Washington represents one of the best quality to price areas of the world right now with styles ranging from Right Bank Bordeaux to Mosel River Germany QBA and Kabinett level Reislings. Most of these wines you will find 30 to 40% less expensive than French and German areas with similar styles and quality.

Washington state wineries have exploded in number. There are now over 600 wineries in Washington, and many of them are stars. Washington wineries are focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, blends, and Reislings.

Premium Houses

Owen Roe, Betz, North Star, Buty, Cadence, Feather, NxNW and Gorman

Quality Houses that won't Break the Bank

Columbia Crest, Chateau St. Michelle

Areas of High Quality

Horse Heaven Hills, Indian Wells, Red Mountain

Red Wines Worth the Search, $15 to $30

Hedges Red Mountain Blend 2006/2007

Owen Roe Abbott's Table 2008

Tamarack Merlot 2006

Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2007

Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

NxNW Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Buty "Beast" Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

White Wines Worth the Search, $12 to $24

Chateau St. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Eroica 2008

Poets Leap Reising

Chateau St. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc

Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Riesling

Genesis Riesling

Columbia Riesling or Gewurtztraminer

Washington Wine Resources

The Washington Wine Commission is Washington state's government agency that represents wineries and growers. It features news, links to wine events, and information about the wineries and vineyards in the state, as well as having tourism information.

The Wine Advocate issue from October 2009 featured Washington Wineries: Consistent Quality, New Stars (subscriber only). They called out many of our favorites, including Cadence and Gorman. 

Wikipedia's entry on Washington wines is an excellent resource, with great sections on climate, viticulture and irrwww.thewinehousenewyork.com role in Washington state.