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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Ryan Patrick Rose Columbia Valley 2015

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    Soft violet and rose petal aromas with notes of sweet cranberry and ripe cherry blossom on the nose. In the mouth this is delicate, soft and fleshy with fruit notes of cherry, watermelon and a tart citrus note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For some that means switching over to chilled cocktails or beer. What it should really mean for wine drinkers is carefully selecting wines that are well made, delicious, value driven and refreshing. The last thing anyone wants to sip in hot weather is a big, bloated and p... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer


  • Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2014

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    A touch phenolic in the nose with sweet spice notes and floral blossom and pear aromas with some nectarine hints. Soft and delicate in the mouth, this has a dairy element up front despite being unoaked and shows peach and green apple fruit throughout with a touch of yeastiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2012

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Interesting - I asked the waitperson to pick something to go with the Lobster Bisque - it is dark and inky and opens like a herb/slate forward Pinot. There was a lightness there, that led me to believe it was the Pinot...Being as suggestable as I am, when I asked what the wine was, a Merlo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Valley: a triumvirate of outstanding wine producing regions with a fascinating twist. While there are numerous ways in which these three areas are vastly different from each other, they have one key similarity. Their acreage spans across both Washington and Oregon states. I spent a week traveling ... Read More

    From the article Washington & Oregon Wines Tread the Line


  • Pinot Diva - Thanks for the update.Chelan is one of my favorite wine destinations in Washington.  It is a "short" 3 hour drive from Seattle and features some great wine and the wine-makers are all down to earth regular people.  All the wineries you mention are top notch!Boudreaux is also fabulous.  Here is a link to a feature I did on the winery... Read More

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  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off that this winery is a bit off the beaten path and located at a golf course. They make 6 whites, merlot, syrah, pinot and a sparkling wine--about 5,00 cases total. The winemaker (female) is French. That combined with some New Zealand experience makes a leaner style wine, low... Read More

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  • Which Cab Sav's are REALLY good right of the bat (upon release from the winery) and even better after 5 years?  Read More

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  • Here are some links to the wineries websites.  And a bit of commentary...Aniche makes some interesting red blends including Super Tuscan and Southern Rhone styles.  Their Albarino is what first caught my attention since there is not a whole lot of this grape grown in Washington.Cor makes mostly single varietal red wines with a couple of whites t... Read More

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  • I find my 1995 Madiran a bit dry/tart for my taste and am considering blending the remaining four bottles with a Cabernet.  Any objections?  Suggestions?  March 25, 2016  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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