Columbia Gorge Wine

The confusing thing about this AVA is that there are two places called “The Gorge” in Washington State, and both are steep canyons cut by the Columbia River. However, they are located in two completely different places! The Columbia Gorge AVA is one of the smallest and newest, bordering the western edge of the Columbia Valley AVA.

Here the Cascade Mountains are bisected by the Columbia River as it runs through a very narrow passage, creating a wind tunnel effect. The appellation includes land across the river in Oregon, although the vineyards there are less influenced by the Cascade Mountains and are at lower elevations than those on the Washington side. Roughly 350 acres are planted, but the quality of the grapes being grown has caught the attention of winemakers from both states. On the Washington side, vineyards are on south-facing slopes above the river. Those closest to the mountains are among the few in the state that can be dry-farmed. The most famous vineyard is Celilo, and it is particularly Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Mt. Hood Winery

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  • Pinot Diva - Thanks for the update.Chelan is one of my favorite wine destinations in Washington.  It is a "short" 3 hour drive from Seattle and features some great wine and the wine-makers are all down to earth regular people.  All the wineries you mention are top notch!Boudreaux is also fabulous.  Here is a link to a feature I did on the winery... Read More

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  • Lucha,Great article on Rob. Thanks for sharing. I could listen to his stories for hours. One of the reasons he makes a white is to complement his Louisiana cuisine!Will have to check out Goose Ridge. Read More

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  • Thanks a million for coming back and reporting.  You ought to get an award or something. And thanks for bumping the thread in the process.  I was off Snooth and missed the original--seeing Lucha's (and DV's) responses inspires me to think about a trip up that way myself.  Read More

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  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off that this winery is a bit off the beaten path and located at a golf course. They make 6 whites, merlot, syrah, pinot and a sparkling wine--about 5,00 cases total. The winemaker (female) is French. That combined with some New Zealand experience makes a leaner style wine, low... Read More

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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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  • http://www.columbiagorgewine.com/winery.htm A few of my favs are Pheasant Valley, Maryhill, Phelps Creek, Wy'East, Naked Winery and Cathedral Ridge. Definitely terrific wine here - on both sides of teh river ( BOTH STATES). Too bad this AVA is being listed as Washington here? Loads of wineries: boltoncellars.com cascadecliffs.c...

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