Washington Wine Tasting Deals
Set just off the Pacific, east of the Cascade mountains, Washington state somewhat ‘hides out’ tucked away neatly in North Western America. It borders Oregon but their climates are very different-influenced by what side of the mountains vineyards lie. Washington state is on the leeward east, meaning it receives considerably less rainfall making irrigation necessary. A blessing for the winemakers.
The best places for wine tasting in Washington State
Did you know; If you took an average of the highest rated wines of all time from all the wine regions in the world, including European heavyweights like France. Washington state, despite its relatively short time making wine, would come up top with about 40% with the most top-rated wines-90+ points.
Most of Washingtons AVAs (American Viticultural Area) are within the Columbia Valley AVA; Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope. Others are the Columbia Gorge that separates Washington state from Oregon.Spokane, Greater Puget Sound (famous for aromatic Riesling and Gerwüztraminer) and the Lake Chelan(pictured).
Horse Heaven Hills. Famous for world class Cabernet Sauvignon. This AVA supplies most of Washington’s wineries with grapes and is most proud of producing five 100 point wines.
Wala Wala valley buzzes with fantastic restaurants, hotels and even better 100 excellent wineries. This scenic region is also home to L’Ecole No 41, a school house turned fine wine producer that is a must visit.