Washington

Washington’s wine making history began in 1825 in Fort Vancouver, by the early 1900s there were grapes being grown all over the state. Immigrants from France, Italy, and Germany pioneered the very first vineyards. The interest in the region grew despite Prohibition, and by 1938 there were 42 wineries located throughout the state. Recently the growth and fame of Washington State has been expanding rapidly. There are now over 650 wineries in the state, and the wine business in Washington generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. Washington State wine is now available in all the US states and is exported to almost 50 countries worldwide.

There are currently 11 AVAs in Washington: Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Puget Sound, Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Gorge, Rattlesnake Hills, Snipes Mountain, and Lake Chelan. Three of these have boundaries which overlap into Oregon.

The regions planted have the ideal landscape and weather conditions for growing quality wine grapes. Phylloxera has not managed a foot hold in the state, and therefore most of the vines are planted on their own rootstocks; this leads to healthier plants and more consistent quality. The grapes themselves are also an ever expanding paint-box of flavors, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Merlot make up the standard assortment of popular varieties; but Washington is home to innovative growers who successfully produce Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, and Nebbiolo among others.

Columbia Valley

The Columbia Valley AVA is Washington's largest viticultural region covering just over 1/3 of the land mass of Washington state. Within the Columbia Valley AVA lie all of the AVAs of Washington except the Puget Sound AVA and part of the Columbia Gorge AVA. Many different micro-climates are found within this larger region and these influence quite heavily the Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Chardonnay grown here. The arid soils, warm days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for fruit forward balanced wines.

Walla Walla

The Walla Walla Valley wine region is the most remote of all Washington State wine regions, located far to the East on the Oregon border. Grapes were first planted here in the mid 1800s by Italian immigrants; nowadays almost 100 wineries are located in this region. This moderate isolation helps to create a unique style and camaraderie among the Walla Walla vintners. The barren Loess based soils and longer growing season help create an individual signature to wines from Walla Walla: Known for top quality Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with rich earthy tones, solid tannins and excellent acidity.

Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley was established in 1983 making it the first AVA to be recognized in Washington State. Over one third of all of Washington's vineyards are located within Yakima Valley AVA making it the backbone of wine production here. The Yakima Valley is home to many of the famous vineyards in Washington including DuBrul, Boushey, and Red Willow. The wide variety of slopes and elevations available provide an excellent growing climate for an array of delicious wines.

Washington Wine Producers

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Producer
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About the producer
Walla WallaArray CellarsUnder the guidance of Brian Carter and Robert Takahashi, Array Cellars has been focusing on producing the best Chardonnay that Washington has to offer. The awards they have been winning have shown that they are truly committed to the standard of excellence that comes from their relentless passion about Washington Chardonnay.

For additional information, please see: arraycellars.com
Walla WallaBarons WineryBarons Winery is committed to the classic red and white grape varietals of Bordeaux, and strives to show how the Washington terrior can produce wonderful versions of these varietals. Their winemaker Matthew Loso, works with the top cooperages in Bordeaux, and each barrel is made specifically for Barons, with their choice of wood, grain and toast level to craft wines with balance, ample acidity to age gracefully, and that have a fine polish.

For additional information, please see: baronsv.com
Walla WallaBeresan WineryWelcome to Beresan, the newest addition to Vinum's portfolio! Beresan has 27 acres of estate vineyards in Walla Walla, which are carefully managed to produce the best fruit possible. Winemaker Tom Glase turns this fruit into high-quality, award-winning wine.
For additional information, please see: Beresan's website
Columbia ValleyBrian Carter CellarsBrian Carter Cellars is the first Washington winery to focus on European-style blended wines. Veteran winemaker Brian Carter has been crafting wines in Washington state for over 30 years, and started making wines under his own label in 1997. “A passion for the art of blending” is Brian’s motto, and his collection of artisan wines pay homage to various wine regions in Europe (Bordeaux, Tuscany, etc.) while showcasing Washington’s unique terroir. For more information about the wines, including tasting notes, please see www.briancartercellars.com
Columbia ValleyChatter Creek WineryChatter Creek winery was founded in 1996 by Gordon Rawson whose vision was to make world-class wines that showcase the unique and varied terroir of Washington State.

