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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  • 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...

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Here are some links to the wineries websites.  And a bit of commentary...Aniche makes some interesting red blends including Super Tuscan and Southern Rhone styles.  Their Albarino is what first caught my attention since there is not a whole lot of this grape grown in Washington.Cor makes mostly single varietal red wines with a couple of whites t... Read More

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  • Good post, Lucha, thanks. Read More

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  • Pinotdiva, the historical top three for me on past visits to Walla Walla have been Leonetti, Woodward Canyon and Cayuse. These are more or less mainstream and known. What other gems did you find? Any tasting notes and other visit experiences, general or detailed, you can share?Lucha, can you provide any details regarding the wineries you recommend? Read More

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  • Two of my favorite Yakima wineries are Gilbert Cellars and Treveri ... Red ... Red Mountain?Here are a few Columbia Gorge wineries I would recommend:AnicheCorMaryhillMemalooseSyncliineLooking forward to hearing about your trip!&nbs Read More

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  •  we will be in Washington the first week in June. Last trip out we hit Walla Walla and found some hidden gems,  like Garrison Creek, in addition to those Dvogler mentioned. Many great wineries in the Benton City area as well. Looking for those hidden gems as we make our way from Portland, head North and leave from Pasco. Read More

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  • Also Woodward Canyon and several others in Walla Walla, but was waiting on OP to get back with itinerary details before diving deep... Read More

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  • Quality to price is always a good thing.  Maryhill makes some nice wine for the price (my mother-in-law buys it, so it's usually the first wine I have when I get to Enumclaw for visits).  My list also has some good wine for the money with the exception of the 'L's (Leonetti, Long Shadows and L'Ecole 41).  Kiona cab for $15 is fantastic.  Skylite... Read More

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