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

  • 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

  • Kennedy Shah

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

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

  • Vital

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

  • Saviah Cellars

    Saviah Cellars is a family-owned and operated artisan winery located in the acclaimed Walla Walla...

  • Covey Run Winery

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

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  • 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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    No written review

    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


  • Here are some links to the wineries websites.  And a bit of ... lot of ... lot of this grape grown in Washington.Cor makes mostly single varietal red wines with a couple of whites thrown in for good measure.Maryhill is a pretty well established winery and has an amphitheater where they host a summer concert series.  They make an extensive sele... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Columbia gorge


  •  we will be in Washington the first week in June. Last trip out we hit Walla Walla and found some hidden gems,  like Garrison Creek, in addition to those Dvogler mentioned. Many great wineries in the Benton City area as well. Looking for those hidden gems as we make our way from Portland, head North and leave from Pasco. Read More

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  • Red Diamond Merlot 2012

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    I am a Merlot girl. I want lots of berry flavors, low tannin and low acidity. This is priced well and a easy drinking wine. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Incorrect EMark, you posted it in the Weekday Wines thread and I said Friday ... ... a Ring Cycle coming to Washington D.C.?  When?  That is one of the very few things that might tempt me visit the Eastern Time Zone.  In 1995 we saw the Ring in Seattle.  Truly amazin Read More

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