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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Lucha Vino

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • The Hiney Winery

    25 years ago The Hiney Winery was America’s number one comedy feature broadcast on over 600 radio...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • Saviah Cellars

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

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

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

  • DeLille Cellars

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

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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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  • @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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  • If the meet up happens in October I most likely will be able to take a few days ... did a two week grand tour of Washington State and spent a day or two in Seattle.  We had a fantastic meal at Wild Ginger, their wine list is quite extensiv Read More

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  • Regarding Seattle: I think we just need to decide on a meeting place.  It ... ... restaurant with a decent Washington State wine list would do nicely for me. We'd likely just take the 2 hour drive down and stay the night somewhere.  There should be a lot of flexibility for anyone coming to the city in October. Read More

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  • http://online.fliphtml5.com/nxcu/etpp/#p=C1This link should take you to the new Washington Wine touring guide. Read More

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  • Wow Zuf.  Where did you find that?  Charles' last foray into ... ... wine, Silverback Vineyards (Washington) produced fantastic wine also.  He'll be making more great wine in BC coming soo Read More

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  • JD said if it were fall, October works best for him.  I'll check again ... ... where I stayed for Taste Washington last time.  I think a day downtown and a day in Woodinville (hour drive) would be fabulou Read More

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  • Well, just drank down most of the Blackwood Lane Reference 2006.  This is ... - to use a neighbourhood (Washington State) garagiste comparison.  Now times have moved on, and I am brushing over the many wonderful BC and Washington State wines since, but nevertheless, I have tasted some fine wines, and never given above 95 points.  This one come... Read More

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  • Lucha, I will be looking for the Jones of Washington Cab Franc... I have seen a few of these wines, I think, but as yet not visited the winery or tasted any product.  This weekend might the opportunity to get across the line and try some.Z/M Read More

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  • Silverlake Columbia Valley Cabernet/Merlot 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... is fromj the state of Washington on the west coast of the United States. It is a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot. I started it last night with my supper of meat pie. There is certainly plenty of fresh blackcurrant,plum and black cherry style fruit with some soft and smooth tannins... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Sounds like it was great as usual.  I pretty much take BC and multiply by ten to get Washington for production and wineries etc.  So, I know we have many new wineries, it stands to reason you do also.  I'd not heard of any of the ones you mentioned and I regularly read the Washington Wine Blog that Owen Bargreen does.  I had a 2008 Pedestal and ... 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...

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  • 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!

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  • 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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