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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Red Diamond

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

  • DeLille Cellars

    DeLILLE CELLARS is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington and was originally co-fou...

  • Hyatt Vineyards

    Hyatt Vineyards was established by Leland and Lynda Hyatt in 1983. Evolving from a modest Estate ...

  • Russell Creek Winery

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

  • Boomtown

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Yesterday, being a beautiful Saturday here in Northern Virginia, started with a ... time to take the Metro into Washington DC for dinner at BOE (a new restaurant for us) and then the play Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth theater.  Dinner was quite good, and I tried for the first time.....alligator ribs!  I had a draft IPA beer to wash it down, and th... Read More

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  • Dublin Ranch Columbia Valley Wash Syrah 2014


    very bright and fresh syrah that causes one to want more. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Pinot Diva - Thanks for the update.Chelan is one of my favorite wine destinations in Washington.  It is a "short" 3 hour drive from Seattle and features some great wine and the wine-makers are all down to earth regular people.  All the wineries you mention are top notch!Boudreaux is also fabulous.  Here is a link to a feature I did on the winery... Read More

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  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off ... alcohol, fruit driven. Both Washington & Oregon vineyards.Analemma: 100% Gorge grown grapes. The ribbon-like emblem on the bottle signifies boundless or infinity. Once again there is a NZ influence. One of the vineyards, Atavus, is both organic & biodynamic. Wines inc... Read More

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  • Last night we dined in the district (Washington DC) and enjoyed a play at the Studio Theater called Hedda Gabler - which was written by Henrik Ibsen in the late 1800's.  In fact, it premiered on 31 January 1891 at the Residenztheater in Munich Germany.  Quite a lively performance and overall a good play.  Dinner was at a restaurant we had not tr... Read More

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  • I'm enjoying a rose' from Waters Winery (Walla Walla Washington) that is a blend of Syrah and Viognier 55/45 and cofermented.  It is orange/tangerine in color and has hints of peach, melon and straw on the nose with similar palate and really nice acidity on the finish. Read More

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  • This past Memorial Day weekend continued with Rolling Thunder on Sunday ... ... ... group, called the WORMS (Washington Operations Riders of Motorcycles) has been getting smaller as riders get older or move away - our West Virginia group didn't come out this year because the folks they usually stay with ended up moving back to West Virginia ea... Read More

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  • DV/LV-Nice Washington Cab! We had a different 2007 last weekend and it was drinking very well.RCKR-We have had a couple of those. Nice line-up. The 3.99 wine is a 2012 Tapena Tempranillo. Best value buy ever for me. Great for my non-wine loving friends and family not to mention parties.  Read More

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  • Sandra and I are in the middle of attending Wagner's Ring Cycle being ... ... ... at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  I hadn't realized the importance of these performances until sitting/chatting with people (dining in the Opera House adjacent rooms is included with our tickets) and learning that some have traveled far just to attend.  On... Read More

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  • EM-That bottle sounds awesome!We had a Washington kinda of weekend.... Nothing fancy but good and very enjoyable:Our favorite was the 2007 Walla Faces Cab. Very complex with blackfruit, mocha, a little spice and earthiness. Long finish with semi-smooth tannins.  Read More

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