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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Whitman Cellars

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

  • Spring Valley Vineyard

    Spring Valley Vineyard is situated 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, spread amid the picturesque...

  • Five Star Cellars

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

  • Bunchgrass Winery

    In the early 1980’s, Roger Cockerline became interested in growing wine grapes and planted a smal...

  • Va Piano Vineyards

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

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

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  • Vintage Ink Limited Edition Whisky Barrel Aged Red 2015


    Pours a muddled dark cherry color, with plum and Earthy soiled undertones. Aromas of booze right up front that soften with some oxidation, and along comes soft vanilla, dark cherry, liquor (whisky) and oak char. The flavors follow suit with plenty of smoky oak barrel, whisky, dark cherry and perhaps blueberry.....yup there's definitely blueber... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2009


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    Wine review by babyubu1

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard Columbia Valley 2016


    Tropical fruits and lots of acidity with a pleasant finish. Becoming a go to in my household. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

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  • Baer Winery Star 2013


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

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Covey Run Riesling Washington 2009


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

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