Gordon started making wine as a hobbyist over twenty years ago while he was working for a fine wine distributor in the Seattle area. In 1987, he parlayed his enthusiasm for winemaking into a job at Columbia Winery where he had the opportunity to work with Master of Wine, David Lake. David’s style of management was to have his staff involved in all aspects of the winemaking process that allowed Gordon to both observe and participate in the artistic side of winemaking.

After working for Columbia Winery as Cellarmaster for nearly a decade, Gordon opened Chatter Creek to produce top-quality sparkling wines. In 1998, he broadened the focus of Chatter Creek to include still wines. Early in 2000, he departed Columbia Winery to focus solely on Chatter Creek.

Chatter Creek specializes in hand-crafted varietal wines that emphasize the diverse terroir of Washington State. Production is styled after class European wines, focused on the Rhone and Bordeaux varietals.
Along with being a winemaker, Gordon also is extremely aware and involved in vineyard terrior. Washington has many unique viticultural areas, including well-known appellations such as Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, and Columbia Valley, as well as many emerging areas. Rawson carefully selects fruit from different areas in order to take advantage of the terroir differences that are reflected in the grapes and the finished product.

Chatter Creek red wines are small lot products from vineyards where Gordon works hand-in-hand with the growers to obtain the best possible fruit. The fruit is gently handled, and fermented in small one-ton fermenters. Chatter Creek wines are aged in seasoned barrels so as to not overwhelm the subtle nuances of the terroir. Gentle technique in the cellar produces elegant wines that are balanced, with classic old world style, and containing new world fruit and finesse.

For more information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.chattercreek.com
Columbia ValleyCOR CellarsCOR Cellars is the next generation of Washington wine. Their philosophy is to blend old school traditions with new school style. COR Cellars produces approachable wines of great character and distinction from Washington State’s finest vineyards.

COR cellars was started in 2005 by Luke Bradford. After working in the Val D’Orcia in southern Tuscany for Tenuta di Trinoro and then on Mt Etna in Sicily for Passopisciaro from 2000-2002, Luke returned to Washington and went to work as assistant winemaker for Wind River Cellars and then Syncline Wine Cellars in the Columbia River Gorge.

Seeing the enormous potential in Washington fruit, Luke embarked on his own and planted vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot) in the Horse Heaven Hills, and the Columbia Gorge (Riesling) while setting up contracts to buy fruit from growers who he had worked with for these years at Syncline (Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Malbec from Horse Heaven Hills, Sauvignon Blanc from the Wahluke Slope, and Pinot Gris/Gewurztraminer/Riesling from the Columbia Gorge.)

Moving into a renovated facility in Lyle, WA in 2006, COR Cellars now makes five wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Momentum (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec), Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Alba Cor (Pinot Gris/Gewurztraminer.)

For more information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.corcellars.com
Columbia ValleyDomaine PouillonDomaine Pouillon is an independent, family-owned and operated winery located in the Columbia River Gorge. Using biodynamic and minimal winemaking techniques, such as not using artificial stabilizing, clarifying, chaptalizing, or acidification, their wines are extremely approachable, enjoyable and represent the terroirs on which they grow. SOLD BY VINUM IN WASHINGTON ONLY.

For winery and vineyard information, plus tasting notes and accolades for specific bottlings, please see:domainepouillon.com
Columbia ValleyEfesteEfeste, pronounced “F-S-T”, represents owners Daniel & Helen Ferrelli, Patrick Smith and Kevin & Angela Taylor. Efeste’s roots start literally in some of the best vineyards in the world. Together with winemaker Brennon Leighton and consultants Chris Upchurch & Jay Soloff of DeLille Cellars, they embrace the idea of marrying old world techniques with new world fruit; producing earthy yet elegant wines highlighted with robust fruit.
SOLD BY VINUM IN OREGON & WASHINGTON STATE EXCEPT KING COUNTY For winery and vineyard information, plus tasting notes and accolades for specific bottlings, please see:www.efeste.com

Columbia ValleyFor A SongFor a Song wines are brought to you by people who are deeply committed to bringing you the best everyday wine from the heart of the Pacific NW. Our fruit is selected from sites throughout Washington and Oregon by folks who truly understand and appreciate the terroir of the region. This careful consideration resonates through every glass you'll enjoy of these delicious wines. Along with our passion for great wine, we're also people who love to slow down and listen to the music, and we hope these wine inspire you to do the same.

