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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Sagelands Vineyard

    The "Four Corners" that produce our grapes are located in Washington State's preeminent wine regi...

  • Pomum Cellars

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

  • Silver Lake Winery

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

  • Domaine Ste. Michelle

    For over 30 years, Domaine Ste. Michelle has defined American sparkling wine with its distinct...

  • Syncline Winery

    James and Poppie Mantone craft highly sought after Rhône varietal wines. Syncline wines have grea...

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  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We discovered the Red Mountain AVA on our March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonnay. Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Red Blend Limited Release Kentucky Derby 2014

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    Bought this again this year. Nice party wine. Medium fruit, medium acidity, medium tannin something everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 1997

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    The color is a nice even purple with some amber around the edges and very nice clarity. The nose presents a wonderful Bordeaux-esque combination of ripe plum, blackberry and leather, over a good bit of funk, with just a hint of mint and dried herbs. The taste is just fantastic, with still bright fruit notes of plum and blackberry that burst fo... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 1998

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    For being nearly old enough to vote, this wine seems quite vibrant, with a lovely garnet color in the glass with just a hint of amber at the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, cedar, oak and just a hint of musty peat reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux "funk." The taste brings forth some bright fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry col... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 1998

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    I decanted the wine for about an hour before my first pour and it's a nice garnet color with a hint of amber along the edges and great clarity. The nose presents lovely aromas of ripe berries, blackberry, cherry and raspberry over some earthy notes of leather and cedar. The taste is reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux, with some ripe black fruit up... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard Proprietary Red 2000

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    I let the wine decant for about 90 minutes before pouring. The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, with just a bit of opacity. The nose presents aromas of leather, blackberry, plum and a hint of forest floor. The taste presents surprising flavors of cherry cola up front that transitions nicely to some notes of mocha, nutmeg and baking spi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2000

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    The wine is a nice garnet color in the glass with a bit of brown along the edges. The nose presents lovely aromas of leather, basalt, blackberry and prune, sort of the classic aroma of a mature Bordeaux. The taste is surprisingly mellow and pleasant, with a rush of cherry cola up front that transitions to some notes of white pepper and mint mi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard 2005

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    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass, with a bit of opacity at the center. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, leather, cedar and cassis. The taste is just a pleasure, with some warm fruit notes up front, blackberry, plum and cherry cola, that transition nicely to some warm spice notes midpalate. The finish is generous, with me... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Spring Valley Vyd. Uriah 2004

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    The wine is a beautiful garnet in the glass, with a slight hint of amber along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, leather and mint, with just a bit of black pepper spice. The taste is just lovely, with a good bit of black licorice and blackberry up front that transitions nicely to some notes of mint and black pepper midpalate. ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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