Columbia Valley Wine

 

The Columbia Valley AVA straddles both Washington and Oregon, though the majority of its wineries are on the Washington side. This vast region is home to most of the state’s prestigious subregions.
 
The valley benefits from a natural rain shadow from the Cascade Mountains, which limits precipitation. It is located at 46 to 47 degrees latitude - the same as Bordeaux and Burgundy - with two hour’s more of sunlight than California. These long, hot days in summer followed by cool nights ensure a long growing season and peak phenol balance in the grapes grown here. Many of the vineyards are situated on the Columbia River and its tributaries, though many require some additional irrigation due to the dry conditions. Evenings can get quite cold and air turbines are used throughout the valley to guard against frost. But the frost has other benefits as this, along with its sandy soil, repels Phylloxera. This means that the vines grown in Columbia Valley are all “pure bred&rdquo 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • James Leigh Cellars

    Nowadays the emphasis is on what's new or flashy. we are decidedly old fashioned. Our ultimate go...

  • Whitman Cellars

    Welcome to Whitman Cellars, crafters of traditional Bordeaux and Rhone style wines of balance and...

  • Adamant Cellars

    Adamant Cellars is a product of a 20-year dream. With my passion for winemaking, my wife Debra an...

  • Wawawai Canyon Winery

    The oldest bonded winery and vineyard in Whitman County, Washington—we are dedicated to producing...

  • Mannina Cellars

    Our wines are fermented in small open-top bins and hand punched three times a day in order to ext...

  • Sweet Valley Wines

    Our winemaker, Josh McDaniel’s, is an up and coming wine making guru for the new millennium. He c...

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica 2013

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    Wonderful - had with a lemon lime cheesecake that was a remarkable pairing. With apple, lemongrass, citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors this is lengthy, bright and with a touch of sugar - satisfying. Drink now - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2012

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    Blackberries, chocolate, spice, anise on the nose follow well to the palate. Mellowed tannins and acidity lead to a well heeled aftertaste. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Maverick Estate Winery Rubeus 2014

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    This relatively new winery from Oliver BC has produced a fine, if non-traditional, blend of Syrah and Merlot (with a smattering of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon); colour is opaque, dark cherry with a scent of crushed cherry and cedar frond. The palate introduces some Syrah pedigree with deep red fruit, tannic pucker (leather), a hint of smoke, c... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • the more robust the better, up to $150ishAmerican? Get a 1/2 bottle of some ... ... try Quilceda Creek from Columbia Valley. All of those should be over 15.5 abv easy.European? Get some Amarone della Valpolicella. Quintarelli will set you back about $800 and Dal Forno about half that, so instead go for I Campi Campo Marna, Ferragu, or Monte C... Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2013

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    Wonderful and even better because of the price point. A little vanillin from the oak, sice also. Citrus fruit and a slightly creamy finish combined with an acidic burst give a great mouth feel. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lodmell Cellars Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2007

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    nose of nectar; black currant and pepper spices, but with some mineral freshness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • We flew out west in early March (04 March 2017) to continue our annual wine ... two days of tasting in the Columbia Valley (Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington).  One special activity was a 4-hour limo ride in Walla Walla to several wineries. I added info and a few pictures as we proceeded through the wine tasting vacation.  The Snooth... Read More

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  • Songbird Lyrical Red 2014

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    Precept Wine in Seattle created this blend of Syrah (60%) and Merlot using fruit from breathtaking Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills and Willard in the Yakima Valley. A light hand with oak allows for a nose of black cherry, red currant and cola with whiffs of anise and tar. Theres pleasing balance to its lighter structure thats focused ... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • RBA - JW has a good list for Walla Walla.  Here are a few more I would add.  There are so many wineries in Walla Walla that I think you could spend your whole vacation there and not visit them all!Saviah, Rulo, Long Shadows, Dunham, Tertulia, Balboa, Beresan, Waters, Castillo de Feliciana, Spring Valley, Kontos and Skylite.Here are a few that I ... Read More

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  • L'Ecole No41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Plenty of fruit - red and black with a spicey nuance that developes, violets and other floral aromas. Chewy tannins and good acidityleave a medium length aftertaste. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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