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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  • Sangiovese

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

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  • James Leigh Cellars

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

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

  • Sweet Valley Wines

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

  • L'Ecole No 41

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

  • Fort Walla Walla Cellars

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

  • Morrison Lane

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

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  • Nocking Point Wicked Aim Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Very pleasant, straightforward wine. Something of a tart currant flavor with a bit of a dark chocolate on the tip of the tongue. More of a puckery drying, mid-palate. Very short finish. Easy to drink, and, probably a reasonable buy. I was gifted this bottle, but it looks like the price is about $20. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah 2008

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    Pretty interesting wine. Quite different from the California style for a Bordeaux blend. (Well, duh.) That might be from the lack of Cabernet Sauvignon. First of all, it is a very attractive bluish-purple in the glass. Big, fruity nose of blackberry and (I know there is no CS.) currant. On the tongue I get that initial blast of black fruit,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Seven Hills Winery Mcclellan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2012

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    The wine is a lovely deep violet in the glass with great clarity. The nose is quite nice, with aromas of leather over some ripe boysenberry and cherry notes and just a hint of dried herbs. The taste is just wonderful, with a rather subdued bit of fruit up front, berries and cherry that quickly gives way to some lovely mineral notes midpalate, ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Woodward Canyon Barbera Estate 2012

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    The wine is a deep inky purple in the glass with some brighter ruby along the edges. The nose is an adventure in decadent aromas, raspberry, blackberry and cassis along with a good bit of leather, graphite and forest floor. The taste is just a treat, with a blast of ripe fruit at the outset, ripe berries, plum and raisin that reminds you a bit... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Red Theory Red Blend 2012

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    This is well balanced and on the medium to light full weight. Black current with vanilla and tobacco flavors. Medium finish with medium tannins. This wine for the price is tasty Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • 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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    No written review

    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


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

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