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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Silverlake Columbia Valley Cabernet/Merlot 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/139183 for only £1 as I was the only bidder.It is fromj the state of Washington on the west coast of the United States. It is a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot. I started it last night with my supper of meat pie. There is certainly plenty of fresh bla... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015

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    Dusty and dry but quite fruity aromas of plum, raisin and red currant. Nicely spiced and red fruited on the palate with raspberry, red currant and Bing cherry flavors with a touch of herb clinging to the edges and streaks of resinous tannin coming through on the chocolatey finish.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Columbia Winery Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2016

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    White peach and blossom with tangerine zest notes and fresh herb adding another dimension. This is soft, juicy and dry on the palate showing good cool fruit notes of peach, pear and apple with a tart crisp mid palate with some melon and lemon coming through on the zesty toasted finish. Refreshing and light. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cabernet Sauvignon is a shape-shifter. This is true for nearly every grape, but most especially Cab. Perhaps because it is grown in so many places, we are aware of the many different shapes it can take. Climate, terroir, vintage year, winemaking and more make a huge difference. But what IS it about Cabernet Sauvignon? The Gironde native has capt... Read More

    From the article How to Choose the Right Cabernet


  • Columbia Crest Winery Merlot H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2015

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    Modern in style. Dark fruited with a touch of sweetness. Lowish acidity with a touch of bitter tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • These days, Austrian Zweigelt is no stranger to wine lists. Sommeliers at the trendiest restaurants and wine bars in major cities arm themselves with Austria’s shining star. While Zweigelt is grown in a few other places (like Japan and British Columbia, for example), the grape truly is synonymous with Austria.Its recent surge in popularity (plan... Read More

    From the article The Next Go-To Red is Austria's Zweigelt


  • Willow Springs Columbia Valley Washington 'Winemakers Reseve' Red 2016

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    it should be required that all varieties used in a blend be named! this wine seemed smooth because the "varieties" helped ease the complexity of a cab-Saub. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2014

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    Chalky, dusty aromas of blackberry and black cherry. In the mouth this has pleasant spice and nice fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry, nicely balanced with a touch of spice and a pleasantly tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Dusty and dry but quite fruity aromas of plum, raisin and red currant. Nicely spiced and red fruited on the palate with raspberry, red currant and Bing cherry flavors with a touch of herb clinging to the edges and streaks of resinous tannin coming through on the chocolatey finish. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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