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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Avery Lane

    Avery Lane offers a wide variety of premium wines from the Columbia Valley, representing some of ...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Va Piano Vineyards

    Established in 2005, specialize in red variatels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

  • Amavi Cellars

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

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  • J. Bookwalter Protagonist Red Mountain Blend 2006

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    Wine review by ht4matthew


  • Barnard Griffin Orange Muscat Columbia Valley 2007

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    Wine review by ht4matthew


  • K Vintners Cabernet-Syrah Blend Walla Walla Valley 2005

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    this is a wine that i like for the pricepoint... it's a great house wine! decent to keep around, tho not one to use if you're trying to impress. Read More

    Wine review by acorrinnet


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2005

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    I thought this merlot was stunning! One of the best i have ever had. I believe that Washington State wines have been overlooked and CSM is one of the best.Highly recommended! Read More

    Wine review by Bad Bobby Wine


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2006

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    Im not a huge white wine fan but this wine may have changed that. Sweet, acidic, but not syrupy. A crisp finish! Smells of melon and honeysuckle. Definitely a great wine Read More

    Wine review by bluue13


  • Kiona Lemberger Red Mountain 2005

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    Kiona produced the first commercial varietal Lemberger in the US in 1980, and ... and ... Wine Festival, WashingtonTry it! You'll like i Read More

    Wine review by JJKiona


  • Kiona Zinfandel Reserve Red Mountain 2006

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    Zinfandel is not widely planted in Washington. Favorable location and diligent vineyard management however, coaxes wonderful wine from this finicky varietal. Made from grapes grown high on Red Mountain, Kiona's Zinfandel is rich, dark, spicy, and fun. Awards for Kiona's Estate Zinfandel, 2006SILVERFlorida State Fair SILVERGrand Harvest Awards, ... Read More

    Wine review by JJKiona


  • Kiona Zinfandel Red Mountain the Big Kiona 2005

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    Aptly named, Big Kiona is a late harvest port-style Zinfandel. The 2005 vintage won a gold medal at the Taster's Guild in Michigan. Naturally fermented to almost 17% alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by JJKiona


  • Col Solare Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley 2005

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    71% cab, 25% merlot and 4% cab franc. Very tasty. This pairing between the Antinori family and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates was a good matchup, having produced this very nice wine! Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Matthews Columbia Valley 2001

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    Magnificent wine! Rich, plump berry flavors greet you and the wine blankets your palette in a fruit forward wine that is quickly backed up by ripe tannins working in perfect harmony. It's a bigger wine, as cabs from WA tend to be, so it's best suited with food in my opinion. It was fabulous right out of the bottle. I have had two bottles thu... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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