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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah 2014


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    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Had a glass of wine from three bottles last night a Cabernet Franc from Abeja ... ... blend from Rotie both Washington wines, and then a glass of Uccelleria Brunello with dinner,if that Coravin doesn’t work as advertised I am in deep trouble, had exciting Christmas wife back in hospital,but home now doing fine did open bottle of champagne wit... Read More

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  • Yeah, I have lost a fair bit in the markets of late, but can't really ... ... Cascades National Park in Washington State).  I think I will report on this site a bit later.  But on Big Al's sight, maybe tonight.  Wonderful stuff none of you will ever taste... unless you travel to the south Okanagan Valley.  Vogler would know.Z/ Read More

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  • Dvogler I don’t know what ferry you take but if you go to anacortes they ... they all of the hard to get Washington wines. The name of the store is Compa Read More

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  • Jack I totally agree.  My wife is from Enumclaw and although we live in ... and it's almost always Washington.  Kiona is a favourite and it averages $20.  I bought a 2013 Quilceda Creek CVR a couple years ago and still have it.  I keep asking for a Leonetti for Christmas, but my in-laws seem to be unable to get one :)&nbs Read More

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  • ZUF agree with your comparisons, last year I opened a bottle of Opus, insignia, ... of my Cabs and blends from Washington simply because of the price difference between them and Napa. I believe I can get the same quality at a better pri Read More

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  • You only lost if you sold ;)The Penfolds dinner had a capacity of ten people ... ... that LuchaVino's Washington syrah (Bunell) and my Le Vieux Pin were brought out at the end like some afterthought and everyone's palates were cooked and nobody, except Greg and some wine critic were interested.  To be fair, a Torbreck Run Rig also was opened ... Read More

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  • Columbia Crest Winery Merlot H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2015


    Modern in style. Dark fruited with a touch of sweetness. Lowish acidity with a touch of bitter tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley 2012


    Tasted Dec 2018....Been saving this one for a number of years now! Coloration is of pale gold, Champagne and hints of slate green, with super clear clarity. Aromas of mature Granny Smith apple, sweet Bartlett Pear, Gooseberry tartness, lime zest, slate rock minerals in the background and rich fungus infected grape. Flavors that follow suit, w... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Spoiled Dog Winery Pinot Noir 2015


    Spoiled Dog Winery in Langley, WA (Whidbey Island) produces PN from McMinnville OR, and the result is a lush strawberry confit and sweet cherry nose, with a deep red robe. The entry is very satisfying, with a vanilla tinged strawberry, vanilla and finish of carrot tops. This is a surprising find and worth the extra money since a Bourgogne Rouge... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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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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