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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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Varietals Produced in Columbia Valley View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard

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

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle

      You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chate...

  • Hogue Cellars

    THE HOGUE CELLARS™, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Co...

  • Gibbons Lane Vineyard

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

  • Cascade Cliffs Estate

    Offering primarily red wines, Cascade Cliffs offers Bordeaux wines originally grown in the south ...

  • DiStefano Winery

    The DiStefano Winery is a part of a group of wineries located in the Woodinville valley producing...

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  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe wild berries, blackberry, marionberry and raspberry intermingled with some earthy notes of leather and a hint of baking spice. The taste is a burst of tart cherry at the outset that transitions nicely to some vanilla bean and dark... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L Ecole #41 Columbia Valley Syrah 2010

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    The wine is a beautiful deep ruby color with bit of opacity. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe berries, smoke and some lovely spice notes, just as you'd expect from a nice quality Syrah. The taste is so pleasant, with a blast of fresh black cherry, blackberry and raspberry up front that subsides into some nice flavors of mocha, dark c... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Rock Island Red 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of rich black fruit, blackberries, plum and black cherry with a bit of oak intermixed. The taste isn't nearly as fruit forward as the nose would suggest, with lovely flavors of dark cherry and cassis that give way to some notes of cocoa and baking spi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2012

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    $7 at Nugget Market in Woodland, CA this week. Strong nose, tones of almost vanilla extract. Deep, bold, cherry-juice and vanilla flavors. Very buttery and smooth mouthfeel followed by a bright finish, very low acid. I actually found this too intense to drink with dinner - it's almost more of a dessert wine for me. Great for drinking on its own ... Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


  • Pentage Winery Pinot Gris 2013

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    The wines of British Columbia just keep getting better - this beautiful-to-look-at copper Pinot Gris effuses a flowery, gooseberry and apple nose. Wonderful - and just waiting for the seafood and the patio. There is a touch of amaritudo (bitterness) on the finish, but this is good - reflective of the grape - especially in its French incarnatio... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Rose Traditions 2014

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    Nice spice of white pepper on the nose with some herbal notes and some fruit showing through mainly strawberry with some floral notes of rose petal. In the mouth there's a burst of acidity and fruit on entry that mimics a sweetness and some citrus notes throughout are muted and well balanced with the strawberry and watermelon fruit. This is easy... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Intrigue Riesling 2014

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    The 2014 edition of Intrigue Riesling has interesting and complex nose of anise, lime and sharp, cooking apple. Entry has a hint of musky apple with a slightly off-dry finish. Very Okanagan, but also very Riesling. Should pair well with San Francisco Chinese fare. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tantalus Riesling 2014

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    Aerated at Marquis Wines using the usual skullduggery, this wine was a wonderful Granny Smith Apple on the nose and palate - as expected - with the normal tartness. At home, the wine is muted, but savory - with less forward notes as just described. Very Tantalus with bracing acidity and cleansing Malus Domesticus (apple) flavour. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Poplar Grove Chardonnay 2014

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    This edition of the PG Chardonnay is redolent of an acidic tropical fruit such as pineapple plus some sweet pear notes. The 2014 vintage was above average shows it with good density and body with just a dollop of sweetness. There is orange rind on the finish which adds a somewhat spicey element, but this might diminish in a year or so, as it i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Waterbrook Rose of Sangiovese 2013

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    Edgy and rough on the nose with touches of watermelon and a bit of citric acid. Light bodied in the mouth with more melon and citrus, quite round but focussed towards the front of the mouth with less acidity than perhaps would be welcome in this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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