit mouthfeel and good acidity. Read More

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  • Welcome Bill.  I'm in Victoria.  My wife is from your area and we ... ... I'm a huge fan of Washington wine.  I've had some great wines from Chandler Reach.  The Syrah in particular is great.  I also love Kiona and Alexandra Nicole.Have you come up across the border to BC's wine country?&nbs Read More

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  • Welcome Bil.  I love Washington reds and think they the QPR  of them is in general very good. Read More

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  • But stronger flavored squashes and the like and things that undergo browning, ... meal) with a nebbiolo from Washington.  That's a grape with serious tannins. It's also a good point that lots of folks in wine producing regions just couldn't have meat all the time but had lots of fresh produce for much of the year and drank whatever was on hand... Read More

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