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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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

  • The Hiney Winery

    25 years ago The Hiney Winery was America’s number one comedy feature broadcast on over 600 radio...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Jones of Washington

    Over fifty years of farming experience in the Columbia basin has led to the breaking of new groun...

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

    Winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels the second generation of the Mielke family to oversee...

  • DeLille Cellars

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Desert Wind Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Wahluke Slope Ruah 2006

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    Terribly thin. I was expecting a fuller bodied red, but this disappointed.All ... ... was a stellar year for Washington reds and this blend misses the mark in not taking advantage of the optimum growing season.Not only thin, but a bit tight on the initial palate. The expectation would not be so high if it were not a blend with a unique "nam... Read More

    Wine review by 22415brewery


  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006

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    A veritable bargain, I can find this in the Puget Sound region for just a hair ... was an outstanding year for Washington Cabs and the H3 might just be the star of the show.In early '07 this was excellent, by late '08 the dark mocha characteristics began to shine through. This Cab completely killed a grilled prime slab of filet mignon with an... Read More

    Wine review by 22415brewery


  • Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2005

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    A great value at under $10, this Cab does not overwhelm nor does it overly impress. Besides the obvious berry and bing cherry nose upfront, I find a slight hint of milk chocolate which is pleasing to the palate in this medium bodied cab. This Cab has aged well (late 2009) in the bottle in comparison to the prior taste which I experienced in late... Read More

    Wine review by 22415brewery


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2006

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    his is perhaps the largest volume Riesling in the world and with just ... the ... ... the highlights of the Washington state Riesling grape in its prime. Grown in the same locale as Washington state Peaches and Aprictos, this white finishes rather sweet but pleasing and very approachable.Over the past 2-3 years the stone fruit aromatics have ... Read More

    Wine review by 22415brewery


  • This is perhaps the largest volume Riesling in the world and with just ... the ... ... the highlights of the Washington state Riesling grape in its prime. Grown in the same locale as Washington state Peaches and Aprictos, this white finishes rather sweet but pleasing and very approachable.Over the past 2-3 years the stone fruit aromatics hav... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chateau St Michelle Columbia...


  • 14 Hands Merlot Washington 2008

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    This was one of the best merlots I've ever had. Smooth and subtle. I had it at a restaurant and now am trying to find a store near my ouse that sells it. Read More

    Wine review by Coyers


  • Charles Smith Syrah Washington Boom Boom 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by DamnSkippy


  • Charles Smith Riesling Washington Kung Fu Girl 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by DamnSkippy


  • Owen Roe Winery Owen Roe Sharecropper's Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    good baland - nice finish - Read More

    Wine review by ploon


  • Bunnell Family Cellars Red Blend Columbia Valley Vif 2006

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    wow, rich, dense, jam packed fruit,dark fruit, bright berries, +java, attacking the front, mid, and back palate. Complex with great length, and a 5 minute finish. A pure joy to taste, and to TASTE again! Read More

    Wine review by edub


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