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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

    The wines of Badger Mountain Vineyard and Powers Winery reflect the shared values of father and s...

  • 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...

  • Jones of Washington

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

  • DeLille Cellars

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

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Washington on Snooth

  • Thanks OT.  Sandra just pointed out this Washington Post 'Wine' article from 22 Oct 2014 that mentions the Carlisle Winery & Vineyards in Somona when they review the new documentary 'American Wine Story'.  We would like to see this movie.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Oh man, what a night.  Wife made shepherd's pie with fresh veggies and ... me.  The starter was a Washington blend from Tamarack called Firehouse Red.  It took a while to open up, but was pretty good for $1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Red Theory Red Blend 2012

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    This is well balanced and on the medium to light full weight. Black current with vanilla and tobacco flavors. Medium finish with medium tannins. This wine for the price is tasty Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Washington Hills Summit Reserve Late Harvest Riesling Walla Wa

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    I recently had the Washington Hills, Late Harvest Riesling, Walla Walla, 2012 at a Wine Bar in Florida. It was delicious - fruity but not too sweet. I live in California though and I can't find it anywhere. Read More

    Wine review by smclay00


  • DV, it wouldn't be much of an issue for you to send wine through a ... ... down here at some point? Or Washington relatives, et Read More

    Forum post in the topic It's getting to be that time...


  • I don't want to sound like a bummer, but shipping wine for me is ... by ... by most, save for a smaller Washington winery.  I will bring some BC wine to any event possible for me to attend, or person who extends an invitation.  I find that more meaningful than passing fifty bucks from one hand to another.  It's a nice idea though. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic It's getting to be that time...


  • Canoe Ridge Vineyards Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, certainly appropriate for a Cabernet from the Columbia Valley. The nose is quite pleasant with some lovely floral notes atop some rich, ripe fruit notes of plum and red currant and just a bit of smokiness. The taste is really quite nice, very fruit forward, with flavors of ripe raspberry, blackberry ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • The BC liquor store near me had the 2008 Grange for $550.  I recognized it ... back in March at the Taste Washington event, damn good.  Speaking of damn good, is anyone else happy that Twin Peaks is coming bac Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Hello,Do you know what grapes you like?  With no information to go on, ... ... maybe even a merlot from Washington and then try them side by side (or if that's extravagant, have one with dinner each day and take notes).There's too much out there to recommend.  There's no magic one that will always be good and chea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for an everyday red...


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Very satisfying sparkler from one of Willamette's oldest wineries. Pink rose color with wild strawberry, tart cherry, decent acidity and a medium finish. This is not real dry but not sweet either, it walks a fine line between both, quite enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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