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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Varietals Produced in Columbia Valley View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Va Piano Vineyards

    Established in 2005, specialize in red variatels, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

  • Sleeping Dog Wines

    Sleeping Dog Wines was founded by Larry "Alpha winemaker" Oates along with his wife and partner, ...

  • L'Ecole No 41

    L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Morrison Lane

    Located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley Appellation, Morrison Lane is a family owned and o...

  • Delmas

    THE VINEYARD Importantly, our first investment was the vineyard. Given the financial commitme...

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  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2017

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    Fairly clear and coloration is of dark cherry juice, with legs slowly forming around the inside of the wine glass. Beefy spices, alongside deep currant, cherry and Earthy blackberry aromas, which lead into the flavor profile. This follows suit to the aromas, with licorice showing itself on the palate, to go with spiced berries, and Earthy oake... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Canoe Ridge Merlot 2003

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    Part of a stash from an estate sale. Storage was somewhat sketchy, but not bad. For $5 a pretty good score. Good ruby color. A little "funk" on the nose. Red cherry on the tip of the tongue, No tannin or acid to speak of. Bit of "funk," again, on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Garrison Creek Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2013

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    Very pleasant wine, Lots of read fruit on the tip of the tongue--cherry, raspberry. This is in stark contrast to my usual CS experience where I get black fruit. Noticeable acid makes the fruit even more bright. A nice, easy to drink wine, but not one that I would pair with a grand dinner. We're having grilled burgers, tonight, and I'm very ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Ehrenfelser 2014

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    The first Ehrenfelser wine I've ever had. Straw color in the glass makes me suspicious of oxidation. Quite a floral nose. Very fruity on the tip of the tongue--crisp apples. Very similar to Riesling--maybe, even, fruitier. Very light-bodied. Nice acidity. An enjoyable, easy-to-drink wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Frenz Wits End Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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    The La Frenz SB is very light yellow colour with lime, lemon peel and fresh mown grass on the nose... very Sauvignon Blanc and variety sound. It tastes much like an Entre-deux-Mers in the same price range, with a bit more purity on the palate. Palate cleansing and pleasant on the finish. Well done. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tantalus Riesling 2018

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    Everything is a matter of taste, right? Well, it is the same with Tantalus: the 2018 Riesling is the same clean, electric, mouth reveille of Granny Smith and citrus acidity on the palate. Perhaps slightly tamed. But still not exactly for the faint of heart, yet quite for the connoisseur. Will age nicely for at least 5-7 years, but perfect now ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling Columbia Valley Organic 2007

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    No written review

    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


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