Winemaker Kyle Johnson has 10 years of viticulture and winemaking experience in Washington State.Upon Completion of his degree in Viticulture at Washington State University, Kyle joined the viticulture team at Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2000.
Continuing extensive training and winemaking courses at UC Davis qualified Kyle to become a winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle at their Canoe Ridge Winery in 2002.
In 2006, he was hired by Olsen Estates to create their first vintage, and he received critical acclaim for the wines from the beginning, starting with the 2006 vintage.

As Winemaker with the For A Song Wines “grower” project, Kyle’s varietal blends are grown from some of Washington State's finest appellations including Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley and Snipes Mountain. With grapes handpicked at their optimal flavor profile and juice fermented at cooler temperatures for longer periods, the wines exhibit softer tannins and retain more varietal character.

Following his passion, Kyle also produces wine for his own new venture, Purple Star Wines, which he owns with his wife, Amy.

For winery, tasting & technical notes, vineyard and award information please see:
For A Song
Yakima ValleyHyatt VineyardsEvolving from a modest Estate vineyard surrounding the winery, Hyatt Vineyards has grown to 180 acres in four separate sites all within 3 miles of the original plantings. Each of the four different vineyards, Cherry Hill, Three Rocks, Roza Ridge and the original Estate Vineyard display significantly distinct soils, elevation and exposure. From the winery’s first release in 1987, awards, medals and very favorable press have followed consistently year after year.

For winery, tasting & technical notes, vineyard and award information please see: www.hyattvineyards.net
Columbia ValleyLauren Ashton CellarsStarting in 2009, Lauren Ashton Cellars began creating exceptional, food-friendly fine wines meticulously hand-crafted in a purist French Style.

Their portfolio of limited-production wines are as distinctive as they are delicious and celebrate the fruit and uniqueness of Washington’s terroir. The artisanal wines are presented in three distinct tiers: Red Blends, White Blends and Varietals. Each lot is crushed, fermented, and aged separately through the final blending stage to achieve complexity and honest character that is true to the vineyards.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.laurenashtoncellars.com
Yakima ValleyMaison BleueMaison Bleue winery is located in Prosser, the heart of the Yakima Valley. Using grapes grown throughout Yakima Valley, Maison Bleue is able to produce ultra-premium wines from these designated vineyards and also other appellations located across Washington State. The winery's emphasis is on Rhône cultivars such as Grenache, Syrah, Roussanne and Viognier. Winemaker Jon Meuret is a perfectionist and it shows; we firmly believe these are among the finest Rhône varietal wines produced in the United States.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.mbwinery.com
Columbia ValleyMcKinley Springs Winery Over 60 years ago Louise and Bob Andrews began farming the land her parents had acquired after World War II. They planted grapes in 1980, and soon after developed an award-winning reputation for the vineyard’s wines. In 1986, three of their children, Rob, Sandy and Scott, and their spouses, founded Andrews and Rowell with the mission of continuing the family farming tradition. They established McKinley Springs Winery in 2002 with a goal of producing balanced, flavorful wines offering excellent value. Today, four members of the fourth generation are also involved in the family business.

McKinley Springs grows over 20 varietals on its 2000 acre estate vineyard in the southern part of Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. The region’s arid climate, high winds and low density vineyards provide ideal growing conditions. The family’s dedication to quality remains, evidenced by investment in vineyard technology. For example, shoot length indicators and water monitoring sites are implanted in all 200 blocks to help determine ideal watering times.

