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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Jake Pippin

Wine marketing, education professional and Chile Brand Ambassador with Vine Connections with a love of wine old and new. I am wine geek and traveler with an unquenchable desire to explore the world of wine one region and country at a time

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Andrew Will

    Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched ...

  • Hyatt Vineyards

    Hyatt Vineyards was established by Leland and Lynda Hyatt in 1983. Evolving from a modest Estate ...

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

  • Red Diamond

    Red Diamond is a brand of wines produced in Washington State since 2003. The value driven wines...

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

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Washington on Snooth

  • DV,Not bringing a bike, but might bring shoes, pedals and a kit so I can rent a ... this global warming thing Washington and BC will probably be growing humungous Zins and Cabs etc. in another 25 years or so. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Reininger Helix Sangiovese Washington 2009

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    The color of the wine is a deep, brooding purple at the center leading to some bright ruby along the edges with a bit of opacity. The nose is a very rustic combination of ripe black fruit, plums, black cherry and black currant, over earthy aromas of leather, green grass and a bit of forest floor. The taste is wonderfully fruit forward, with a ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells 2012

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    This wine has berry, chocolate and cinnamon notes and is somewhat simple compared with 2008 and 2009 vintages. Enjoyable but over priced. My rating -- 88. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Wildhaven Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Horse Heaven Hills 2012

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    The 2102 vintage in Wa is highly rated but I am not finding that to be so. This Cabernet is characterized by chocolate and spice with moderate complexity but surely not like the 2009 vintage. Enjoyable but not profound. My rating -- 88 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • JD - Excellent selection with the Gramercy!Here is what I will be bringing to represent Washington:2007 Bunnell Family Cellar Horse Heaven Hills Syrah2007 Bunnell Family Cellar Clifton Hill Vineyard, Wahluke Slope 97% Syrah 3% Viognier2009 Smasne Cellars Block 3 Syrah Lawrence Vineyard 94% Syrah 6% Viognier2012 Nefarious Cellars Estate Defiance ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Just to clarify...Lucha is bringing Washington Syrah.  (he's transporting the Cassini Syrah for me!) and I'm also bringing the Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah (the one from the Judgement of Montreal).  I will bring a couple nice BC blends for those interested. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Alexandria Nicole Jet Black Destiny Ridge Vineyard Horsr Heaven Hills 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling Columbia Valley Wine 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Thank you Big Al for having the interest to even look that up!  The Washington one was pretty good actually and was only $24.  Skylite Cellars Reserve is really good, but is $47 (USD).  I've been trying a lot of BC Syrahs in search of another couple to bring to OT's event. The Kettle Valley I tried was a 2008 and had a gorgeous nose, great full ... Read More

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