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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Basalt Ridge

    The partners of Basalt Cellars are pleased to welcome you to the first fruits of what we know wil...

  • 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...

  • White Heron Cellars

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

  • Camano Cellars

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

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Columbia Valley on Snooth

  • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling Columbia Valley Organic 2007

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2015

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    Gift on our July 7, 2019 deck party. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Mount Boucherie Pinot Gris 2018

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    The 2018 Mount Boucherie (Kelowna BC) Pinot Gris, well I like it: from the first glance at it in the glass (nice, just perceptible rufus-roseas hue) to a fine, rose petal, pear and green table grape nose. Entry is very pleasant - although youthful and a little acerbic on the finish, with slightly tending to the neutral, but noticeable pear appl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Le Vieux Pin Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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    A tongue-tingling, alarm clock for the palate is this electric Sauvignon Blanc from Le Vieux Pin. Gooseberry, lime and grass effuse from the glass which shows pale yellow. Entry is quite acidic - showing good possibility for a couple of years aging, although for certain fare (we had vegetable stir-fry), perfect now. A bit expensive, but a cut a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to Washington, so visited a few places there too. Totally off the subject of wine, I found an awesome bakery in Spokane and the girl there served me this thing that I thought was a kind of Parmesan cheese foam. In fact it was fermented cashew whip, which was definitely weird, but ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries


  • La Stella Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017

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    La Stella makes one of the vey best Pinot Gris/Grigio in the world; its only real competitor in North America is a neighbour slightly to the north... Blue Mountain. The nose is of anise, apple pie and possibly certain wild mushrooms. Entry is light, refreshing and filled with more star anise, pear, green apple and a hint of cedar. A very good w... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2015

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    Aside from The Reference by Blackwood Lane (2006, 2007 vintages, in particular), this is the purest, most approachable red Bordelais-style wine from British Columbia ever crafted. Dark cherry red in colour, with a bouquet of cherry, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla extract (light oak treatment), and an entry of soft tannic underlay, sweet, pure ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blackwood Lane Alliance 2006

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    OK, so let's talk about this second wine by Charles Herrod: after nearly 13 years in the bottle, it looks dark and Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with bricking at the glass rim... bouquet is slow to open (although decanted), with black currant dominating with a hint of vanilla; entry is smooth, only slightly warm (14% alcohol), with dissipated tannin ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Spierhead Riesling 2016

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    The 2016 SpierHead Riesling has an inviting bouquet of lychee nut, pear and (especially) green apple with a very light yellow, almost rhubarb wine colour. On the palate, the wine is light-bodied, with good apple-like acidity, a hint of pie spice, lime and petrol with perhaps a dollop of sugar. Clean, pure and mouth-cleansing. 88 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blackwood Lane the Reference 2006

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    Among the first vintages of this garagiste-style wine from Langley, BC (grapes sourced from the southern Okanagan Valley) and made by the more-than-interesting hand of one Charles Herrold, this wine is world-class, certainly: the nose is distinctive with mostly ripe cherry, vanilla and cake spice (flan). Entry is very special for a BC wine: the... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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