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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Sagelands Vineyard

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

  • Cascade Cliffs Estate

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

  • Januik Winery

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

  • Baer Winery

    We are a family-owned and operated winery producing handcrafted red wine blends, and red and whit...

  • Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard

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

  • The Pines 1852

    The Pines Vineyard, located in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge has been producing quality wine grap...

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  • 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 Domestica 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 unwanted element, but this might diminish in a year or so. Simil... 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


  • Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red Blend 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's. Nice little number with plenty of complexity from the Blend. Soft and round with the spice and dark berry flavors of the Malbec and Cabernet and cocoa and dark chocolate. Long finish that turns surprisingly a bit too dry. Nevertheless pretty darn good. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Bright red fruit on the nose, mostly raspberry and cherry but a touch of plum and a hint of vanilla. A little thin in the mouth, with more acidity than structure and a fair bit of red fruit driving. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Black Hills Estate Winery Alibi 2013

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    This edition of Black Hills Alibi opens with a light dandelion wine colour with a scent of musk, melon and mown grass - reflective of the dominant Sauvignon Blanc in the blend (75%). On the palate, there are muted flavours (leaning to neutral) of lemon grass, musk and bitters. Clarity and purity is good, however, notwithstanding a somewhat wea... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 8th Generation Riesling 2013

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    8th Generation wines have been a little more difficult to obtain recently so this is the first in a while. The quality remains elevated, however; the wine is a beautiful pale yellow liquid with an evocative apple, lime and peach nose. The acidity is good as well with a touch of residual sugar and more citrus and green apple on the palate. Nicel... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I had a similar experience, but found that there was an acidity and brightness ... Girl from Charles Smith in Columbia Valley.  I also dig on some funky Vinho Verdes laden with acetone and pineapple. &nbs Read More

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  • Burnt Bridge Cellars Semmillon

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    This is produced with knowledge and tender loving care by Burnt Bridge Cellars. It has a lovely aroma of citrus, almond and dust. Although it is a bit pricy for an unknown, to drink it is to love it. Makes me feel like a King.This is their 2013 Vintage Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by gntop1


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