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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Camano Cellars

    Founded in 2006, Camano Cellars is an award winning boutique Winery located 50 miles north of Sea...

  • White Heron Cellars

    White Heron Cellars is located in the middle of our vineyard property in the ghost town of Trinid...

  • Gamache Vintners

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

    Small family owned and operated winery on Camano Island, WA. Committed to quality hand crafted wi...

  • Natalie's Estate Winery

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

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

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Columbia Valley on Snooth

  • Hedges Cellars Three Vineyards Red Mountain 2011

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    It has been a while since anything from the Red Mountain AVA has passed my lips, but the Hedges 3 Vineyards was available at the Safeway in Mt. Vernon WA, so... you know what came next (or should). This (mostly) Meritage blend (there is a 16% Syrah component) evokes smoky oak, blackberry and deep-roast coffee. On entry, there is cassis, cherry... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2013

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    Simple but nice Washington state chardonnay. Clean and crisp with some decent lemon cream notes and just a touch of pear. Fairly light but decent acidity and a short finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2012

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    After seeing praise for this wine, I had to try it. The nose has noticeable toast and honey notes but the fruit is dominated by the oak. There just isn't enough fruit to come through the oak. Been drinking Chardonnay for 40 years now and must say, this is no 90 point wine. Short finish and simple. My rating-- 84 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Seven Hills Winery Mcclellan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep violet in the glass with great clarity. The nose is quite nice, with aromas of leather over some ripe boysenberry and cherry notes and just a hint of dried herbs. The taste is just wonderful, with a rather subdued bit of fruit up front, berries and cherry that quickly gives way to some lovely mineral notes midpalate, ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Terravista Vineyards Fandango 2013

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    This wine is the colour of many Rías Baixas wines I've enjoyed over the years and is quite redolent of that familiar peach and ginger I remember - notwithstanding the credit-worthy Verdejo component. Good acidity and more peach on the palate with a fruity, lingering finish. Some bitterness on the follow-through, but this is a most elegant wine... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2013

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    Nice nectarine nose but a fairly simple wine. Needs a bit more acid to balance the sugar. No botrytis complexity as one would like to see from a late harvest Riesling. A bit awkward. My rating--86. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2009

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    I have never found a wine I like as much as Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling. It is light, refreshing, and perfect for summer. I like it chilled or room temperature. It's also great mixed 50/50 with orange juice. Read More

    Wine review by corkyhart


  • Pendulum Red Blend 2012

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    Great value. Full bodied, for a blend. Rich color. Smooth, and not too fruit-forward, for being this young. Read More

    Wine review by ggharter


  • Woodward Canyon Barbera Estate 2012

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    The wine is a deep inky purple in the glass with some brighter ruby along the edges. The nose is an adventure in decadent aromas, raspberry, blackberry and cassis along with a good bit of leather, graphite and forest floor. The taste is just a treat, with a blast of ripe fruit at the outset, ripe berries, plum and raisin that reminds you a bit... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Blue Mountain Brut 2011

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    This sparkler from the Okanagan Valley, Canada is a very affordable alternative to European exemplars. It has a Champagne-like nose of toasty vanilla coupled with a hint of lime. On entry, there is good acidity and citrus flavour enveloped by more brioche and vanilla. Good, persistent mousse. Elegant and mouth-cleansing, it only lacks a littl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • It's not in Oregon?

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