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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Covington Cellars

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

  • Fort Walla Walla Cellars

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

  • Gifford-Hirlinger

    Gifford Hirlinger is a small family owned operation that started way back in 2001. It was in tha...

  • Sweet Valley Wines

    Our winemaker, Josh McDaniel’s, is an up and coming wine making guru for the new millennium. He c...

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Mannina Cellars

    Our wines are fermented in small open-top bins and hand punched three times a day in order to ext...

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  • Seven Hills Merlot Columbia Valley 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot 2011

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    Nothing shy about this - it grabs you right from the start with it's rich lush fruit - blackberry, plum, damp forest floor, tomato leaf. medium tannins and good acidity, this rings out enjoyment - still another year of prime drinking - 92 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot 2011

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    Wine review by Lemont


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Gift from Stark's. 5/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut NV

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    Pear, green apple, peach and ripe melon aromas with a slight creamy brioche note. Very fresh and quite creamy on the palate with fine bubbles and a prickly texture opening for fresh citrus notes of lime and grapefruit. Finishes with a refreshing acidity and good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tonight we had this 2012 Gramercy Cab Sav. Columbia Valley. Blackberry, Blackcherry, touch of mocha, some minerality, good balance with acidity in the mid-plalate therefore the fruit is not overpowering. Some of the Washington signature vanilla but not over the top. This wine was surprisingly on the elegant side of the spectrum specially for bei... Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2013

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    Well and drinking above price point - again. Rich dark berry fruit, medium chewy tannins and well balanced acidity lead to medium long finish. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2013

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    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We discovered the Red Mountain AVA on our March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonnay. Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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