The best wines of Washington

Discover the best wines of Washington as well as the best winemakers of Washington and estates of Washington to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties of Washington and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Washington by region

Looking for a good wine of Washington among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Washington. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Washington with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Washington

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Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Washington

Red wines from the region of Washington go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pasta or veal such as recipes of enchiladas franchouillards, homemade italian lasagna or veal tagine with carrots and dried apricots.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Washington

On the nose the red wine of the region of Washington. often reveals types of flavors of earth, oak or red fruit and sometimes also flavors of black fruit, non oak or microbio. In the mouth the red wine of the region of Washington. is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

The best vintages in red wine of Washington

  • 2003With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1998With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1999With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 2001With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 2004With an average score of 4.56/5
  • 2005With an average score of 4.38/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Washington

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Tempranillo
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Washington

A wine route planned in the region of Washington? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Washington.

Discovering the wine region of Washington

Washington State is located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, immediately north of Oregon. Although the history of the wine industry is relatively Short, Washington's 900-plus wineries and 350-plus independent winemakers, with more than 50,000 acres of vineyards, now produce more wine than any other state except California. Almost all wine production is in the hot, desert-like eastern Part of Washington, although there is some Grape growing and an AVA (Puget Sound) in the cooler, wetter west. White Chardonnay and Riesling grapes, and red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes are the main varieties grown in Washington, but the region produces quality wines from nearly 70 different grape varieties.

About 58% of the fruit crushed is red grapes. The Cascade mountain range defines the geography of the region by acting as a barrier between the two parts. The mountains create a rain shadow, effectively blocking most of the rainfall. This means that the Columbia River basin to the east only receives about 200 mm of rainfall per year, resulting in a continental Climate.

Great white wines of Washington

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Washington

White wines from the region of Washington go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or vegetarian such as recipes of wild boar bourguignon, quebec style barbecued salmon or magic cake cheese quiche.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Washington

On the nose the white wine of the region of Washington. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, oak or red fruit and sometimes also flavors of green herbs, watermelon or bell pepper. In the mouth the white wine of the region of Washington. is a powerful with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in white wine of Washington

  • 2020With an average score of 4.06/5
  • 2007With an average score of 3.90/5
  • 2009With an average score of 3.86/5
  • 2019With an average score of 3.86/5
  • 2014With an average score of 3.82/5
  • 2013With an average score of 3.81/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Washington

  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Marsanne

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Washington

A wine route planned in the region of Washington? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Washington.

Discover the grape variety: Chardonnay

The white Chardonnay is a grape variety that originated in France (Burgundy). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small bunches, and small grapes. White Chardonnay can be found in many vineyards: South West, Burgundy, Jura, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Savoie & Bugey, Loire Valley, Champagne, Rhone Valley, Armagnac, Lorraine, Alsace, Provence & Corsica.

Great sparkling wines of Washington

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Washington

Sparkling wines from the region of Washington go well with generally quite well with dishes of veal, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of lisbon veal sauté, pasta carbonara almost like the real thing or duck breast with honey and raspberry vinegar.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Washington

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Washington. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, non oak or orange and sometimes also flavors of nutty, honey or melon.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Washington

  • 2009With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2006With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2015With an average score of 4.15/5
  • 2012With an average score of 3.89/5
  • 2008With an average score of 3.74/5
  • 2010With an average score of 3.70/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Washington

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grenache
  • Pinot Gris

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Washington

A wine route planned in the region of Washington? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sparkling wine of Washington.

The word of the wine: Aromatic

Character of a wine that is particularly expressive and rich in aromas. Some grape varieties, such as Gewurztraminer or Muscat, produce very aromatic wines.

Great pink wines of Washington

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Washington

Pink wines from the region of Washington go well with generally quite well with dishes of rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), shellfish or mature and hard cheese such as recipes of salmon pavés en papillote, californian sushi (reverse maki) or 4 cheese fondue.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Washington

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Washington. often reveals types of flavors of non oak, earth or microbio and sometimes also flavors of vegetal, oak or tree fruit.

The best vintages in pink wine of Washington

  • 2019With an average score of 3.80/5
  • 2017With an average score of 3.66/5
  • 2018With an average score of 3.65/5
  • 2013With an average score of 3.58/5
  • 2020With an average score of 3.53/5
  • 2015With an average score of 3.50/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Washington

  • Grenache
  • Mourvedre
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Pinot Noir

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Washington

A wine route planned in the region of Washington? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of Washington.

