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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Varietals Produced in Washington View all

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • Columbia Winery

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

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

  • Duck Pond Cellars

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

  • Badger Mountain Inc.

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

  • Saviah Cellars

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

  • Hyatt Vineyards

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • L'Ecole 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard Proprietary Red 2000

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    I let the wine decant for about 90 minutes before pouring. The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, with just a bit of opacity. The nose presents aromas of leather, blackberry, plum and a hint of forest floor. The taste presents surprising flavors of cherry cola up front that transitions nicely to some notes of mocha, nutmeg and baking spi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2000

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    The wine is a nice garnet color in the glass with a bit of brown along the edges. The nose presents lovely aromas of leather, basalt, blackberry and prune, sort of the classic aroma of a mature Bordeaux. The taste is surprisingly mellow and pleasant, with a rush of cherry cola up front that transitions to some notes of white pepper and mint mi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard 2005

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    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass, with a bit of opacity at the center. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, leather, cedar and cassis. The taste is just a pleasure, with some warm fruit notes up front, blackberry, plum and cherry cola, that transition nicely to some warm spice notes midpalate. The finish is generous, with me... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Spring Valley Vyd. Uriah 2004

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    The wine is a beautiful garnet in the glass, with a slight hint of amber along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, leather and mint, with just a bit of black pepper spice. The taste is just lovely, with a good bit of black licorice and blackberry up front that transitions nicely to some notes of mint and black pepper midpalate. ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Reserve 2010

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    The wine is an intense ruby color along the edges with a center of inky indigo. The nose offers some stunning aromas of leather and rich black fruit, blackberries, cherries and cassis with a residual of green olive that lingers at the end. The taste is absolutely stunning, with rich black fruit intermingled with some wonderful notes of cherry ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Red Bordeaux Blend Walla Walla Valley Apogée Pepper Bridge Vineyard 2009

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    The wine is an inky black color at the center, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose is a lovely expression of earthy brilliance and lovely ripe fruit, with aromas of leather, blackberry, plum and cassis and a bit of smoke lingering over the top. The taste is divine, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front, blackberry, plum and black cur... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    The wine is a deep, inky black at the center with bright garnet along the edges. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe blackberry and cherry intermingled with some cedar and smoke with just a hint of rose petals lurking in the background. The taste is rich and vibrant, with a rush of ripe fruit up front that easily subsides to reveal some... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Milbrandt the Estates Merlot 2011

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    The wine is a deep ruby color, classic for Merlot. The nose is chock full of leather, dark chocolate, blackberry and a hint of mint, just the classic aroma of a nice Merlot. The taste is wonderful, with a rush of ripe black fruit, cherry, plum and blueberry that transitions to some wonderful notes of vanilla and mocha midpalate. The tannins a... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Helix Syrah 2012

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    The wind is a deep inky purple in the glass. The nose presents aromas of leather, blackberry green grass and smoke. The taste is a rush of ripe fruit upfront with blueberries, current and a hint of boysenberry that transitions to some white pepper notes midpalate. The fine grain tannins provide a great foundation for the long smooth and exceptio... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah 2013

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, with a nose of leather, black cherry and a hint of mint. The taste is just lovely, with a rush or ripe fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and plum that transitions effortlessly to some lovely mineral notes of dusty limestone and dried herbs midpalate. The finish is quite nice, with soft tannins that ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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