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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Russell Creek Winery

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

  • Latah Creek Winery

    At Latah Creek our stylistic aim is to create wines that taste like the grapes from which they ca...

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

    Stimson Estate Cellars wines are crafted from ripe, flavorful grapes from vineyards in the Columb...

  • Avery Lane

    Avery Lane offers a wide variety of premium wines from the Columbia Valley, representing some of ...

  • DeLille Cellars

    DeLILLE CELLARS is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington and was originally co-fou...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Very excellent, Lucha.  I really want to find a domestic Sangiovese that I ... I ... I have to look to Washingto Read More

    Forum post in the topic Washington takes on Ruffino


  • The Ruffino virtual tasting was perfectly timed to synch up with two great bicycle races in Italy.  The Strade Bianchi and Tirreno-Adriatico both cut through Tuscany, which is one of my favorite Italian wine regions.The most recent Lucha Vino match honors the Strade Bianchi, a fabulous one day race that incorporates 10 sections of white dirt roa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Washington takes on Ruffino


  • I got a flat tire riding home from work today so I was the exact opposite of ... Lucha VIno ring to take on Washington's Eight Bells Sangiovese in a winner take all brawl.  I will post the details later this wee Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virtual tastings and rumors...


  • Sandra and I stopped by a little wine store called The Bottle Shop yesterday on ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington's Red Mountain; this is a new member of the Duckhorn Vineyards family that we heard about a few weeks ago.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern ... ... that are written up in the Washington Post newspaper, and after a little wine tasting of about five wines, we found one of the ones we were looking for - the Lo Petit de la Casa.  From the tasting we grabbed the Buzet as it was pretty tasty.  Overall, a nice sunny... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • It wasn't long ago, maybe two years, that the Government changed a few of ... of ... don't write -off Washington wine though, you'd love the Cabs I'm sur Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • BYOB! Hey, it was 1/2 price wine night.  Why would I bring my own ... we can bring a bottle into a Washington DC restaurant.So Sandra and I each had a small glass, then we put a cork in it and took it (along with the take-out food when it was ready) to Sandra's parents place, where we opened it again and shared it with Sandra's father.  He lik... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Another Wednesday night and a take-out dinner that we bring over to ... Merlot ... Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington.  At just $32 it wasn't a bad deal (this was the wine club price) but it wasn't our favorite Merlot. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica Block 2010

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    Received this as a Christmas gift and oh what a wonderful gift. This could be one of my favorite Cabernet type wines. Deep beautiful cherry and current, forest floor chocolate, blueberry, nice acidity and well balanced tannins. This gives way to a spicy long lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • AOA,Can you buy much Washington wine in Nevada?  I'm a big fan of Washington and although I like my BC wine and try to support it, I admit that Washington has kicked our asses for price/quality about 50% of the time.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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