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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Willow Crest Winery

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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

    The wines of Badger Mountain Vineyard and Powers Winery reflect the shared values of father and s...

  • 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 ...

  • Red Diamond

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Bookwalter Columbia Valley Lot No 21 2005

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    Wine review by TMW


  • Willow Crest Syrah Yakima Valley Estate Series 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by LegalWine


  • Mountain Dome Cuvee Forte NV

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    First, Mountain Dome grapes are from Washington, not Oregon. We love all the Mountain Dome sparkling wines! We try to have French toast and Mountain Dome sparkling wine at least once a month for breakfast! The late owner of Mountain Dome, Michael Manz (the family has kept the business going) recommended celebrating life every day and his spar... Read More

    Wine review by mrsscampbell


  • Claar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Washington 2008

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    Lots of stone fruit aromas catch the nose of this fruity Sauvignon Blanc. Peaches, apricots and mangoes are followed by notes of white pear and pineapple. The mouth is round with touches of exotic fruits and is vibrant on the finish. It is an excellent wine for any shellfish, shrimp and sushi or as an aperitif. Read More

    Wine review by Claar Cellars


  • Chateau Ste Mich Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wl 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by nanhengwu


  • Lately I've been trying to be a more environmentally-friendly consumer, such as ... ... near NYC often (Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, etc.) so if you have hidden treasures there too, that would be great too Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Organic and Vegan wines?...


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2006

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    Love it. Delicious. Read More

    Wine review by Ckinser1


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley 2007

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    Wine review by TechFly


  • Tamarack Cellars Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2007

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    Pretty and fun tropical fruits are quite apparent in the nose with a quite apparent hit of oak. A full dare I say unctious mouthfeel follows with a semi-dry finish.The light oaking hints of refined tobacco, touches of green capsicum, and a subtle spice....and quite long in the nose with a light bit of icing sugar. A slight bittering in the fin... Read More

    Wine review by 22415brewery


  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2005

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    No Question. CC's Grand Estate Cab. is superb.The local retailer up here had a post holiday close out at $200 a case. I think it was a "goof".Anyway I thought a case was a "safe buy". Wrong!I blew through that (with help from my wife) in about two months. If you can find it Buy it!SA Read More

    Wine review by akstevea


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