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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

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...

  • Duck Pond Cellars

    Founded in 1993, Duck Pond Cellars owns and operates 840 acres of vineyards in the valleys of nor...

  • Avery Lane

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • Columbia Winery

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

  • Willow Crest Winery

    Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima...

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  • Last Saturday was an afternoon at the ballet, specifically Cinderella (San ... ... ... at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  This was a wonderful performance and I was simply amazed.  After the performance we walked over to the Georgetown waterfront and dined at Fiola Mare, a very exquisite restaurant right on the waterfront.  We first stop... Read More

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  • Maybe some folks could plan a trip to Washington DC and we could host a wine tasting party?  We live in Springfield, Virginia - very close if you wish to see museums and such.  Another Pinot Noir throw down or perhaps a Cabernet Sauvignon pop-up event? Read More

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  • We will be in the state of Washington and then briefly in Oregon from the 4th through the 15th of March 2017.  Wish we had the time to drive down to Napa / Sonoma for another stay at that Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Read More

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  • Sunday was special.  I started it off with a motorcycle ride to nearby ... afternoon, we headed into Washington DC to dine at Notti Bianche, which is walking distance from The Kennedy Center.  Yes, we had a show to attend - Peter Frampton and his acoustic versions of hits from the 70's and 80's.  Dinner was very nice, with Sandra and I both or... Read More

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  • Thanks RC.  I'm not good at describing complexities in wine (my wife ... wife ... seen these guys in Washington DC and they are very funny with their improv comedy. &nbs Read More

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  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Excellent wine with earthy tones accenting the rich dark berry fruits, clove and spice. Smooth tannic structure combines with good acidty to an aftertaste that is good and lasting. Paul - 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Busy weekend getting ready for winter - been nice so an early start is is ... ... excellent - The Amavi from Washington was interesting in that there was an herdal compound to it that made it great with food and Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz was a big time QPR wine that drank elegantly - a fruity, minerally driven wine that had a long finish - p... Read More

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  • RC - The Hazana Vines Viejas Rioja wine would be my choice, followed by the ... the ... celebration of The Washington Ballet and for this single performance they pulled out all the stops.  Dinner prior to that was at Kingbird, in the Watergate Hotel.  Besides a very nice meal, I tried a glass of Crown Royal Canadian whisky to get me in the ri... Read More

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  • Revelry Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007

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    Lively oak bouquet Lovely taste Read More

    Wine review by martce


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