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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Vitis Ridge

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

  • Avery Lane

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

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

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

    Stimson Estate Cellars wines are crafted from ripe, flavorful grapes from vineyards in the Columb...

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

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

  • Kennedy Shah

    Woodhouse Family Cellars is a maker of high-quality, boutique Washington wines produced in the ol...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Matthews Columbia Valley Claret 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by monkey742

  • Charles Smith Riesling Washington Kung Fu Girl 2008


    This Riesling is a fantastic offering coming from WA. It has a floral nose of apple to start and opens up nicely. The wine itself is on the dryer side with a nice crisp acidity which makes it very easy and refreshing to drink. I find it pairs nicely with soft cheeses but also light fish and even pork. enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by OftheFRtradition

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley 2005


    Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washingtons largest winery, and for such a large enterprise the elements of this 2005 Syrah are dramatic. Ethos is rich with flavors of earth, pepper and black fruits with a finish that comforts you like a favorite cashmere sweater. This effort is successful in bridging new and old world style with its expression of f... Read More

    Wine review by wine national

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2005


    Definite Dr. Loosen Mosel style, off-dry but with that great big Eastern Washington fruit which Mosel region annot produce most years. A very fine Reisling for about $20. Chateus St. Michelle did a wise thing by doing this joint venture with one of Mosel's finest newer producers. Read More

    Wine review by marinman49

  • Distant Bay Cabernet Sauvignon NV


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    Wine review by judy88

  • Distant Bay Cabernet Sauvignon NV


    This Distant Bay Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderful. I'm surprised at the low price. Enjoyed in while in Anchorage, AK and have been looking for it on the East Coast. Read More

    Wine review by judy88

  • Bookwalter Columbia Valley Lot No 21 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by TMW

  • Willow Crest Syrah Yakima Valley Estate Series 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by LegalWine

  • Mountain Dome Cuvee Forte NV


    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


    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

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