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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Morrison Lane

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

  • 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...

  • Rulo Winery

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

  • Delmas

    THE VINEYARD Importantly, our first investment was the vineyard. Given the financial commitme...

  • Spring Valley Vineyard

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

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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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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • Hands Merlot 2014

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    Ruby color with pink edges. Initial aroma of smoke and spice with some dark fruits in the background. Hits the palate with notes of cherry, plum, and spices. Taste fades into a faint sweet chocolate with mild tannin. Over all pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • Some new additions:2013 Tomaresca "Neprica" Puglia2013 Halcon Tierra ... ... L'Ecole No.41 Merlot Columbia Valley2013 Limerick Lane RRV Zinfand Read More

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  • Perseus Invictus 2013

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    The Perseus Invictus 2013 is a powerful, warm Bordeaux-style red with a deep, palpable flavour profile reminiscent of Graves. While not heavy-handed, the oak is forward on both nose and palate (youthful, slightly tight, tannic). But upon decanting, the nose has cedar, tobacco and cherry notes; may need 3-4 years cellaring to reach full potentia... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Apex Cellars 2012

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    Big full red smooth finish. Best decanted for an hour before serving Read More

    Wine review by MoTighenyc


  • Dublin Ranch Columbia Valley Wash Syrah 2014

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    very bright and fresh syrah that causes one to want more. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Mission Hill Pinot Noir Martin's Lane 2012

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    This wine was labelled the "best" Pinot Noir in the world under £15 at the World a Decanter awards in 2013. The 2014 continues this tradition. It's appeal begins with its deep, vibrant hue in the glass and the wonderful aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry. Excellent weight and concentration with spicy notes on a lingering finish. Decanti... Read More

    Wine review by ccarson2


  • Milbrandt Vineyards Riesling Traditions 2014

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    Light lemon aromas with more lemon and grapefruit flavors on the palate and warming spice with some sharp acidity and a touch of cream on the finish. Tart and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2013

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    Always delivers - always a good value also. Dark berry fruits, pepper spice, chocolate, a note of oak ride a medium bodied, smooth drinking fun bottle of wine. Great for grilling beef and a bonfire. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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