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

  • Dumas Station Wines

    Our winery is located in the former apple packing shed for Pomona Ranch. One of Washington's ear...

  • Sleeping Dog Wines

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

  • Gilbert Cellars, LLC

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

  • Adamant Cellars

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

  • Morrison Lane

    Located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley Appellation, Morrison Lane is a family owned and o...

  • 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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  • Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014

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    Purpulish coloration with brown hues around the edges...good clarity and very nice lanky legs. Aromas are of Cassis/currant, blackberry, huge dark chocolate/cocoa, peppery spice, albeit muted, Earthy blackberry, molasses sweetness and hints of alcohol. The flavors follow suit with plenty of fruits and some deep cocoa/dark chocolate, spice and ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Katy Michaud Washington Riesling Columbia Valley 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Nice little number. a silver green gold clarity pour in the Glass. Opens with a mint lemon lime and 'ah this is a 'Riesling' yeast; then a bit of hazelnut honeyed apricot; then just a bit of bitter chocolate covered acacia and bitter orange marmalade rind. Quite soft medium-full mouthfeel with a pleasant acidity; ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cadence Red Mountain Coda 2013

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    Has a great nose, is smooth going down and mellow finish. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2014

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    A touch phenolic in the nose with sweet spice notes and floral blossom and pear aromas with some nectarine hints. Soft and delicate in the mouth, this has a dairy element up front despite being unoaked and shows peach and green apple fruit throughout with a touch of yeastiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dusted Valley Malbec Columbia Valley 2013

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    Dark plum and fig aromas with candied strawberry and black cherry notes. Full of earthy baking spice on the palate, this is focused and full bodied with medicinal cherry and blackberry notes coming through towards the finish that ends with a floral note of raspberry and cherry compote. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Interesting - I asked the waitperson to pick something to go with the Lobster Bisque - it is dark and inky and opens like a herb/slate forward Pinot. There was a lightness there, that led me to believe it was the Pinot...Being as suggestable as I am, when I asked what the wine was, a Merlo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • (Updated to add a couple pics)Another great day in the Willamette ... make ... make with grapes from the Columbia Valley.After a fantastic burger in a little restaurant inside a gas station in Carlton (believe me, this was good) we still had some time before our 3pm appt. so we headed over to Lemelson.  A decent dry Riesling, a very good rose ... Read More

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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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