Washington Wine

Washington wine is wine produced from grape varieties grown in the U.S. state of Washington. Washington ranks second in the United States in the production of wine, behind only California. By 2011, the state had over 43,000 acres (170 km2) of vineyards, a harvest of 142,000 short tons (129,000 t) of grapes, and exports going to over 40 countries around the world from the 740+ wineries located in the state. While there are some viticultural activities in the cooler, wetter western half of the state, the majority (99.9%) of wine grape production takes place in the shrub-steppe eastern half.
Posts about Washington Wine
    • Washington, Oregon wines shine in big California judging

      Mike Dunne, wine columnist for The Sacramento Bee, evaluates wines during Friday’s sweepstakes round at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in Cloverdale, Calif. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CLOVERDALE, Calif. – Nine wines from Washington and Oregon earned best-of-class distinction at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is the largest j ...

      Great Northwest Winein Cabernet Franc- 9 readers -
    • Chelan’s Hard Row to Hoe makes wine fun, easy

      The Hard Row to Hoe tasting room on the north shore of Lake Chelan is inspired by brothels that occupied the region more than 75 years ago. (Photo courtesy of Hard Row to Hoe) MANSON, Wash. – After “location,” perhaps the most important aspect of a successful business is name recognition. That’s something that Judy and Don Phelps didn’t have when they launched their winery o ...

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    • Washington continues to attract California winemaking stars

      Force Majeure has completed construction on its new winemaking facility, brought on California winemaker Todd Alexander and hired star Napa Valley consultant Helen Keplinger. (Photo courtesy of Force Majeure) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – America’s most famous – and most important – wine region is pretty full. And that is pushing winemakers into new frontiers, including Washington.

      Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine- 2 readers -
  • Washington and New England Drink Picks for Super Bowl XLIX

    … categories for drinking as well: wine, beer, and spirits. How does each city rank in those three categories? Let’s take a look! photo by pixelant WINE Seattle: Washington is the third largest wine producing state in the country. Woodinville, about twenty miles north of the city, is home to two of the state’s largest wineries. Chateau Ste. Michelle…

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  • Talking wine, football with Walla Walla’s Drew Bledsoe

    … Hall Photography, Courtesy of Figgins Family Wine Estates) Bledsoe was born in the Central Washington town of Ellensburg and grew up in Walla Walla. The valley’s wine industry was in its infancy back then, with only a half-dozen wineries in operation. One of them was Leonetti Cellar, run by the Figgins family. They were not only neighbors, but also…

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  • Walla Walla Valley wine industry to celebrate Merlot with stars

    … on June 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy of L’Ecole No. 41) On Friday, June 19, Washington wine writer Sean Sullivan will moderate an afternoon panel discussion of six winemakers — three from the Walla Walla Valley and three from outside the Northwest. Tickets to the panel include a technical tasting at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The participating winemakers…

    Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine- 7 readers -
  • Washington winemakers plan for Super weekend

    … Bob Bertheau, head winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle, will be attending his second consecutive Super Bowl when he heads to Arizona this weekend. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) GLENDALE, Ariz. – When the Seattle Seahawks went to the Super Bowl a year ago in New Jersey, at least three Washington winemakers went and watched them win…

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  • January Bubbles Challenge – Sparkling Wine from the Pacific Northwest

    … January Bubbles Challenge Sparkling Wine from the Pacific Northwest by Mary on January 26, 2015 Remember my New Years challenge for you? Drink more sparkling wine! The first monthly challenge is here, and its about a subject near and dear to my heart (and backyard) sparkling wine from the Pacific Northwest. Since moving back to Oregon last…

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  • Walla Walla: February is for Foodies

    … the bountiful joys of food. Throughout the month of February, the legendary Marcus Whitman Hotel welcomes guests and visitors to the property with enticing room rates, romance packages and special menus not to be missed. Each Saturday in February, the public is invited to discover their inner chef by partaking in gourmet cooking classes led…

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  • Yakima Valley wineries embrace new Secret Crush tasting

    … The Sauer family pays tribute to the late Monsignor Mulcahy with their hilltop chapel built from stones taken from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. The chapel was completed in 1997. (Photo by Bob Marple, Jr.) YAKIMA, Wash. — Consumers may not realize the Yakima Valley produces many of the state’s top wines, so some of those vintners…

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  • Looking Forward to Taste Washington!

    …. Panelists: The Chardonnay Revival $48 From Burgundy to California, and from Washington to Australia, chardonnay continues to capture the world’s attention. And with several new chardonnay-dedicated projects and an increasing number of winemakers focusing on the grape, Washington is firing on all cylinders and the state is in the midst of a glorious…

    MyWinePalin Syrah Chardonnay- 6 readers -
  • Go Hawks and Go Quarry Butte

    … Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and their NFC Championship win – wow, what a nail biter. And three cheers to Quarry Butte from Alexandria Nicole Cellars, which was our drink of choice during the Hawks’ playoff games to the Super Bowl in 2014, and through their run to the Super Bowl this season. During Sunday’s intense game against…

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle kicks off Sessions concerts

    … Chateau Ste. Michelle will once again put the spotlight on local musicians during its second annual Sessions concert series. (Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle). WOODINVILLE, Wash. – For the second straight year, Chateau Ste. Michelle is bringing its popular concert series inside for the winter months. Beginning this weekend, the Sessions…

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  • Mid-Columbia Wine Tourism Council celebrates MLK Weekend

    … charge for those bags. We just ask for donations, and we’re able to give a few hundred dollars every year to POPP just for that,” Oates continued. “How many planters does the world need anyway?” At Goose Ridge, the beneficiary will be Camp Patriot. Across Interstate 82 on Red Mountain, Hamilton Cellars supports Washington State University’s Wine…

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  • Women Stars of Food and Wine returns to Seattle

    … with the Women’s Funding Alliance, which helps better the lives of women and girls around Washington state — an absolute perfect pairing. It’s an opportunity to come out and enjoy some amazing food and wine, and support women.” Last year, a Sunday morning snowstorm didn’t put a major damper on the debut of Women Stars of Food and Wine in Seattle…

    Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Winein Merlot- 4 readers -
  • Around the World in 48 Sips!

    … Join us in 2015 as we embark on a virtual wine tour around the world. Each month, we will host an education class, focusing on different wine regions around the world. We are kicking off our ‘Passport Series’ with a Chilean Wine Education class. During each class we will discuss the wine history of the region, the wine regions within that area…

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  • Plans for 2015

    …, such as Oregon, will continue to be reviewed here using the star rating system I have used previously. Wine Enthusiast reviews will, of course, use the 100-point system. 5. ‘Northwest Wines of the Week’ post I will be writing a new, regular column titled ‘Northwest Wines of the Week’. This will be a listing of wines from recent tastings that have…

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