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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Thurston Wolfe

    Dr. Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream pr...

  • A Maurice Cellars

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

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

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

  • The Hiney Winery

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

  • Five Star Cellars

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

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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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  • Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    The Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a lighter mood for this powerful grape, with decent colour in the glass, but noticeably lighter than editions California. The nose is pretty, with a bright, clean vanilla and blackberry scent. Similar in style to BC Cabs at this point, with a slightly green, vegetative tinge to the entry, but clean an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Long Shadows Wineries Cabernet Sauvignon Feather 2009

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    Quite dark color. Some vanilla oak on the nose, Dark berries on the tip of the tongue--blackberry and blueberry. Then, I get the brutishness of this wine. This is a big, mouth-filling wine with a lot of unresolved tannin. If you have this, you can leave it sideways for quite a while longer. I like it now, but I think it will get better, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Citadel Landing Cellars Syrah 2016

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    This wine is from private stock produced in Langley BC Canada employing grapes ... ... Slope, Grant County AVA, Washington State.The opaque, almost midnight black wine has rich plum and cola notes on the nose which invites comparison with a CdR Village wine, but with predominantly Syrah in the melange. Sweet plum and cola on the palate with a ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Pinot Gris 2017

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    A hosting gift from the Leathead's for Powers, 50th party. I really thought it was equivalent to a Pinot Grigio from Northern Italy. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Bore us, Mark.  It really isn't boring.  And I agree, although eastern Washington State is a political desert as well as a geological one, the people really are the salt of the earth.Z. Read More

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  • Canoe Ridge Merlot 2003

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    Part of a stash from an estate sale. Storage was somewhat sketchy, but not bad. For $5 a pretty good score. Good ruby color. A little "funk" on the nose. Red cherry on the tip of the tongue, No tannin or acid to speak of. Bit of "funk," again, on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • BTW, those wines are also worth comparing to certain French wines depending on ... ... Syrah).  Other than Washington, Idaho, Ontario, up-state New York and other similar locations, comparisons with US wine does not seem to work well (heat unit issue, mostly).I'd be interested in a review of these wines mentioned above as well. 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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