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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

  • Patit Creek Cellars

    Patit Creek Cellars was founded in 1999 and is considered a boutique winery at current production...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

  • Adamant Cellars

    Adamant Cellars is a product of a 20-year dream. With my passion for winemaking, my wife Debra an...

  • Sleeping Dog Wines

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

  • Fort Walla Walla Cellars

    Fort Walla Walla Cellars’ downtown tasting room is located at 127 E Main, on the corner of Main S...

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  • Moraine Pinot Noir 2013

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    Moraine is located on the esteemed Naramata Bench on Okanagan Lake near Penticton BC Canada producing a host of different wines. This PN is reminiscent of some South American wines from Casablanca, Chile with deep, earthy, coffee and pomegranate scent and flavour. Not Burgundian, but definitely PN. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Ross Andrew Winery Glaze Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013

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    Red fruit aromas with some phenolic notes up front and a touch of clay. A bit thin in the mouth with more clay and some floral notes with a perfumed finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sweet Riesling Harvest Select 2014

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    Sweet wet white wine with only the slightest bit of tart / dry in the finish. Agreeable, drinkable and stand alone, though would also pair well with a light dinner or cheese plate. A memorable treat with character that's likely to induce a craving every few months. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Columbia Valley Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2011

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    Sweet wet white wine with only the slightest bit of tart / dry in the finish. Agreeable, drinkable and stand alone, though would also pair well with a light dinner or cheese plate. A memorable treat with character that's likely to induce a craving every few months. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • House Wine Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012

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    Creamy vanilla and green apple notes on the nose. Nicely fruit forward in the mouth, with peach, melon and green apple flavors and nice medium plus acidity. Velvety in the mouth and well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fern Walk Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    This clean, refreshing wine from the Mark Anthony Group in Vancouver (sourced from the Okanagan Valley) is a lightly scented Sauvignon Blanc with slight grass notes and wet granite on the nose. Flavour tends to pear and kiwi with a certain spring water purity. Not punching with typical NZ Sauvignon Blanc weight, but reflective of the Okanagan ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Dark fruits and a bit of cassis on the nose. Fruit forward with moderate acidity with a bitey tannic finish. P.S. Tannins smoothed out by the second day. Give it some air. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Syncline Red Rhone Blend Columbia Valley Subduction 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by alovell


  • Basel Cellars Ode To Merriment Columbia Valley 2004

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    Wine review by markmas


  • Wild Meadows Chardonnay 2012

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    Golden berries and orange marmalade on the nose with a hint of tea leaf on the nose. Soft and rich in the mouth with lemon and peach flavors, nice oak integration and a touch of yeasty, oaty hint through the midpalate that adds a bit of complexity and leads nicely into the cream on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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