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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  • Grenache

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  • Malbec

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Pepper Bridge Winery

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

  • Glen Fiona

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

  • Sweet Valley Wines

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

  • James Leigh Cellars

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

  • Bunchgrass Winery

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

  • Rulo Winery

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

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  • Basel Cellars Ode To Merriment Columbia Valley 2004

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    Wine review by markmas


  • Zero One Vintners Wild Sky Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    A nice medium bodied Cab. Good balance, easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by TrinityNOLA


  • Va Piano Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2008

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    Very oaky on the nose. Attractive clear, deep purple color. WHOA. Major tannin on introduction. Gripping does not describe it. This is windpipe-constricting puckeriness. There is a hint of typical CS cassis, but I am having to look for it. I am getting earthiness and rough tobacco-y things mid- to rear-palate. On the aftertaste Im gettin... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah 2012

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    Wine review by alm mtw


  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe wild berries, blackberry, marionberry and raspberry intermingled with some earthy notes of leather and a hint of baking spice. The taste is a burst of tart cherry at the outset that transitions nicely to some vanilla bean and dark... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Boomtown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by mcrawford2


  • Boomtown Merlot 2012

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  • Burnt Bridge Cellars Semmillon

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    This is produced with knowledge and tender loving care by Burnt Bridge Cellars. It has a lovely aroma of citrus, almond and dust. Although it is a bit pricy for an unknown, to drink it is to love it. Makes me feel like a King.This is their 2013 Vintage Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with just a bit of opacity. The nose is quite nice, with a combination of ripe plums, blackberries and tart cherry intermingled with some green herb notes. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of cherry compote and smoke at the outset, transitioning to some tobacco and earthy peat notes midpalate. ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills Winery Carménère Walla Walla Valley 2012

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    The wine is a deep garnet color in the glass, rich and vibrant. The nose is quite nice, with a nice presence of ripe red fruit, raspberries and red currant intermingled with some nice herb notes and a hint of earthiness. The taste is quite nice, with some ripe berries up front than linger for a bit, transitioning to some nice spice notes of wh... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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