Why You Should Follow Washington State Wines

By John ~ April 3rd, 2009.

Washington State - The Perfect Climate for WineThis weekend, April 4th and 5th, is Taste Washington in Seattle, featuring over 200 wineries, 60 restaurants, and a day of seminars for wine and food lovers. In fact, fellow wine blogger Alder Yarrow of Vinography is leading one of the seminar panels tomorrow. If you are located in the Seattle area and haven’t yet made your weekend plans, you ought to try Taste Washington.

Most of you are not located in Seattle, though, so I realize that attending this event is not practical. However, you should still follow Washington wines for a variety of important reasons:

  1. Washington State is #2 in wine production in the United States, behind only California.
  2. Washington now has over 600 wineries, 602 to be exact as of the latest count.
  3. Unlike California, Washington State is a likely beneficiary of global warming, as the areas suitable for grape growing move northward.
  4. 20090403_redwillowThe wine country of eastern Washington has the perfect conditions for grape growing—plenty of sun and an abundance of water from the Columbia River.
  5. As you can see from our posts on Washington wines, Washington is producing outstanding wines that deliver the most bang for your buck [high QPRs].
  6. Washington has had a string of excellent vintages since 1999, and the 2007 vintage, which is beginning to be released this year, may be its best ever!

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that if you don’t already follow Washington wines, you should start now. They are world class and getting better every year. Best of all, we have found that Washington wines are easier on the pocketbook than most comparable wines from other regions.

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Reader's Comments

  1. Brian White | April 7th, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Excellent post! It was nice meeting you John, Colby, and Kori at the Adams Bench table @ Taste Washington! Hope you guys had as much fun as we all did!

  2. John | April 7th, 2009 at 7:40 am

    What a nice coincidence it was to meet you Saturday at Taste Washington. It’s a great event, isn’t it. Thanks for being a loyal reader. Kori will be posting a complete recap of all the wines we tasted tomorrow. Tell us how our favorites compare with yours.