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...

  • 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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

    Starting in 1999: C. R. Sandidge Wines is a family owned and operated small boutique winery. Ray ...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

  • Boomtown

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Amavi Cellars

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

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  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2002


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    Wine review by spies

  • Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2004


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    Wine review by spies

  • Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Nelms Road 2003


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    Wine review by basilwino

  • Cultura Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley 2006


    Could it be?100% Cabernet Franc in the Yakima Valley?This would ultimately beg the question of, who in their right mind would possibly attempt to present let alone bottle this obscure and often-blended varietal?06' was an excellent hot year in the valley and this 100% Cab Franc displays nuances and delicacy that is not often found in this region... Read More

    Wine review by 22415brewery

  • Mcmanis Family Vineyards Merlot California 2011


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    Wine review by jcs04dir

  • J. Bookwalter Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2004


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    Wine review by basilwino

  • I thoroughly enjoy the 2005 Ruah, currently have about 7 bottles left. I went ... 2007 was a better year for Washington Cabs and Merlots, but I have not heard anything from anybody who's tasted it. Your feedback would be appreciate Read More

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  • Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay 2007


    I'm not a Chardonnay fan yet this one stands out.Perhaps it is because this has less oak and less butter than most. Almost finishes medium-dry which is a nice change of pace compared to the oaky-popcorn characteristics found in most others.Coconut essence, granny smith apple peel, and cream lace this refreshing chard. Read More

    Wine review by 22415brewery

  • Desert Wind Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Wahluke Slope Ruah 2006


    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


    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

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