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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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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...

  • Thomas O'Neil Cellars

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

  • James Leigh Cellars

    Nowadays the emphasis is on what's new or flashy. we are decidedly old fashioned. Our ultimate go...

  • Ash Hollow Winery

    Ash Hollow is a boutique winery operation which focuses on producing ultra-premium quality wines....

  • L'Ecole No 41

    L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley...

  • Beresan Winery

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

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  • Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2012

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    The wine is a deep inky indigo at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, oak, blackberry and mint, somewhat of an old school Bordeaux vibe. The taste is much less intimidating than the nose might suggest, with a rush of cherry cola, licorice and dried herbs that transition nicely to some earthy notes ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Reserve 2010

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    The wine is an intense ruby color along the edges with a center of inky indigo. The nose offers some stunning aromas of leather and rich black fruit, blackberries, cherries and cassis with a residual of green olive that lingers at the end. The taste is absolutely stunning, with rich black fruit intermingled with some wonderful notes of cherry ... Read More

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  • L'Ecole No. 41 Red Bordeaux Blend Walla Walla Valley Apogée Pepper Bridge Vineyard 2009

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    The wine is an inky black color at the center, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose is a lovely expression of earthy brilliance and lovely ripe fruit, with aromas of leather, blackberry, plum and cassis and a bit of smoke lingering over the top. The taste is divine, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front, blackberry, plum and black cur... Read More

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  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    The wine is a deep, inky black at the center with bright garnet along the edges. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe blackberry and cherry intermingled with some cedar and smoke with just a hint of rose petals lurking in the background. The taste is rich and vibrant, with a rush of ripe fruit up front that easily subsides to reveal some... Read More

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  • Helix Sangiovese Stillwater Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2010

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    The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is a wonderful combination of dark fruit notes, plum and cherry with lovely overtones of fresh herbs and floral notes of lavender which strike me as a somewhat old school sort of Sangiovese. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of berry fruit and cherry cola that trans... Read More

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  • Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah 2013

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, with a nose of leather, black cherry and a hint of mint. The taste is just lovely, with a rush or ripe fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and plum that transitions effortlessly to some lovely mineral notes of dusty limestone and dried herbs midpalate. The finish is quite nice, with soft tannins that ... Read More

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  • Tero Estates Tero Cabernet Sauvignon-Walla Walla Valley Walla Walla Valley 2009

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    The wine is a deep, inky purple in the glass, with a subdued garnet tint along the edges. The nose is just a dream, wonderful notes of leather, cedar, a hint of peat and some peppery spice notes, just the ideal combination of aromas that I've come to love in a good Washington wine. The taste is a rush of rich fruit, sweet cherry, black plum an... Read More

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  • Seven Hills Winery Mcclellan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2013

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    The wine is a deep purple color at the center with a bright ruby along the edges, just what you'd expect from a high-quality Cabernet. The nose is just a breath of ripe berries and earthy leather and oak, that just brings back memories of autumn (lucky it's still spring, I just checked!). The taste is a rush of ripe berries, blackberry, marion... Read More

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  • Seven Hills Winery Dry Rose 2016

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    The wine is a lovely peach color in the glass. The nose presents aromas of peach, orange blossom and a hint of basalt. The taste is crisp and refreshing, with some interesting Chardonnay like notes of buttery fruit, peach, grapefruit and papaya that transition nicely to some lovely mineral notes midpalate. A rose like this, made primarily fro... Read More

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  • Dama Wines Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2013

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    The wine is a wonderful bright ruby color with great clarity, reminiscent of some great old world Merlot. The nose is a great combination of green grass and ripe black fruit, for a perfect springtime red wine. The taste is quite nice, with some nice blackberry and raspberry flavors up front that transitions to some lovely green spice notes of ... Read More

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