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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  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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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Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Thomas O'Neil Cellars

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

  • Five Star Cellars

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

  • Whitman Cellars

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

  • Glen Fiona

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

  • Covington Cellars

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

  • James Leigh Cellars

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

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  • C. C. Jentsch the Chase 2015

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    The Chase, which is mostly Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon with some lesser varieties such as Petit Verdot thrown in, is a deep, dark wine of considerable density and extraction for the region. The nose has Kirsch, sweet plum, and raspberry - depending on sniff; entry is viscous, luscious and just off-dry, with almond, vanilla and cassis do... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • C. C. Jentsch Cellars Syrah 2014

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    The CC Jentsch Syrah, which is well liked by critics, has the advantage of a wonderful 2014 vintage in the Okanagan Valley of BC. Presentation is quite a deep rich, red. The nose evokes blueberry jam, cake spice (Viognier)... quite a melange of wild red fruit and coniferous needles. Very Cote-Rotie in style. Acidity is good and balanced on e... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2015

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    The CS Kung Fu Girl would, in fact, go very well with Chinese Fare (San Francisco style), as advertised; with spiced apple and vinaigrette on the nose. Entry is still quite acidic, clean and somewhat petrol-like (this is a 2015 after all). Bubbly acid on entry with a musky apple flavour profile. A very fine wine for the price. 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon 2012

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    The 2012 Semillon (with 15% Sauvignon Blanc) from the esteemed L'Ecole No. 41 is quite a treat: the colour is lightly golden, and the nose an invigorating, spicy, nose-twitching, gooseberry. Entry is quite luscious and mature, with more white berry confit, musk and white pepper. Delicious. Much like Hunter Valley (NSW, Australia), only somewh... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Long Shadows Wineries Cabernet Sauvignon Feather 2009

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    Quite dark color. Some vanilla oak on the nose, Dark berries on the tip of the tongue--blackberry and blueberry. Then, I get the brutishness of this wine. This is a big, mouth-filling wine with a lot of unresolved tannin. If you have this, you can leave it sideways for quite a while longer. I like it now, but I think it will get better, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2018

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    The Polar Grove (Penticton, BC) Pinot Gris is a soft, northern expression of the grape, more inline with Germany or Switzerland. Very refreshing - especially if imbibed during summer months; the recent is of spicy white berries (like gooseberry, or perhaps kiwi), while entry (when refrigerated) is slightly spicy (oak) with more acidic white frui... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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


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