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Yakima Valley, within the Columbia Valley district, became Washington State’s first official AVA in 1983. Wine-making in the valley can be traced back to the early days of the pioneers in the 1860s, but its commercial success didn’t hit until much later. In the 1930s, oenologist Dr. Walter Clore of Washington State University Research Center, established experimental vineyards in the valley. In the 1960s, Charles Nagel is credited with starting the Washington Wine Project focusing on Yakima Valley grapes that were grown by Clore. By the early 1980s, Covey Run and Hogue Cellars had achieved commercial success just before the AVA was designated. Today, Yakima Valley has the most concentrated vine plantings in the state, making up a large percentage of its wine production and grape-sourcing.
 
The cool-climate region is largely protected by a rain shadow formed by the Cascade Mountains. The Yakima river and its tributaries and canals provide the needed irrigation for the wineries Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Hyatt Vineyards

    Hyatt Vineyards was established by Leland and Lynda Hyatt in 1983. Evolving from a modest Estate ...

  • McCrea Cellars

    We've pioneered Rhône varietals in Washington for over two decades. In partnership with several d...

  • Chuckanut Ridge

    Since 2002 we have been making award-winning wines in Whatcom County. We source our grapes from s...

  • Airfield Estates Winery

    Our winery provides a delightful, one of a kind tasting experience! Quality with Every Drop W...

  • Greenbank Cellars

    Greenbank Cellars winery is located on a 5-acre parcel that used to be the homestead of the Day F...

  • Apex Cellars

    Apex Cellars is one of Washington's most respected wineries. Its three brands, Apex, Apex II, and...

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  • Revelry Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007

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    Lively oak bouquet Lovely taste Read More

    Wine review by martce


  • Hogue Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Genesis 2003

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    Had in French lick hotel Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Kiona Syrah Red Mountain Reserve NV

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    Wine review by pnordholm


  • Auclair 96 Cedars Red Blend 2011

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    Lovely red blend of merlot, cab sauv and Pettit Verdot. Dark berry flavors with a subtle spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • J. Bookwalter Red Blend Red Mountain Protagonist 2007

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    Wine review by Dave Mooty


  • DM - I'm not sure about Nebbiolo in Walla Walla.  The region seems to ... to ... with grapes from the Yakima Valley.  They source their Nebbiolo (and Sangiovese) from Red Willow vineyar Read More

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  • Rockwell Brown Red Mountain 2010

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    Wine review by Bfawlty


  • Hello Dvogler,It is nice to meet you.   I was at Taste Washington this ... well.   Living in the Yakima Valley is what Heaven must be like.  Kiona has a tasting room right here in Yakima and I have not been there.  I guess it is true you never really know what is right around you.  I will make a point to go there and have there Cab Sav. I real... Read More

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  • Received this bottle of 2010 Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica. Grown in one ... of the cooler sites in the Yakima Valley.This wine was incredibly memorable due to it's many flavors, some prevalent and some masked. Cherry, blueberry, current, forest floor, dust, chocolate, some floral, spice, oak and wonderful long lasting taste.I've had a f... Read More

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  • Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica Block 2010

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    Received this as a Christmas gift and oh what a wonderful gift. This could be one of my favorite Cabernet type wines. Deep beautiful cherry and current, forest floor chocolate, blueberry, nice acidity and well balanced tannins. This gives way to a spicy long lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


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