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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Sweet Valley Wines

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

  • Rulo Winery

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Morrison Lane

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

  • Glen Fiona

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

  • Beresan Winery

    Located in the world-renowned Walla Walla Valley appellation, Beresan Winery takes pride in produ...

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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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    No written review

    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


  • 14 Hands Vineyards Red Blend Limited Release Kentucky Derby 2014

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    Bought this again this year. Nice party wine. Medium fruit, medium acidity, medium tannin something everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 1997

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    The color is a nice even purple with some amber around the edges and very nice clarity. The nose presents a wonderful Bordeaux-esque combination of ripe plum, blackberry and leather, over a good bit of funk, with just a hint of mint and dried herbs. The taste is just fantastic, with still bright fruit notes of plum and blackberry that burst fo... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 1998

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    For being nearly old enough to vote, this wine seems quite vibrant, with a lovely garnet color in the glass with just a hint of amber at the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, cedar, oak and just a hint of musty peat reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux "funk." The taste brings forth some bright fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry col... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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