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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Jake Pippin

Wine marketing, education professional and Chile Brand Ambassador with Vine Connections with a love of wine old and new. I am wine geek and traveler with an unquenchable desire to explore the world of wine one region and country at a time

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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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

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

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

    Ryan Patrick Vineyards production facility is located in Quincy, Washington a stones throw from o...

  • A Maurice Cellars

    The exquisite wine at àMaurice starts with respecting the land — healthy vines mean healthy wi...

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

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

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • Kennedy Shah

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

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Washington on Snooth

  • Arbor Crest Syrah Columbia Valley 2011

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    I really enjoyed this wine. It is smooth with plenty of fruity body and a great flavor that stays on the tongue. If you're looking for super-bold then you might not like this but I prefer a wine that is smooth and enjoyable. I will definitely purchase this wine again. Read More

    Wine review by tomlib


  • Covey Run Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Fairly deep color, nice amount of fruit, cocoa, dark chocolate and berry notes. Tremendous value at $5. My rating-- 86 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Update:  Apparently I'm still on probation for 2015.  You would ... ... fellow WORMS riders (Washington Operations Riders of Motorcycles) generally don't like to ride in this kind of weather.  There was no ice or snow on the roads so it was safe except for the risk of frostbite.Upon my arrival home, Rebecca and I used the champagne left over ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Welcome Bantony,Yes, plenty of cab fans here.  I have tended to prefer ... $30.  Since I was in Washington state, I bought a couple of others to try and bring home across the border.  One I really like is Kiona.  It's only $16 at Total Wine.  I had it last night and it needed some air, but it was really nice, especially for the money.  I have ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Here's a couple of wines I drank while down in Seattle.  The ... the ... the corner.  $23, (2005 Washington).  It was incredible.  It was called Monte Regalo (a blend).  I'd put it up there in the top ten of wines I'd drank this year (okay, fifteen for sure).  I told the guy at the store that it was THAT good.  I went back the day before I cam... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Year Label?


  • Once again my California-centric bigotry has been exposed.What you are pointing ... ... know, for example, that Washington defines the meaning of the word "Reserve" on a label, but that word is no legally defined for California wines.I enjoyed reading the linked Napa Vintners paper.  I did not know that "Wine Type" and "Appellation of Origin" ... Read More

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  • Yes, DM, it was a 1991.  It is funny, though, as I indicated above, if you ... ... on the tables at the Washington restaurant, but my experience is that everything is eaten with your fingers except the Couscous for which they give you a spoon.  Also, you get to throw the bones on your table.  I don't know why that tickles me so much, but it do... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Sandra and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last night in Washington DC, after visiting her mother who is now at home (about 4 miles from where we live).  Sandra's mom has improved quite a bit in the last few days to the point where she can actually get up and walk maybe ten feet and back without her walker.  Her ability to speak isn't ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Jealous again, Tasting again; a Ton of New French Oak.. New French Oak. I beg ... ... in Cabs, Merlots, Italy, Washington, Calif.-although many wines were pleasing that guests provided. La Massa and Miestro proved themselves.Viva... this Thread.!! Happy New Year 201 Read More

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