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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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  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Wineglass Cellars

    Owners David and Linda Lowe, with son Jeff, say Wineglass Cellars is as much about having fun as ...

  • McCrea Cellars

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

  • Portteus

    How did you get in the wine business? Great question; one I have been asked and answered at least...

  • Animale

    ANIMALE is a Washington winery that produces, by hand, small quantities of intense, full-flavored...

  • Windy Point Vineyards

    The Windy Point Fruit Ranch was purchased by Stanislaw Stepniewski in 1972. The fruit ranch has f...

  • Vin du Lac Winery

    he Vin du Lac winery sits on a hilltop rising 200 feet above Lake Chelan, with superb views of th...

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  • Revelry Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2007


    Lively oak bouquet Lovely taste Read More

    Wine review by martce

  • Hogue Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Genesis 2003


    Had in French lick hotel Read More

    Wine review by gmb468

  • Kiona Syrah Red Mountain Reserve NV


    No written review

    Wine review by pnordholm

  • Auclair 96 Cedars Red Blend 2011


    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


    No written review

    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


    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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