Columbia Gorge Wine

The Columbia Gorge AVA is an American Viticultural Area which includes land surrounding the Columbia River Gorge, straddling the border between Oregon and Washington. Due to the unique climate and geography found in the gorge, this AVA exhibits a wide range of terroir in a relatively small region; it is marketed as a "world of wine in 40 miles." The Columbia Gorge AVA consists of four counties; Hood River and Wasco counties in Oregon, and Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington. The region stretches from Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington in the west, to Biggs Junction, Oregon and Goldendale, Washington in the east. It includes the river valleys of the Hood River and Deschutes River in Oregon, and the Klickitat River and Little Klickitat River in Washington.The Columbia River is at the heart of the Columbia Gorge AVA. As this region lies to the east of the summits of nearby Mount Hood and Mount Adams, it is in rain shadow of these Cascade volcanoes. The region is Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • RBA - JW has a good list for Walla Walla.  Here are a few more I would ... I enjoyed on my visit to the Columbia Gorge this past summer: Syncline, Memaloose, Jacob Williams, Garnier and Viento.&nbs Read More

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  • An excellent Columbia Gorge Riesling from Viento.  This one is called "Retro Riesling" and it lives up to its name with a nose of petrol and lemon.  The palate features green apple and lemon zest built on a wicked streak of acidity. Read More

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  • Next up, some fab Rose' from the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge.  Read More

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  • Pinot Diva - Thanks for the update.Chelan is one of my favorite wine destinations in Washington.  It is a "short" 3 hour drive from Seattle and features some great wine and the wine-makers are all down to earth regular people.  All the wineries you mention are top notch!Boudreaux is also fabulous.  Here is a link to a feature I did on the winery... Read More

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  • Lucha,Great article on Rob. Thanks for sharing. I could listen to his stories for hours. One of the reasons he makes a white is to complement his Louisiana cuisine!Will have to check out Goose Ridge. Read More

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  • Thanks a million for coming back and reporting.  You ought to get an award or something. And thanks for bumping the thread in the process.  I was off Snooth and missed the original--seeing Lucha's (and DV's) responses inspires me to think about a trip up that way myself.  Read More

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  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off that this winery is a bit off the beaten path and located at a golf course. They make 6 whites, merlot, syrah, pinot and a sparkling wine--about 5,00 cases total. The winemaker (female) is French. That combined with some New Zealand experience makes a leaner style wine, low... Read More

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  • PinotDiva - Let us know how your trip turns out.  It is always nice to get more perspectives on wines and regions. Read More

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  • We have been to the Walla Walla area several times and some of our "gems" were Bunchgrass, Garrison Creek,  aMaurice, Maison-Bleu, Walla Walla Vintners, Rotie. Also like Rulo and Reininger.  Disappointed in Long Shadows...Love Treveri--hope to get back there. Thanks for the tips for the Gorge! Read More

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  • I'm in the Kiona and Skylite fan club too.  Both make excellent wines.  Kiona has a large vineyard on Red Mountain so most of their wine is made from estate grown grapes.  All their wines are great no matter where the grapes come from! Read More

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