Discover the grape variety: Cabernet franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the oldest red grape varieties in Bordeaux. The Libourne region is its terroir where it develops best. The terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Fronsac allow it to mature and develop its best range of aromas. It is also the majority in many blends. The very famous Château Cheval Blanc, for example, uses 60% Cabernet Franc. The wines produced with Cabernet Franc are medium in colour with fine tannins and subtle aromas of small red fruits and spices. When blended with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it brings complexity and a bouquet of aromas to the wine. It produces fruity wines that can be drunk quite quickly, but whose great vintages can be kept for a long time. It is an earlier grape variety than Cabernet Sauvignon, which means that it is planted as far north as the Loire Valley. In Anjou, it is also used to make sweet rosé wines. Cabernet Franc is now used in some twenty countries in Europe and throughout the world.

Great sweet wines of Washington

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Washington

Sweet wines from the region of Washington go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, shellfish or spicy food such as recipes of pumpkin and bacon pie, fried squid or fried chicken.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Washington

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Washington. often reveals types of flavors of earth, microbio or tree fruit and sometimes also flavors of citrus fruit, dried fruit or non oak. In the mouth the sweet wine of the region of Washington. is a with a good balance between acidity and sweetness.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Washington

  • 1988With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2018With an average score of 4.07/5
  • 2019With an average score of 4.06/5
  • 2014With an average score of 4.02/5
  • 2017With an average score of 4.01/5
  • 2016With an average score of 4.00/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Washington

  • Riesling
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Malbec
  • Chardonnay
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Washington

A wine route planned in the region of Washington? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of Washington.

The word of the wine: Vintage scale

Complex system of classification of the communes of Champagne according to the value of the grapes which are produced there. In other regions, hierarchical situation of the productions classified by various authorities.

Great natural sweet wines of Washington

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of Washington

Natural sweet wines from the region of Washington go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, spicy food or poultry such as recipes of lentils and morteau sausages, chicken leg with curry in the oven or bami.

Organoleptic analysis of natural-sweet wine of Washington

On the nose the natural sweet wine of the region of Washington. often reveals types of flavors of oak, non oak or earth and sometimes also flavors of microbio, spices or red fruit.

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of Washington

  • 2018With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2012With an average score of 4.15/5
  • 2016With an average score of 4.13/5
  • 2011With an average score of 4.03/5
  • 2010With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2017With an average score of 4.00/5

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of Washington

  • Touriga Nacional
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tempranillo
  • Barbera
  • Petite Sirah

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of Washington

A wine route planned in the region of Washington? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best natural-sweet wine of Washington.

Discover the grape variety: Merlot

Merlot noir is a grape variety that originated in France (Bordeaux). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small to medium sized bunches, and medium sized grapes. Merlot noir can be found in many vineyards: South West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Armagnac, Burgundy, Jura, Champagne, Rhone Valley, Beaujolais, Provence & Corsica, Savoie & Bugey.

News from the vineyard of Washington

Master Sommelier Larry Stone explains why he sold Lingua Franca to Constellation Brands

Stone will remain on board as a brand ambassador and adviser to the business he created back in 2012. The winemaking team, spearheaded by Thomas Savre and Burgundian consultant Dominique Lafon, is still in place too. ‘We’re all still there and we’re going to keep making great wine, but we will have better resources,’ Stone told Decanter.com. Stone, a Master Sommelier, purchased the 61 hectares Janzen Farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley on December 31, 2012. He had been working at Evening Land’s a ...

Auction of Washington Wines raises $4m

‘Thanks to our incredibly generous wineries, donors, and sponsors, the AWW can continue its mission to uplift the Washington wine industry and grow its efforts to support healthy communities and healthy land in Washington state’, said Jamie Peha, executive director of the Auction of Washington Wines. ‘Together with our philanthropic partners, Seattle Children’s, WSU Viticulture & Enology Research, and Industry Grant Partner Vital Wines, we ensure that our charitable efforts ...

Decanter World Wine Awards 2022: Results announced

The world’s largest and most influential wine competition, Decanter World Wine Awards results offer a definitive guide to the dynamic world of wine. Each year’s results offer surprises and revelations, highlighting growth in quality and consistency – or lack thereof. An all-time record for wines tasted, discover the results from the 19th edition of the competition. Quick links to DWWA 2022 results Search all Best in Show medals Search all Platinum medals Search all Gold medals Search ...

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