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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Wawawai Canyon Winery

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

  • Thomas O'Neil Cellars

    The desert of eastern Washington State may seem an unlikely place to craft great wines, but it...

  • Gilbert Cellars, LLC

    Our winery was started in 2004 by brothers Nate and Sean Gilbert with the intention of making gre...

  • Fontaine Estates Winery

    Located on the foothills of the Cascades, Fontaine Estates Winery resides in a historic 1920's ap...

  • Rulo Winery

    We love to fish, golf and cook. We drink wines produced globally. We have a 13 year old cat named...

  • Mannina Cellars

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

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  • Helix Sangiovese Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2011

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    Toasted smoke aromas of dried earth and dried cranberries. This is fresher on the palate with red fruit flavors of cranberry, strawberry and red current and dark smoky earth that finishes the wine with a chewy tannic bite. Definitely a refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard Columbia Valley 2015

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    Well balanced fruit and acid. Have a cold and taste buds are off a bit but this sure hit the spot. Will try another bottle later. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Skyfall Columbia Valley Red Blend 2014

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    Decent enough for the price point with red berry fruits - cherry mainly - and a touch of blueberry. Earthy notes add to relatively mild tannins and good acidity. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Corvidae Wine Company Riesling Ravenna 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Antiques To Uniques


  • Ryan Patrick Redhead Red 2015

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    Perfumed aromas of violets, ripe cherries and strawberries. Unassuming and simple on entry, this has a pleasant chalky earth that brings strawberry, cherry syrup and cranberry fruit and finishes with a sticky resinous smoke. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 8th Generation Syrah 2014

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    8th Generation is a family winery in Summerland BC producing a range of excellent whites and some reds, such as this Syrah, which elicits a few whiffs of coffee and strawberry on the nose, followed by a tart, food-friendly mouth feel and palate effect. Balance is sufficiently absent to say that a bit more work is needed. But great with Tourtie... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Market Vineyards Liquidity White Blend 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by RachelJ82


  • Market Vineyards Benchmark Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by RachelJ82


  • Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay Columbia Valley Washington 2015

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    Soft tropical notes of mango, melon and banana with white peach and green apple. Unoaked yet still creamy on the palate, showcasing bright clean peach, tangerine and melon fruit, focused acidity leading to a tart, lively finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 8th Generation Pinot Noir 2013

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    8th Generation is a well-respected producer of Germanic-styled wines in Summerland BC. This PN is no exception; the style is seems German, but slightly deeper, smokier and rubbery; get past the smoke and rubber and you have cooked strawberry, with a vanilla/tannin finish. If the German style is the objective, all is well. 86. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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