Columbia Winery

(425) 488-2776 14030 NE 145th Street PO Box 1248
Woodinville, WA 98072
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Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a group of 10 people from Seattle, 6 of whom were University of Washington professors. Under the name "Associated Vintners", their goal was to bring european-style wine to Washington State. They began production in the basement of a Laurelhurst home and grew to one of the largest producers in the state. The winery has the distinction of being the first premium winery in the state as well as having the frist Master of Wine on the continent as their winemaker--David Lake. David Lake was instrumental in bringing several varietals, including Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Gris, into the state through a partnership with Mike Sauer, the owner of the Red Willow vineyard. Columbia Winery was the first in the state to commercially produce a Syrah, which has become one of Washington's most acclaimed varietals. Currently, Columbia Winery produces anything from a stylish Malbec, to their most popular Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • We continue our ongoing interview series with the friends of Snooth today by introducing Jon Thorsen. Jon maintains one of the most focused blogs on the block. The perfectly named ReversewineSnob.com, You see Jon is out there looking for wines for himself, mostly everyday wines that offer great QPR. His tasting notes and discoveries deserve to b... Read More

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  • Picking a Merlot below your $ bar is non-trivial, Czarina, but I do have an idea.  Look for Columbia Crest, a Washington winery, that is fairly well-distributed, is easy on the wallet and, in fact, has year-in and year-out put out a darned good Merlot.  If you go to their web site, you will see that they are currently offering three Merlots--two... Read More

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  • I need some help finding a under $15 Merlot.  For years my go-to Merlot was Clos du Bois North Coast because it had soft tannins, lush red/dark fruit and a silky mouthfeel/finish.  The '12 and '13 vintages had a spice component that I didn't like so Merlot, hasn't been in my lineup.  I recently tried an Old World Merlot, Clos de la Moriette, whi... Read More

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  • As the wine industry grows, more and more people are drinking wine.  I have found that Spanish Wines are very few if any at most Wine Shops.  I have an opportunity to buy directly from the Vineyard but am a bit cautious with all the varieties of wine nowadays.  How will I separate myself from the thousands of other wine brands and countries?  An... Read More

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  • Renegade Wine Co. Rose Columbia Valley 2013

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    79% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Counoise Almost plummy on the nose with its dark fruit and slightly dried character, theres some green spice here and a vaguely leathery note as well. Both acid and round at the same time, this is a wine of texture, slippery and smooth and very well balanced but for me it lacks a bit of refreshing angularity that a l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Beast Wildebeest Columbia Valley 2011

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    77% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc Dark and complex on the nose with earthy scents, hints of old wood, dry herbs, eucalyptus, woodland spice, leather and white pepper over dried berry fruits. Its intense and complex on the nose. vaguely sweet on entry, this is a big wine, ripe and chewy but well balanced and certainly not over... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • This might be a stretch, but when you're retired, almost everything goes.  I think it would be grand for folks to come up with an above average wine for Wednesdays, which some of us - those still working for a living - call 'hump day'.  Something beyond an everyday Weekday Wine, yet still below the threshold of a truly Weekend Wine.  Since tomor... Read More

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  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Olive and herb with deep raspberry notes. A cool climate cab through and through Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Just finished tasting Ballabourneen The Stuart 2013 Chardonnay (Australian Wine Selectors Hunter Valley Series January 2014 dozen), bottled under screwcap. Supposed to have a "round and subtle biscuity finish" Well the bottle I tasted was way to subtle for me I'm afraid! I think it is due to last week's tasting of the Tapanappa  2008 Tiers Picca... Read More

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  • I refuse to take a backseat to OT on the whole Euro lifestyle thing.  My folks had us drinking wine from an early age and the wife and I manage to polish off a bottle nearly every night!  What do I have to do?Okay, joking aside, I am going to offer some purely anecdotal evidence: Ernest Gallo lived to be 97.  His brother Julio died younger--82--... Read More

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  • There are NO reviews for Columbia Winery!! You guys keep reviewing Columbia Crest (YUCK!!) and Columbia Valley wines (This is an AVA)! Why don't you review Columbia Sportswear, Columbia Distributing, Christopher Columbus and the Columbia River also. Little geography lesson for you: There's a big river out here in Washington State that is cal...

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  • Just so you all know, Columbia Winery is not the same as Columbia Crest....VERY DIFFERENT!!

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