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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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Januik Winery

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

  • Syncline Winery

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

  • Sagelands Vineyard

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

  • Zefina Winery

    Rob Chowanietz, a native of British Columbia, began his career in winemaking at Canoe Ridge Viney...

  • DiStefano Winery

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

  • Gordon Brothers

    In 1980, Jeff Gordon, along with his wife, Vicki and brother Bill decided to plant wine grapes on...

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  • Reininger Helix Sangiovese Washington 2009

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    The color of the wine is a deep, brooding purple at the center leading to some bright ruby along the edges with a bit of opacity. The nose is a very rustic combination of ripe black fruit, plums, black cherry and black currant, over earthy aromas of leather, green grass and a bit of forest floor. The taste is wonderfully fruit forward, with a ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells 2012

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    This wine has berry, chocolate and cinnamon notes and is somewhat simple compared with 2008 and 2009 vintages. Enjoyable but over priced. My rating -- 88. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Dunham Cellars Trutina 2011

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    Nice legs and acid. Needs longer finish. Black licorice nose. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Dama da Ma Cow Girl Cabernet 2009

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    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass with excellent clarity. The nose is warm and full of ripe black fruit, blackberries, cassis, and black cherry with hints of smoky black pepper and Asian spice. The taste is really quite nice, a burst of fruit at the outset that quickly transitions to some earthy notes of green grass and limestone. The fini... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Alexandria Nicole Jet Black Destiny Ridge Vineyard Horsr Heaven Hills 2011

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Renegade Wine Co. Rose Columbia Valley 2013

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    79% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Counoise Almost plummy on the nose with its dark fruit and slightly dried character, theres some green spice here and a vaguely leathery note as well. Both acid and round at the same time, this is a wine of texture, slippery and smooth and very well balanced but for me it lacks a bit of refreshing angularity that a l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Beast Wildebeest Columbia Valley 2011

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    77% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc Dark and complex on the nose with earthy scents, hints of old wood, dry herbs, eucalyptus, woodland spice, leather and white pepper over dried berry fruits. Its intense and complex on the nose. vaguely sweet on entry, this is a big wine, ripe and chewy but well balanced and certainly not over... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Charles & Charles Rose 2013

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    Wine review by share10


  • Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Those who appreciate the soft flavours of Loire Valley Rose wines (against the more serious nature of Provence pink) will like this BC wine; there is wild honey and strawberry trifle on the nose with a soft strawberry on the palate - though quite muted. Can pair with light meats and appetizers or picnic fare and should be loved by all on its own... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Badger Mountain Pure White Vns

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    Badgers mountains pure white wine leaves little to be desired. The initial complex fruity notes can only succumbed by the finishing notes of salted chode. It's starts with a medium body and hints of pineapple. Only to finish across the tongue with distinct anus characteristics. The final impression is that of a overweight man's towel after the ... Read More

    Wine review by vinoexpert


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