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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • “Good wines start in the vineyards.” That’s the opinion of Dean Volenberg, the new viticulture and winery operations specialist at the University of Missouri Extension, a position which also includes working as a professor in the university’s Grape and Wine Institute.  According to a University of Missouri press release, the Volenberg hire means... Read More

    From the article University of Missouri Extension Hires Viticulture Expert


  • Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red Columbia Valley 2010

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    The color is a nice deep garnet in the glass. The nose is quite pleasant with notes of ripe, candied fruit, plums and cherries and marionberries, with a hint of cocoa powder and some faint floral notes. The taste is not at all what I expected, rather than a rush of jammy fruit I was hit with some smooth cherry cola and vanilla notes overlaid wi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2011

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, with a center that borders on indigo. The nose is an interesting combination of mocha, dark chocolate and raspberry over a subtle base of earthy minerality. The taste is very nice, a blast of fruit up front, tart cherry, raspberry that transition seamlessly into some vanilla bean and toasted oak midp... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Seven Hills Columbia Valley Dry Rose' 2014

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    The color of the wine is a nice pale peach color in the glass. The nose expresses an interesting combination of citrus notes, along with some white floral notes and a bit of peach. The taste is delightful, with a crisp blast of fruit up front, plenty of grapefruit and tropical notes of papaya that give way to some honeysuckle and mineral notes... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • The third time wasn't the charm for red wine at the Great Northwest Wine Competition.  The third-annual even took place recently at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon. The competition, according to Tacoma's The News Tribune, drew 1,214 entries. This year was the first time a red wine didn't win the competition's Best of Show award.  ... Read More

    From the article Pink Power: Rose Takes Crown at Wine Competition


  • Sometimes the traditions sounded downright Old Testament. This past week Severine Pinte, a French winemaker in British Columbia, spoke with Edmonton Journal's Tina Faiz about her personal wine journey from French winemaking stereotypes to the March 27-28 Great Canadian Wine and Craft Beer Adventure the article advanced. “In France,” Faiz wrote, ... Read More

    From the article Canadian Wine Maven Chronicles Her Journey From French Stereotypes


  • A 2013 climate study titled “Wine, climate change and conservation” by climate change expert Lee Hannah posited that the world's vineyards would experience average temperature increases between 2.5 and 4.7 degrees Celsius in the next 35 years.  While the forecast did not bode well for France, Italy and California, “swaths of the British Columbia... Read More

    From the article Okanagan Valley Winemakers Unfazed by Nature's Attempt to Turn Up the Heat


  • Last week, we looked at a group of ubiquitous white wines. All of these wines were under fifteen dollars. Some of them were under ten dollars. But what about the reds? Research bodies such as California Poytechnic University and the American Association of Wine Economics have reported data demonstrating a consumer preference for red wine over wh... Read More

    From the article Dependable Wines, Part Two


  • As a wine consumer I love to read about others experiences with wine, but one of the most frustrating things is when you read about a great wine that you simply cannot find. With over 100,000 different wines made every year and at best only a few thousand of those making it on to your local stores' shelves, searching down a specific wine can be ... Read More

    From the article Five Dependable Whites You Can Find (Most) Anywhere


  • Things are going slow but steady in British Columbia.  The region's agricultural body, the British Columbia Fruit Growers' Association, analyzed the region's vineyards and grape production in their Winter 2014-2015 edition of British Columbia Fruit Growers Magazine. “Merlot is still the most-planted grape variety in B.C. Followed by Pinto Gris, ... Read More

    From the article BCFG Releases Vineyard Stats for 2014 Growing Season


  • 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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