Rob Andrews, Grower, tends to the vineyards and Doug Rowell, Winemaker, oversees production. Together they make 10 wines, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chenin Blanc. McKinley Springs also supplies 25 noted area wineries with grapes, including Andrew Rich, Northstar, Syncline, Hogue and Columbia Crest. Visitors to the winery may walk its pristine vineyards and sample wines in the tasting room, located in a two-story post and beam building.

McKinley Springs Winery is committed to crafting wines of exceptional balance, flavor and value. The estate wines come from the 2000 acre vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills, an area acclaimed for its fine wines and unique location. The Horse Heaven Hills is bordered in the north by the Yakima hill, to the south by the Columbia River, and surrounded by the larger Columbia Valley appellation. The winds from the Columbia River protect against vine diseases and provide a cooling effect that concentrates fruit flavors, while the south facing slopes provide optimum growing conditions.

Since McKinley Springs Winery owns the vineyards, it gives them more quality control over the growing and production aspects of the business. They have over 200 different blocks of vineyards, the majority of which are on south-facing slopes ranging from 800 to 1200 feet. The soils are silt loam with a deep layer of broken basalt which controls water by absorbing excess moisture. There is granite rock throughout due to the Missoula glacial floods, which washed in rock from Montana during the last ice age.

For more information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.mckinleysprings.com
Columbia ValleyProletariat Wine CompanyProletariat's goal is to bring high quality, otherwise expensively priced wines to restaurant diners at extremely reasonable prices. They have achieved this by creating one of the premier names when it comes to Washington's kegged wine. This not only means no waste and less spoilage, but that there is less of a toll taken on the environment as well.


For winery & vineyard information, please see:
proletariatwines.com
Columbia ValleyPurple Star WineryPurple Star winery was founded in 2008 by winemaker Kyle Johnson and his wife Amy with the philosophy that wine should be accessible, approachable, and affordable. But most of all, a belief that a wine's purpose is to bring together family and friends!

With 10 years of viticulture and winemaking experience in Washington State, Kyle knows a thing or two about making wine. For starters, Purple Star's varietal blends are grown from some of Washington State's finest appellations including Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and Red Mountain. With grapes handpicked at their optimal flavor profile and juice fermented at cooler temperatures for longer periods, the wines exhibit softer tannins and retain more varietal character.

Kyle and Amy donate 15% of Purple Star Wines' proceeds to Seattle Children's Hospital to benefit uncompensated care - a gesture they hope will lighten the financial burden of families overwhelmed by the expenses associated with critical medical care.

The current release is the 2008 Columbia Valley Syrah. This wine is a robust expression of black raspberry, cherry, white pepper and fine grained tannins. Making this wine a perfect companion to grilled pork, lamb, or chicken. The 2008 Syrah is a blend of: 50% Wahluke Slope Syrah 50% Yakima Valley Syrah. Barrel Aged for 14 months in 40% new French and American barrels

For winery & vineyard information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.purplestarwines.com
Columbia ValleySparkman CellarsChris Sparkman is the GM of the Waterfront Seafood Grill in Seattle. It was a dinner with K Vintners founder Charles Smith which turned his interest to running a winery. Founded in 2004 by the Sparkman Family, Sparkman Cellars has leapt onto the wine scene and is honored to be partnered with some of the best vineyards in Washington State including Hedges, Klipsun, Boushey and DuBrul. Recent accolades have been excellent the April 2008 Wine Enthusiast gave the 2006 Lumière Chardonnay 91 points and the 2005 Ruby Leigh Red Wine 90 points. This national recognition for such a young winery is a remarkable beginning for this prodigious winery.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.sparkmancellars.com
Walla WallaTempus Cellars
Tempus Cellars is a family owned boutique winery located in Walla Walla, WA. Tempus created its first vintage in 2009. With almost a decade worth of winemaking experience paired up with being a Seattle native, Joe Forest strives to create elegant, finesse driven wines that truly represent the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley.

For winery information, plus tasting & technical notes and accolades, please see:
www.tempuscellars.com