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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

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

  • Russell Creek Winery

    Russell Creek Winery was founded in 1998 in the southeast corner of the State of Washington on a ...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Kennedy Shah

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

  • Pacific Rim

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • 14 Hands Hot To Trot Red Blend 2013


    This red blend is not too dry but has just enough tannin to pair well with heavy cuisine. It is smooth, full figured and velvety in the mouth. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • As a follow-on to the Phillips Museum performance Thursday evening, the ... at ... the ... at his residence in Washington DC yesterday (Friday evening), prior to our National Symphony Orchestra performance at The Kennedy Center later that same evening.  Yes, we've been busy - and we did attend the event at the Ambassador's residence.  He met ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • There aren't many places that grow Pinot Noir in Washington. I have now found two wineries in Lake Chelan that grow Pinot Noir on their estate vineyards and make a good PN.Tonight I am enjoying this new find from Benson Vineyards - Black Tea, medium red fruit, subtle white pepper with light floral notes all backed up by decent acidity. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Hogue Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Genesis 2003


    Had in French lick hotel Read More

    Wine review by gmb468

  • EM - That stew was called 'Beef Provencale', as shown on the menu. ... ... menu. ... the details:The Washington BalletSeptime Webre, artistic directorHamlet - Company PremiereMusic: Philip GlassChoreography: Stephen MillsPreview Night–Wednesday, Mar. 23; Opening Night–Thursday, Mar. 24Sleek and elegant with contemporary staging and performed ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Greetings from Sanibel Island -My initial effort of titration of the Madiran ... from the Columbia Valley in Washington, Charles Smith (2007), remaining from dinner; so, I decanted it into the aforementioned decanted Madiran that has been in the refrigerated decanter for about two weeks, now.  The result is palatable, even desirable.  Conseque... Read More

    Forum post in the topic scutulatus

  • Hands Hot To Trot Red Blend Washington State 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • We had a fun Friday evening on the 8th of April.  Started with a wine ... ... then we rode the Metro into Washington DC to dine at the Cork Wine Bar before walking over to see a play (Moment) at the Studio Theater.  We really loved the LAN Rioja wine at the shop, but we didn't buy any bottles this evening since we were not going back to our ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Weird thread to revive. Twice no less!Anyhow, I suppose the OP and the other ... In the south of Spain and in Washington, it's dry desert so you can irrigate. In Sauternes, they want sweet wine, so in case they don't get enough botrytis, they can add sugar and can freeze the grapes - you gotta get some product out and do whatever is necessary.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry or sweet???

  • I had fun at your web site review, Al. I also, of course have a few comments. ... ... may have missed the Washington, D.C. cherry blossoms, Al, but this tree sure looks beautiful.  To me it looks like a Slk Floss tree, but it's hard to tell, and Oregon might not be a bit north for them. It sounds like you had an outstanding trip Al.  Thanks f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

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