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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • Russell Creek Winery

    Russell Creek Winery was founded in 1998 in the southeast corner of the State of Washington on a ...

  • Covey Run Winery

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

  • Vital

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • Kennedy Shah

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

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

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  • Washiington State just got its 11th appellation...Lake Chelan yesterday April 29, 2009. This area is located in north central Washington state and islocated within the Columbia Valley AVA but at its most northern boundary. It is much higher in elevation and with a more cooler climate. For more information on this up-and-coming area visit http://...

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  • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling Columbia Valley Organic 2007

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  • I've had this cab before a couple of times in the last two years and ... ... very well.  There was a Washington Silverback Reference, a Tignanello and a Penfolds RWT.  That's pretty good company for a BC Cab Sav to have presence in. This is the last one I have (sorry Greg, I was trying to hold it for you!) and so Canoehead (CellarTracker handl... Read More

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  • I agree that young people seem to be going more toward craft beer and all ... ... ... well.  When I go to Washington, the places I visit to buy wine are doing a robust business as are the wineries and tasting venues (Woodinville, downtown Seattle etc.).  A tremendous percentage of women (say 25-50 years of age) are drinking red wine more than ... Read More

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  • DM,You're absolutely right.  It's all about the earth and things ... vinifera is finite.  Washington has exponentially more of this suitable land.  I don't think they're being pushed to the corners of the state looking for the next great AVA, although it is creeping.  When I raced in Leavenworth and Wenatchee last year, there were wines from p... Read More

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  • These are farmers up there, whether they're growing wheat or onions or ... ... to do with life in eastern Washington for a long time.Nice recaps, Greg, thanks for taking time to write them. This is just a drive by for me and I'll take more time in the next day or two to reread your posts and maybe ask a question or two. Would be nice to have a... Read More

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  • I suspect Washington will end up with more wineries closer to the border. Typically, there are mostly 2015, 2016 and just now 2017 reds available in stores, but there are some 2013 and 2014's also.  Why they'd serve 2014 is a bit weird, but it was a very good vintage.  Road 13 makes a big blend called The 5th Element that's really spectacular, b... Read More

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  • It wasn't cold, but it was raining a lot. Everyone said it was really ... ... ... not single winery in Washington up there. You would think that since the BC folks have done a good job promoting their region and a lot of people drive up from the US, there'd be a logical follow-up market on the US side. There's water and obviously the climate ... Read More

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  • Some wines.A Gruner Veltliner. Not bad. It would be interesting to see more of ... ... a Desert Hills Winery in Washington, and an unrelated Desert Hills Estate Winery in BC. We didn't taste them side by side, but the BC version does a nice Syrah, so we brought back one of those too., And there's this. The guy pouring the wines was great. Some... Read More

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  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to Washington, so visited a few places there too. Totally off the subject of wine, I found an awesome bakery in Spokane and the girl there served me this thing that I thought was a kind of Parmesan cheese foam. In fact it was fermented cashew whip, which was definitely weird, but ... Read More

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  • @DMcker, I think you need to try this Reference.  I may buy up the ... ... back to your old haunts in Washington State in October.  Read More

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  • I saw a rating of the 2012 vintage in WA for reds. It was 94-97. After tasting a number of Cabernets, I must disagree. I would give it an 88. Obviously the press is getting a little ahead of themselves on this call.

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  • you must realize there are two Washingtons. you mixed them up with your map!

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  • If you are heading into Washington's wine country, make a stop in Prosser (exit 80 off I-82) if not able to stay the night. They have a "Vintner's Village", more like a Disneyland for wine lovers. There is so much to taste! All in all, Canyon's Edge Winery gets our thumbs up with an out of this world Cab and Sangiovese. Oh and we can't forge...

    Comment by 516467Lovin D Vine 516467 Lovin D Vine


  • My wife and I have been to Walla Walla several times. We got turned on to a Riesling at Three Rivers. I simply loved the Syrah that I purchased at L'Ecole No 41. Recently at Vino! A Wine Shop in Spokane, WA, I bought several bottles of Syrah by Spokane's Barrister Winery. It was excellent!

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  • A hidden gem in the world of wines. We need to get the word out there!

    Comment by 479390hordur 479390 hordur


  • Is anyone else doing the WA Merlot virtual wine tasting/tweetup tonight? #WAMerlot

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  • I think I'm 12 for 12 on red wines from Washington. I've literally never had a Cab, Syrah, or Merlot from Washington that I didn't at least like, but most of them I love. Something about that Columbia Valley that hits my taste buds right. Just thought I'd mention that. Anyone know of any good values $15-20 on big, bold Washington reds? I'm alwa...

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