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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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Bookwalter Winery

    Lush red and vibrant white wines from the Columbia Valley: Located in the Heart of the Columb...

  • Silver Lake Winery

    Silver lake winery released its first vintage in the fall of 1989. In the past fifteen years the ...

  • Januik Winery

    Family-owned. Artisan winemaking. Acclaimed Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. You...

  • Cascade Cliffs Estate

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

  • Soos Creek

    We established our winery in 1989 on the belief that the vineyards of Eastern Washington were cap...

  • Pomum Cellars

    Pomum Cellars nurtures from soil to stemware a true expression of American made wine grown in the...

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  • Crystal Creek Cellars Riesling 2012

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    I only got on this website to say that I have recently purchased two bottles of Crystal Creek Riesling. While I am not an expert on wines' I greatly enjoy Riesling wines and I would like to say that Crystal Creek is the best I have tasted in many years. Keep up the good work. Read More

    Wine review by fredkasey


  • Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Nice cabernet. Fairly strong though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Cougar Crest Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    The wine is a deep inky purple color in the glass, with a bit of opacity. The nose is lovely, with aromas of ripe fruit, plum, blackberries and cherry, with some hints of vanilla, clove and autumn spice. The taste is just beautiful, with a blast of ripe fruit that easily transitions to some leather, green grass and white pepper notes midpalate... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2013

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    The ripening period of the 2013 summer was hot and sunny leading in part to a hefty sugar content in Pinot Blanc. This wine is complex, with a nose of sweet vanilla, and spritely apple; the palate receives pie spice (allspice, e. g.) and a good dose of citrus and malic acids to balance the sweetness. About as good as it gets for this variety. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Copa di Vino Merlot 1987

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    This review should be higher. Since I'm not a fan of Merlot, I'm already biased against the style, however I can certainly give points for sweetness. In typical Merlot fashion, the wine is dry, so this portion of character would be a 'crowd pleaser' I suppose amoungst fans, but is the reason why I'm personally docking points. Dry is here, but... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Otis Kenyon Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jamlani


  • Basel Cellars Syrah

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    Good bright red-ruby. Cassis, blueberry, licorice, mocha and brown spices on the nose, complicated by a whiff of violet. Spicy and a bit tart, showing a savory character to its flavors of black fruits, brown spices and game. Good spicy intensity here. The acids and tannins initially clashed on the back end but harmonized with air. Finishes... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Tenor Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley 1 1 2010

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    hooray Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Tenor Syrah 2011

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    Love! Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


  • Matthews Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    love this pineapple sauvignon blanc. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora


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