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The Columbia Valley AVA is Washington’s all-encompassing region with some 11 million acres of land in all. Included within its confines are six other American Viticultural Areas (AVA) including Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills and Wahluke Slope. The Columbia Gorge and Puget Sound AVAs are the only appellations in Washington that fall outside of its borders. Despite the number of sub-appellations within its boundaries, there is the potential for further AVA development. The most significant places where the Columbia Valley is the primary appellation and does not overlap another AVA are the Royal Slope, the Columbia Basin, and the vast expanse north of the Rattlesnake Hills, which includes the entire region loosely called Columbia Cascade.

Apart from its sheer size, the Columbia valley is also widely seen on wine labels because many of Washington’s best known wineries are located in the Seattle metropolitan area. These wineries transport grapes over Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Columbia Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Waterbrook Winery

    Waterbrook Winery in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington is known for producing highly acclaimed...

  • Natalie's Estate Winery

    Our winemaking philosophy is to make wines that assure expression of each vineyard. Our wines are...

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • Gamache Vintners

    With their first vinifera planting in 1982 Bob and Roger Gamache founded what would become one o...

  • Milbrandt Vineyards

    Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living workin...

  • Tsillan Cellars

    Tsillan Cellars Winery was established in 2000 and opened its doors on May 1, 2004 with the intro...

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Columbia Valley on Snooth

  • Ryan Patrick Rose Columbia Valley 2015

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    Soft violet and rose petal aromas with notes of sweet cranberry and ripe cherry blossom on the nose. In the mouth this is delicate, soft and fleshy with fruit notes of cherry, watermelon and a tart citrus note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014

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    Purpulish coloration with brown hues around the edges...good clarity and very nice lanky legs. Aromas are of Cassis/currant, blackberry, huge dark chocolate/cocoa, peppery spice, albeit muted, Earthy blackberry, molasses sweetness and hints of alcohol. The flavors follow suit with plenty of fruits and some deep cocoa/dark chocolate, spice and ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Katy Michaud Washington Riesling Columbia Valley 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Nice little number. a silver green gold clarity pour in the Glass. Opens with a mint lemon lime and 'ah this is a 'Riesling' yeast; then a bit of hazelnut honeyed apricot; then just a bit of bitter chocolate covered acacia and bitter orange marmalade rind. Quite soft medium-full mouthfeel with a pleasant acidity; ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cadence Red Mountain Coda 2013

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    Has a great nose, is smooth going down and mellow finish. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2014

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    A touch phenolic in the nose with sweet spice notes and floral blossom and pear aromas with some nectarine hints. Soft and delicate in the mouth, this has a dairy element up front despite being unoaked and shows peach and green apple fruit throughout with a touch of yeastiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dusted Valley Malbec Columbia Valley 2013

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    Dark plum and fig aromas with candied strawberry and black cherry notes. Full of earthy baking spice on the palate, this is focused and full bodied with medicinal cherry and blackberry notes coming through towards the finish that ends with a floral note of raspberry and cherry compote. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Interesting - I asked the waitperson to pick something to go with the Lobster Bisque - it is dark and inky and opens like a herb/slate forward Pinot. There was a lightness there, that led me to believe it was the Pinot...Being as suggestable as I am, when I asked what the wine was, a Merlo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • (Updated to add a couple pics)Another great day in the Willamette ... make ... make with grapes from the Columbia Valley.After a fantastic burger in a little restaurant inside a gas station in Carlton (believe me, this was good) we still had some time before our 3pm appt. so we headed over to Lemelson.  A decent dry Riesling, a very good rose ... Read More

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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • It's not in Oregon?

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