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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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sweet Riesling Harvest Select 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Anew Riesling 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    I tasted the 2014 Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc at a Garden Party held at the Langley BC site of the winery. It was a hot day (32 degrees), so the whites were kings. The wine has some subtlety with soft white fruit such as pear, apple and freshly mown grass on the nose. Clean on entry, but light and not intrusive, this wine is quite French in styl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2014

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    The 2014 vintage Trebella won triple platinum in its home land and justly so... there is a nice toasty oak overlay on well-ripened Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne with typical Tisane (Herb tea) floral notes on the nose in addition to cake spice. Entry is warm (14% alcohol) and peach-like with a zesty, spicy and medium finish. More dense and l... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon 2014

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    This Bordeaux-style is perhaps the most singular I've ever tasted, and not knowing the exact percentage of the Semillon component, I'd guess at least 20-25% given the smoky nose and subdued fruit - subdued, that is, even for this kind of blend. The palate is teasingly high in acidity and includes a touch of saltiness - almost like a Picpoul de... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe wild berries, blackberry, marionberry and raspberry intermingled with some earthy notes of leather and a hint of baking spice. The taste is a burst of tart cherry at the outset that transitions nicely to some vanilla bean and dark... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L Ecole #41 Columbia Valley Syrah 2010

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    The wine is a beautiful deep ruby color with bit of opacity. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe berries, smoke and some lovely spice notes, just as you'd expect from a nice quality Syrah. The taste is so pleasant, with a blast of fresh black cherry, blackberry and raspberry up front that subsides into some nice flavors of mocha, dark c... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Rock Island Red 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of rich black fruit, blackberries, plum and black cherry with a bit of oak intermixed. The taste isn't nearly as fruit forward as the nose would suggest, with lovely flavors of dark cherry and cassis that give way to some notes of cocoa and baking spi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley NV

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    Apple in the nose. Great body. Read More

    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2012

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    $7 at Nugget Market in Woodland, CA this week. Strong nose, tones of almost vanilla extract. Deep, bold, cherry-juice and vanilla flavors. Very buttery and smooth mouthfeel followed by a bright finish, very low acid. I actually found this too intense to drink with dinner - it's almost more of a dessert wine for me. Great for drinking on its own ... Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


  • It's not in Oregon?

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