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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A Maurice Cellars

    The exquisite wine at àMaurice starts with respecting the land — healthy vines mean healthy wi...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Saviah Cellars

    Saviah Cellars is a family-owned and operated artisan winery located in the acclaimed Walla Walla...

  • Thurston Wolfe

    Dr. Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream pr...

  • Willow Crest Winery

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Pine & Post Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2005


    This wine has tannins, no doubt. They hit the mouth first, for me, and with an open palm. And then an understated fruit--yes, cherry and plums (as the winemaker's note mentions). But I like this structure in this wine--so many cabs are too jammy, too full of the fruit and squish around. It's especially good with steak. Yum. Read More

    Wine review by matthewj

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Barrel Fermented 1992


    Decent though not my favorite Riesling on the market. Read More

    Wine review by abbeym

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Washington Gewurztraminer 2007


    Served slightly chilled. Floral notes with lychee and tropical fruit. Off dry character with a light body. This wine is definitely an easy drinking wine, but it lacks the spicy character I have come to expect from gewurztraminer. Still, not bad at all. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Vintage Hill Cellars Merlot 2006


    This wine is great and very complex... I love the way they used three different ... ... from all across eastern Washington. The black current really comes ou Read More

    Wine review by luvmesomewine

  • Januik Winery Columbia Valley Red 2006


    Delicious fruit forward taste.... lots of sweetness on the front, but enough oak to balance it out and make it a great taste. A little overly bitter on the sides of the tounge. A bit sour on the back of the toung, but not acidic... just not perfectly smooth finish. Wonderful oak flavor on the exhaust. All in all, a GREAT wine. Comperable with ot... Read More

    Wine review by william344

  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2004


    This tasted exactly like the 2004 Indian Wells Cabernet from Washington State. The Petit Verdot gives this wine a nice roundness. I think that the price point is a little high. I got it for $19.99 but it's a $30 bottle. I would not pay $30 for it. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Delille Cellars D2 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by mw9

  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2005


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    Wine review by enordeen

  • Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Dry Reisling NV


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    Wine review by jrs123

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