Walla Walla Valley 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, who 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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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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  • Gifford-Hirlinger

    Gifford Hirlinger is a small family owned operation that started way back in 2001. It was in tha...

  • Adamant Cellars

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

  • Patit Creek Cellars

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

  • Amavi Cellars

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

  • Whitman Cellars

    Welcome to Whitman Cellars, crafters of traditional Bordeaux and Rhone style wines of balance and...

  • Morrison Lane

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

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • I see that you are from Texas, Irma.  So, I will try to discuss options for you that you should be able to find in your local retail stores.  If you've already tried these, let us know, and we'll make more suggestions.Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  I suspect that you are used to drinking U.S. wines.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are, of course... Read More

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  • L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 1997

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    The wine itself still has some nice ruby color, with just the faintest hint of opacity. The nose is very reminiscent of Bordeaux, with some funk initially followed by some lovely notes of leather, cedar and hint of lavender and plum (keep in mind I only opened this about an hour ago, so it's early in the process of opening up!). The taste is q... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Russell Creek Merlot Columbia Valley 2003

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    Dark garnet hue, with rich aromas of dark tree fruits and tea; generous flavor notes of black raspberries, boysenberries and plums with fruitcake spice, and fine, integrated tannins over a refined and moderately long finish. Very Nice, but pricey. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Va Piano Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010

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    A tar-colored cab with subtle oak, cherry, and vaguely lime-light notes backed by a thick plum fruits. Deepens into a big berry on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Jennifer, as you know there are quite a few wineries in Oregon and it's neighboring state Washington. Wish I would have checked your post prior to you visiting. If you ever come back again, while in McMinnville just on the skirts of town is a very large aviation building open to the public and it houses Howard Hughes Spruce Goose the mega sized ... Read More

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  • I have just recently gotten back from a short wine tasting trip to McMinnville (including Willamette Valley VIneyards).I did go to Walla Walla some time ago but haven't spent any time in Milton-Freewater. I'd love to hear about your experiences, but unfortunately I haven't gone to any of the places you asked about. (Please come back and let us k... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Washington Wines & B&B's


  • We are fortunate enough to live a short distance from the Willamette Valley and the Dundee Hills of Oregon.  We are lovers of many varieties of red grapes and have found that we find ourselves drawn to wines that are from the Columbia Valley in Washington.  We are currently members of Zerba and Willamette Valley Vineyards although we prefer the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Washington Wines & B&B's


  • Spring Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc Walla Walla Valley Katherine Corkrum 2010

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    Smooth. Read More

    Wine review by lainydavis


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Syrah Seven Hills Vineyard 2009

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    The color is a bright garnet in the glass, with a bit of opacity. The nose is a blast of ripe black fruit, blackberries, cherries, layered over leather and oak, along with a sweet twang that is very reminiscent of a nice Bordeaux. The taste is not nearly as fruity as the nose would suggest, as you start with some mild berry and plum flavors th... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Cougar Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2008

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    Blackberry essence, earthy, spice laden.Nice texture. Great color Read More

    Wine review by livecat69


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