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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

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

  • A Maurice Cellars

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

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

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

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Covey Run Winery

    Named for the coveys of quail that patrol our prized vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Covey Run ...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Forgeron Cellars Zinfandel Columbia Valley 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep garnet color in the glass, classic for a nice Zinfandel. The nose is filled with leather, smoke and an edge of earthiness. The taste is just perfect, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front, blackberry and plum, with a hint of fig that blankets your palate. The flavors transition nicely to some rustic mineral notes ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Attended a Washington Ballet performance today at the Warner Theater in Washington DC.  This was an afternoon performance and so we dined nearby at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab.  Wonderful meal starting with 12 + 6 oysters on the half shell (sparkling Brut Premier Roederer wine for myself, 2015 Sancerre Domaine De La Perriere for Sa... Read More

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  • Our Balkan wine tasting party was a success tonight.  One wine was ... ... these during our protests in Washington D Read More

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  • "I'd like to hear what Trump's opinion of what constitutes the ... Any mention of them in the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN or several others would, of course, be labeled 'fake news' in another tweet.&nbs Read More

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  • Just a quick follow-up.  We joined Long Shadows a few days ago.  That makes an even dozen wine clubs we now belong to.  Our first wines from them will be the fall shipment.  Looking forward to it.  Read More

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  • Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia valley 2012

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    Again, drinking above it's price point with dark berry fruits, red plum, damp earth, spice and herbal tones. Medium chewy tannins and excellent acidity gives the impression this could sit another 2-3 years. Drink or hold - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013

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    Very good and a perfect everday wine. Aromas of violets, blackberry and spice lead to full mouthing palate. Smooth tannins, driving acidity, plenty of fruit...90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • RBA - Yes, Horse Heaven Hills is in Washington and Columbia Crest has a gold mine with this line. Other than a little fatigue and the occasional nap due to it I feel really pretty good.  Thank you. Read More

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  • The H3 blend is from Washington state, right?  I seem to remember that AVA but we didn't visit there.  Nice selection of wines to celebrate a milestone event.  Hope you're feeling better too. Read More

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