Walla Walla County Wine

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Walla Walla is a wine region within Columbia Valley that straddles both Oregon and Washington. Wine-making began in the mid-1800s, when an influx of pioneers, many of them Italian immigrants, first settled in the area for the burgeoning fur trade and the Idaho gold rush. Though the commercial wine industry didn’t catch on in the region until the 1950s when the Pesciallo family established Blue Mountain Vineyards, the first in the region since the Prohibition. 
 
By the 1970s, wine-makers could see the potential for greatness thanks to climate conditions conducive to long growing seasons. The Cascade Mountain forms a natural rain shadow that protects the region, resulting in hot days and cool nights. There are a variety of terroirs extending through the region from the Blue Mountains downward. Glacial melt from the time of the Ice Age has left a deposit of rich, grape-friendly silt in much of the growing region. Walla Walla was granted AVA status in 1984.
 

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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...

  • 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...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Patit Creek Cellars

    Patit Creek Cellars was founded in 1999 and is considered a boutique winery at current production...

  • Adamant Cellars

    Adamant Cellars is a product of a 20-year dream. With my passion for winemaking, my wife Debra an...

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Wawawai Canyon Winery

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

  • Bunchgrass Winery

    In the early 1980’s, Roger Cockerline became interested in growing wine grapes and planted a smal...

  • L'Ecole No 41

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

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  • Woodward Canyon Dolcetto Estate Bottled 2012

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    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, with great color and legs. The nose is just terrific, with rich aromas of leather, ripe berries and mineral notes. The taste is lovely, with a blast of fresh fruit at the outset, strawberries, blackberries and cherries, which effortlessly transition to some notes of dusty limestone, cocoa powder and warm s... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Crystal Creek Cellars Riesling 2012

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    I only got on this website to say that I have recently purchased two bottles of Crystal Creek Riesling. While I am not an expert on wines' I greatly enjoy Riesling wines and I would like to say that Crystal Creek is the best I have tasted in many years. Keep up the good work. Read More

    Wine review by fredkasey


  • Cougar Crest Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    The wine is a deep inky purple color in the glass, with a bit of opacity. The nose is lovely, with aromas of ripe fruit, plum, blackberries and cherry, with some hints of vanilla, clove and autumn spice. The taste is just beautiful, with a blast of ripe fruit that easily transitions to some leather, green grass and white pepper notes midpalate... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Otis Kenyon Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2007

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    Wine review by jamlani


  • Basel Cellars Syrah

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    Good bright red-ruby. Cassis, blueberry, licorice, mocha and brown spices on the nose, complicated by a whiff of violet. Spicy and a bit tart, showing a savory character to its flavors of black fruits, brown spices and game. Good spicy intensity here. The acids and tannins initially clashed on the back end but harmonized with air. Finishes... Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • The '07 Coudoulet was the biggest disappointment for me, if indeed there were no flaws to the bottle. The '02 Run Rig was flawed according to Alan, my palate was fried but I tended to agree. The Halcon wines were good, though I'm not sure how moving they were. They won for QPR anyway, and I put the '12 Halcon in the mix for the top wines of the ... Read More

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  • Grabbed a 2010 Gramercy Walla Walla today...will be making its way up soon ; ) Read More

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  • Rulo Walla Walla Washington Orb 2012

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    Still young. Will be better in a year or more. Nice complexity and layers. Big berry and spice notes. Lovely lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Sangiovese 2007

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    And now to the wine, it's a deep purple in the glass with ruby along the edges and a good bit of opacity at the center. The nose is just how I remembered it, rich dark fruit, blackberry, plum and black currant with an overriding aroma of smoke, leather and spice, with just a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is absolutely lovely, with a subdue... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Zerba Cellars Wild Z Columbia Valley 2010

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Does anyone know of hip dog freindly hotel/motel/inns in Walla Walla?

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