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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Glen Fiona

    Established in 1994, Glen Fiona (Gaelic for "Valley of the Vine") was Walla Walla valley's firs...

  • Thomas O'Neil Cellars

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

  • Rulo Winery

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

  • Covington Cellars

    Making small quantities of wine from the highest quality fruit is only half of our goal here at C...

  • Beresan Winery

    Located in the world-renowned Walla Walla Valley appellation, Beresan Winery takes pride in produ...

  • Whitman Cellars

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

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  • Baer Winery Star 2013

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    Great red wine from Washington. Easy to drink with a lush finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Covey Run Riesling Washington 2009

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    Love this wonderful riesling, but can't seem to find it in Greenville SC anymore. Read More

    Wine review by LindWood


  • Eternal Patience Roussane Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Creamy Meyer lemon and poached pear aromas. Okay and chunky on the palate with a zesty vanilla spice, muted citrus fruit on the mid palate and a finish of rich cream, melted butter and peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine Ste Michelle Michelle Brut Rose NV

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    Cherry, strawberry and grapefruit aromas with a light brioche note. Tart and refreshing palate with a touch of mixed berry sweetness on the attack, a flash of molasses and a zesty and quite acidity driven red fruit palate towards the long cranberry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Osoyoos Larose Petales d'Osoyoos

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    Intense aromas of raspberry and subtle vanilla. It gives you a long fruity finish. Read More

    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Brooding blackberry and black currant aromas with earthy notes of pencil lead and baking spice. Continues to be dry and rich on the palate with a melting dark chocolate mid palate that surprises with acidic notes of tomato leaf and a finish of red fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2009

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    The Osoyoos Larose just keeps improving, and the 2009 edition is as good as any of the predecessors with a cedar bark - sweet cherry nose with a hint of black earth and pencil lead. Unbelievable mouth-filling flavours of cherry, cake spice and bramble berries with a hint of vanilla on the finish. As a Bordeaux should be, but often isn't. Sup... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Joel Gott Washington Red 2015

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    Wine review by Marlowes


  • Waterbrook Melange Red Varietal Blend 2012

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    Huge cranberry/black raspberry juice coloration with rust and/or Earthy tinges around the outside ring.....good clarity. Aromas of black plum, huge leather, herbal/leafy notes of tobacco and fennel leaf, mildly charred oak wood, black cherry pits, blackberry, and cedar forest soils and a hint of smoke. Flavors that represent deep dark berry (c... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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