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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Wawawai Canyon Winery

    The oldest bonded winery and vineyard in Whitman County, Washington—we are dedicated to producing...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Thomas O'Neil Cellars

    The desert of eastern Washington State may seem an unlikely place to craft great wines, but it...

  • Fort Walla Walla Cellars

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

  • Delmas

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

  • Glen Fiona

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

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  • Forgeron Cellars Zinfandel Columbia Valley 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep garnet color in the glass, classic for a nice Zinfandel. The nose is filled with leather, smoke and an edge of earthiness. The taste is just perfect, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front, blackberry and plum, with a hint of fig that blankets your palate. The flavors transition nicely to some rustic mineral notes ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2014

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    Very Pinot Noir, very New World, this wine evokes strawberry-cherry confit on the nose and a slightly leathery strawberry entry. There is a slight spice on the nostrils as the wine finishes. Less Burgundian now with the tossing of torch to a younger generation of wine-maker, but still a fine product... just different. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Red Roosters' the Coop 2014

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    Nice ruby/brown coloration with sweet aromas, juicy cherry/plum/field berries and slight spice. The flavors are actually quite sweet, which I'm digging and this is light and fruit forward....cherries, grapes, strawberry, hints of blueberry and slightly tart raspberry. There is mellow spice and chocolate blended in there as well. Light to medi... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia valley 2012

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    Again, drinking above it's price point with dark berry fruits, red plum, damp earth, spice and herbal tones. Medium chewy tannins and excellent acidity gives the impression this could sit another 2-3 years. Drink or hold - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Gray Monk Gewurztraminer 2015

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    This wine - from a good and revered Okanagan producer - has all the usual lychee and pear on the nose (if subdued), and on the palate (off-dry), there is a slightly bitter, unripe lychee nut entry. The finish is also slightly bitter, but not obtrusive at this price point. Good value. 85. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells Columbia Valley 2013

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    Ripe and grapey with light acidity and light tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Sunday was just another day in the district.  We headed down early ... ... grapes are sourced in the Columbia Valley (Red Willow vineyard in this case), a place we recently visited.  Very tasty Cavateli for Sandra and Pot Roast for myself, along with a charcuterie board as an appetizer. &nbs Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica 2013

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    Wonderful - had with a lemon lime cheesecake that was a remarkable pairing. With apple, lemongrass, citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors this is lengthy, bright and with a touch of sugar - satisfying. Drink now - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica 2013

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    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica 2013

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