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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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • 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 ...

  • DiStefano Winery

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

  • Pomum Cellars

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

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle

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

  • Snoqualmie Vineyards

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

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  • DM - Trump is moving fast on cutting back our freedoms.  The next march is ... ... Wells' Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington.  This was a very tasty Merlot and I highly recommend it.  Maybe we'll have a chance to see their winery in March?  Sandra had a cedar-baked salmon with a 2012 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexander Chardonnay from Casabla... Read More

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  • Maryhill Winery Proprietor's Reserve Tavola Rosso Columbia Valley 2011

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    Sweet molasses and maple syrup aromas with ripe cherry and strawberry fruit on the nose. Dry and sticky in the mouth, this carries an herbal backbone throughout with tarry minerality, loamy earth and good structure. Fruit flavors are darker than the palate and carrying blackberry and black cherry along with a dark chocolate and roasted espresso ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Helix Sangiovese Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2011

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    Toasted smoke aromas of dried earth and dried cranberries. This is fresher on the palate with red fruit flavors of cranberry, strawberry and red current and dark smoky earth that finishes the wine with a chewy tannic bite. Definitely a refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard Columbia Valley 2015

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    Well balanced fruit and acid. Have a cold and taste buds are off a bit but this sure hit the spot. Will try another bottle later. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Skyfall Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

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    Decent enough for the price point with red berry fruits - cherry mainly - and a touch of blueberry. Earthy notes add to relatively mild tannins and good acidity. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Corvidae Wine Company Riesling Ravenna 2013

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    Wine review by Antiques To Uniques


  • Ryan Patrick Redhead Red 2015

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    Perfumed aromas of violets, ripe cherries and strawberries. Unassuming and simple on entry, this has a pleasant chalky earth that brings strawberry, cherry syrup and cranberry fruit and finishes with a sticky resinous smoke. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 8th Generation Syrah 2014

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    8th Generation is a family winery in Summerland BC producing a range of excellent whites and some reds, such as this Syrah, which elicits a few whiffs of coffee and strawberry on the nose, followed by a tart, food-friendly mouth feel and palate effect. Balance is sufficiently absent to say that a bit more work is needed. But great with Tourtie... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Market Vineyards Liquidity White Blend 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by RachelJ82


  • Market Vineyards Benchmark Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by RachelJ82


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