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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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

  • Vital

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

  • The Hiney Winery

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

  • A Maurice Cellars

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

  • Kestrel Wines

    We opened our winery in early 1999 on three acres in the Prosser Wine and Food Park. Our winery b...

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Winery

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

    Starting in 1999: C. R. Sandidge Wines is a family owned and operated small boutique winery. Ray ...

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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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  • I sense the market will crash bigly once Trump is entertaining impeachment ... ... ... big protest march in Washington DC.  I can't wait to hold up my sign from a year ago, "Bite the hand that Tweets" Read More

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  • Once our Christmas activities at my in-laws were over (around 5 PM), we headed ... (Duckhorn experiment with Washington fruit) and of course they invited us in for a small glass of wine that they were serving to relatives.  Back home, Sandra continued her walk for a bit longer while I started a fire and opened this nice 2013 Margaux bottle tha... Read More

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  • Thanks for the anniversary thoughts.  We had a wonderful time last night ... ... one with a view of the Washington Monument.  For waiting they comp'ed us two glasses of champagne, which we drank at their crowded bar (lots of folks were waiting for rooms).  This morning it was very quiet in the lobby, like night and day!  Anyway, dinner at the... Read More

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  • That sounds nice.  We'll bring a red and a white wine to my wife's ... Tonight we are heading into Washington DC to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary.  This time we shall stay in the city at a nice hotel - The Willard.  Should be nic Read More

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  • Yesterday was nice.  Sandra and her friend Lynn (who has attended a few of ... Metro station and rode into Washington DC to see the  Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.While they spent the day in the museum, I relaxed at home watching some movies like Dunkirk and such.  At 5:30 PM, I met them at the Kingbird resta... Read More

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  • Jack, you posted while I was composing my response to Paul.You are, of course, ... who, very little decency in Washington, DC. My guess is that this is a reflection of our society, in general.  I want it, and I want it, now.  My way or the highway.  Kick him when he's down.  If I can get away with it, then it's OK.Gawd.  I'm getting depressed.... Read More

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  • Al - I've had both of these in the past few years and I agree with thoughts. Read More

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  • Been drinking some dailies lately that were less than solid, but these 2 stood ... ... of their Merlot (I like Washington merlots) and drank them over the last 4 years.  It (the last bottle) was really good. Smooth with mostly blackberry fruit, mocha, dirt. rounded tannins and good acidity.  Needs about 3 years of laying down to be good, but ... Read More

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  • Continuing the topic without being too messy for DM, we are now looking at Washington state wines.  I bought a few this past week at my favorite wine store and they were both below $20.  These wines are not exceptional (yes, we drank them), but they certainly are worth the money.  I would buy the Merlot again, but probably not the Cabernet Sauvi... Read More

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  • Welcome to Snooth Gina. House wines. Judging from the Cava your serving, ... ... Michelle. Both are made in Washington State and offer a complete line of wines at different price points that are good for their price range.&nbs 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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