- Cooler temperatures put brakes on Washington’s 2016 vintagePosted 16 hours ago
- Vancouver International Wine Festival to feature record number from CanadaPosted 1 day ago
- Walla Walla’s Jeff Popick retires this week from viticulture programPosted 2 days ago
- Wahluke Slope is backbone of Washington wine industryPosted 4 days ago
- Portland winery TeSóAria offers vegan wine brunchPosted 5 days ago
- Research focus paying off for Washington wine industryPosted 6 days ago
- Mike Januik enjoys success, accolades from long winemaking careerPosted 7 days ago
- Abacela hires educator Chris Lake as vineyard managerPosted 1 week ago
- Idaho wine industry states its case for RieslingPosted 1 week ago
- Scenes from Sunday’s Riesling RendezvousPosted 1 week ago
Superb Washington Syrahs
Despite the woes of Syrah from other regions in the wine world – particularly California and Australia – Washington Syrah continues to hum along quite nicely.
Last fall, Washington winemakers crushed more than 15,000 tons of Syrah, the most in state history. That makes Syrah the No. 3 red grape and No. 5 overall.
The first Washington Syrah was planted in the mid-1980s by Mike Sauer of Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. He collaborated with David Lake, longtime winemaker for Columbia Winery.
While a lot of Washington Syrah is finding its way into red blends, there are at least a couple hundred varietal Syrahs being made in Washington. Here are a dozen we’ve tasted in recent weeks.