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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Vital

    Our Story   Vital Wines produces wines that complete a circle.  All proceeds go to the SOS ...

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Jones of Washington

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

  • Pacific Rim

    First released by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard in 1992, Pacific Rim Dry Riesling quickly ...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Well Mueller seems to be doing his job properly, Flynn has plea-bargained and ... ... a professor at George Washington Law School. “We all agreed that he had the range to hit anyone in the White House. The question is whether he had the load to do any damage. We still don’t know the answer to that question.” Anyone else want to take on the be... Read More

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  • Total Wine gave me a $10 off coupon upon spending $40 at their store.  I ... looking for red blends from Washington State, and came away with these two bottles.  One is on target, but the other is a recommendation from the guy that was helping me do the research with his computer.  I bet they are both tasty.  We'll se Read More

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  • I enjoyed a nice massage yesterday, followed by lunch at Seasons 52.  I ... was from Columbia Valley in Washington state.  Highly recommend this on Read More

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  • Wow, never have run into a paywall with the Economist (unlike the Boston Globe or Washington Post or New York Times or Wall Street Journal, though I appreciate their need for lifeblood cash). Maybe it's different when originating from Japan than from the States. Al, try from another IP address, or use a proxy server.DV, good to see you, stranger... Read More

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  • Al,Canoehead (cellar tracker handle) was there!  He just completed his ... ... colour and shape), the Washington was a bit taller.  When they were bagged I only knew which was the Washington.  I could have got Terri to do it, but wasn't a big deal.  Ideally, I'd have four decanters, but I don't! &nbs Read More

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  • I decided to open a bottle from a recent acquisition - the 2012 Garrison Creek ... ... in March when we were in Washington to taste wines and things of this nature.Of course, I had to do some work before opening a bottle.  I raked leaves, picked them up and then cut the lawn.  After that, I even took my 2005 Fatboy out for a little ride since ... Read More

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  • Efeste Upright 2012

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    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try ... Steakhouse in Georgetown (Washington DC) last night, prior to a chamber music performance (Leila Josefowicz in Recital) at The Kennedy Center.  I selected a 2001 Grand Reserva Rioja from their wine list that was listed at $95, about double the retail price.  Inv... Read More

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  • Covey Run Riesling Washington 2009

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    Love this wonderful riesling, but can't seem to find it in Greenville SC anymore. Read More

    Wine review by LindWood


  • Very nice EM.  That should last a week or so.I picked up another case ... ... list at Garrison Creek in Washington state.  They are too small for a wine club.  We tasted their wines this past March, so we are excited to get six Syrah and six Cabernet Sauvignon bottle Read More

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