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The Columbia Valley AVA straddles both Washington and Oregon, though the majority of its wineries are on the Washington side. This vast region is home to most of the state’s prestigious subregions.
The valley benefits from a natural rain shadow from the Cascade Mountains, which limits precipitation. It is located at 46 to 47 degrees latitude - the same as Bordeaux and Burgundy - with two hour’s more of sunlight than California. These long, hot days in summer followed by cool nights ensure a long growing season and peak phenol balance in the grapes grown here. Many of the vineyards are situated on the Columbia River and its tributaries, though many require some additional irrigation due to the dry conditions. Evenings can get quite cold and air turbines are used throughout the valley to guard against frost. But the frost has other benefits as this, along with its sandy soil, repels Phylloxera. This means that the vines grown in Columbia Valley are all “pure bred&rdquo Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Northstar Winery

    Combining the art of old world wine-making with new world innovation to create Merlots that can b...

  • Couvillion

    We're a small-production artisan winery. Our cabernet grapes come from the prestigious Sagemoor V...

  • Gibbons Lane Vineyard

    Donedei records stunning scores from Wine Enthusiast: 2004 Merlot (91 Points), 2004 Cabernet Sauv...

  • Gordon Brothers

    In 1980, Jeff Gordon, along with his wife, Vicki and brother Bill decided to plant wine grapes on...

  • Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard

    Our estate vineyard is located in Washington State's preeminent wine region, the Columbia Valley....

  • Snoqualmie Vineyards

    Welcome to Snoqualmie, one of Washington's first premium wineries. Snoqualmie has been produci...

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  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Naked Chardonnay 2013


    Steely, light peach and green apple notes on the nose. Clean melon and red apple on the palate, medium bodied and quite direct, with very minimal vanilla notes.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2013


    Considering the high regard for this wine and vintage by "professional" tasters, I expected a little more. Colour is an inviting green - very Chablis-like - with a bouquet dominated by vanilla, spice and oak with apple pie in the background. Entry is warm and slightly harsh due to oak-forward and fruit-overwhelmed taste. Finish is medium and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Waters Winery Syrah Columbia Valley 2006


    This wine had been in my "cellar" for maybe five+ years. It did not help IMO in any way. That said, it was a delightful Syrah. Washington state (is the opposite of California) because it consistently produces wine of great value. Adding Waters Winery to my list of wines to look to purchase. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Township 7 Merlot 2012


    This Merlot sourced from the Okanagan but marketed at the Langley BC Vineyard and Tasting facility (Fraser Valley) is a consistently decent red: there are black cherry and chocolate notes on the nose with rich, smooth cherry vanilla flavours on the palate. Tastes like a decent Bordeaux Superieur just up from the Palus. This is the best quality ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • G3 By Goose Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Uisce

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by lukejo

  • Cbs Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2013


    This edition of the CBS Chardonnay from Church & State has some apple, molten sugar, lignin elements and vanilla spice poking through on the nose. On entry, there is a fairly hefty dose of wood (partially barrel fermented, I think, in French Oak) which seems to overpower the gentle Okanagan fruit just a tad. Toasty tannins might be dialed back... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Viognier 2014


    Another great wine from the CBS label at Church & State, this Viognier is redolent of tropical fruit and Arabian spices on the nose while filled with hop-like warmth and viscous, semi-sweet Valencia Orange and tropical honey on the palate. Rich and open (almost Australian), this will please many and should be good with San Francisco-style Chines... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2014


    The flagship white from BM falls once again into a category of excellence: there is fresh, snappy apple and pear on the nose with a hint of vanilla. The entry is fresh, with vanilla-apple-spice mid-palate with a balance that suggests a hint of acidity and steel in otherwise heavenly spring water. With a medium finish, and thirst-quenching attr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Fausse Piste Syrah 2013


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    Wine review by jillpickle

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