When you think of the most talked-about wine destinations, a few renowned cities like Napa, CA, Sonoma, CA or Willamette Valley, OR may instantly come to mind. But there’s another powerhouse that should be on your radar. Here’s a little crash course on why Washington is becoming the real deal in the world’s wine scene.
- Business is Boomin’
In 1981, there were only 19 wineries in Washington, but today, there are currently 900 and counting! Thanks to this massive growth spurt, Washington has become the second largest premium wine producer in the United States, second only to California. In fact, over the last decade, the number of regional wineries has increased by over 400%. Add to that, the Washington State Wine Commission estimates that a new winery opens in Washington almost every 30 days.
- It’s Quality, Not Just Quantity
Quantity isn’t even the best part about Washington’s blossoming wine scene. Over the past seven years, nearly half of Washington state wines reviewed by Wine Spectator have received scores of 90+ points or higher. That means it’s some really good stuff. In fact, K Vintners’ 2014 Walla Walla Valley Powerline was rated #2 in Wine Spectator’s top 100 list.
- Whatever Your Varietal, Washington Likely Has It
Washington state is home to 14 wine growing regions that have produced more than 70 grape varieties. Add to that, it’s pretty evenly mixed between reds and whites. Some top varietals for red wine include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. For those that are keen on white wine, the state’s finest varietals include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, local wine purveyor Chateau Ste. Michelle is actually the leading producer of Riesling in all of North America.
- The Quality of Wine is Only Going to Get Better with Time.
As grape vines age over time, more energy comes from the early years’ establishment of stronger roots, and foliage to the grapes. Some of Washington’s oldest vines are nearing 40 years old, and as the saying goes in the wine world, things will only get better with age.
- Appreciation for Washington Wine is a Year-round Occasion.
Wine events are scheduled throughout all 12 months of the year. Big events obviously include Taste Washington (March), Spring Barrel Tasting (April-May), Washington State Wine Month (August), crush (October), and fall barrel tasting (November). And if the wine events aren’t enough, there are wine tastings happening in Woodinville, Washington year round as well.
- Home to the Nation’s Largest Single-region Wine and Food Event
While wine events can be found around the country, none offer as many wines from one single region as Taste Washington. Now in its 21st year, Taste Washington will celebrate the vast array of wines that can be found from right here in one state. Add to that, the event is growing and improving every year. Since its inception, we’ve added a Sunday Brunch, farm excursions and tours of Pike Place Market to our event offerings.
The 21st Anniversary of Taste Washington is your best chance to experience first-hand why Washington is the next name to be reckoned with in the world of wine. Don’t miss your chance to smell, taste and learn more about some of the most talked-about Washington wines from March 22-25 at Taste Washington.