Washington State is the second leading winemaking state (behind California) with over 43,000 acres and more than 850 wineries.
There are several wine regions in Washington State but most are located on the western side of the state where it is warmer and drier. The regions include the Columbia Valley, which is the largest, the Ancient Lakes, the Walla Walla Valley, and the Yakima Valley, among others.
Since the climate is warm and dry, Washington wines are often described as having crisp acidity and bright fruit flavours. The wines that are produced range to most varietals and often are grown to suit the popular wines of the time. For instance, Chardonnay and Riesling were the most popular white wines in the 70’s and 80’s, followed by the “Merlot Craze” of the 90’s. Now Washington is leaning toward the Cabernet Sauvignon grape varietal and it is thriving.
Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals that are being blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, are now the most famous being grown in Washington. They are quite high in alcohol content (sometimes higher than 15%), high acidity, bright fruit flavours and are full bodied.
The white wine varietals are equally luscious. Most wineries produce a blend of whites in order to achieve a fuller body and more complex taste. The results of such blending have been fantastic and are now just as famous worldwide as their Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Home Vintner’s newest wine offerings to arrive from this region are World Vineyard and called “The Candidate.”
The red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, which was brought over by Italians over 50 years ago. It is a dry wine with a medium body and 13% alcohol.
The white wine is a dry blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Viognier. It is a perfect example of the blending techniques of the delicious Washington State wines.
The Candidate(s) will be arriving soon at the Home Vintner for a limited time only. We invite you to visit your favourite Home Vintner location for these kits so that you can make it for yourself, and taste the best that Washington State has to offer!