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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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Bonair Winery

    Bonair Winery is situated in the Rattlesnake Hills of the Yakima Valley, Washington State's forem...

  • Willow Crest Winery

    Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima...

  • Matthews Cellars

    Established in 1993, Matthews Estate is located in the heart of the Woodinville Wine Country. Th...

  • Apex Cellars

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

  • Animale

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

  • Greenbank Cellars

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

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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

  • Kiona Chenin Blanc Red Mountain Ice Wine 2004


    Smooth & tasty Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Figured it would be easy to fool you on the top photo. It's actually ... ... it I realize it's from Yakima Valley. So my bad, I was a bit off to the East Southeast.Some more views of the Wallowas:   Bottom line, I stumped 'ya by whole sections of the globe at a time!  ;-)So now the gauntlet has been tossed back in your direction. Read More

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  • Columbia Winery Syrah Yakima Valley Red Willow Vineyard 2009


    Blueberry and cedar Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Kestrel "Falcon Series" Syrah Yakima Valley 2009


    Blend of syrah and mourvedre. Very inky in the glass with dark fruit on the nose. Cold climate in style with a nice tannic bite on the long finish. Very nice wine with high QPR. Very close to four glasses, we'll see what the second day brings. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • There's a new doc called American Wine Story that just released that's ... ... that takes place in the Yakima Valley. Not a wine movie per se but takes place within the industry.I haven't seen Red Obsession, but heard good things about that one as wel Read More

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  • J. Bookwalter Red Blend Red Mountain Protagonist 2011


    enjoyed at tasting room in Woodinville. big and bold. syrah and Bordeaux characters are distinct. Read More

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

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