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The Columbia Valley AVA is Washington’s all-encompassing region with some 11 million acres of land in all. Included within its confines are six other American Viticultural Areas (AVA) including Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills and Wahluke Slope. The Columbia Gorge and Puget Sound AVAs are the only appellations in Washington that fall outside of its borders. Despite the number of sub-appellations within its boundaries, there is the potential for further AVA development. The most significant places where the Columbia Valley is the primary appellation and does not overlap another AVA are the Royal Slope, the Columbia Basin, and the vast expanse north of the Rattlesnake Hills, which includes the entire region loosely called Columbia Cascade.

Apart from its sheer size, the Columbia valley is also widely seen on wine labels because many of Washington’s best known wineries are located in the Seattle metropolitan area. These wineries transport grapes over Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Columbia Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

    Small family owned and operated winery on Camano Island, WA. Committed to quality hand crafted wi...

  • Gamache Vintners

    With their first vinifera planting in 1982 Bob and Roger Gamache founded what would become one o...

  • Waving Tree Vineyard & Winery

    Located just below the famed Stonehenge Memorial amidst the sprawling Columbia River in the commu...

  • Waterbrook Winery

    Waterbrook Winery in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington is known for producing highly acclaimed...

  • Tsillan Cellars

    Tsillan Cellars Winery was established in 2000 and opened its doors on May 1, 2004 with the intro...

  • Basalt Ridge

    The partners of Basalt Cellars are pleased to welcome you to the first fruits of what we know wil...

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Columbia Valley on Snooth

  • Oak Bay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016


    Pours a muddled purple/cranberry color....quite unlike anything I've seen with this varietal before! The aromas are quite intense and of deep and dark structure......heavy black currant, sultana raisin, black cherry, linseed/flax oil and oak all help one another in balancing I warm it with my hands, I get huge whiffs of dark choco... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Clos du Soleil Fume Blanc 2017


    This Bordeaux Blanc blend (83% Sauvignon Blanc and 17% Semillon) carries a scent of lawn grass, gooseberry, kiwi and a whiff of vanilla (oak); entry is very crisp - though not unbalanced or unexpected for this region (Similkameen Valley, BC Canada), with healthy acidity, musky, grassy, grapefruit-citric, white berry flavours with a slight nut-oa... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2016


    Blue Mountain rarely disappoints, and when it does it is usually not their fault. This 2016 Reserve Chardonnay is a benchmark for most of the Okanagan Valley BC Canada; it has a bit more aggressive oak treatment - something like some modern Grand Cru Chablis. But in this case it works: the wine is aging in grand style with gooseberry, cooking ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon 2016


    The L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon (14% Sauvignon Blanc) carries a medium yellow colour and an inviting ginger-oak-gooseberry nose with a good dollop of lime rind. Entry is velvety-smooth, with just a hint of warmth, oaky spice overlaying s bed of gooseberry and fig. This is a very good Bordeaux-style white that recalls Hunter Valley whites from Aust... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Foxtrot the Waltz Pinot Noir 2017


    The 2017 Foxtrot Waltz is the last vintage by the Allander Family (sold in 2018 to American Douglas Barzelay et al.) although Gustav Allander remains to manage the winemaking. The robe of this wine is translucent cherry - reminiscent of a Beaune property, with an attractive strawberry confit and forest floor nose with a hint of cedar chest. Ent... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • C. C. Jentsch Cellars Small Lots Series Chardonnay 2017


    The C. C. Jentsch Small Lots Chardonnay is immediately recognizable as a BC Chard: the bouquet expresses soft vanilla spice, cooked Honeycrisp Apple - similar to oak-treated Pinot Blanc. Entry has light oak, quite buttery malolactic notes, but bright, dry and elegant. Expressive of the climate and land, in fact... or clone - or all three. The... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Rico Bambino Viognier 2017


    This is the first Rico Bambino wine tasting for me; the winery is an "urban winery" in Kelowna Canada priding itself on sustainability and things "natural" (natural ferment, e. g.) - which is all to the good. This wine, which has deepened into a rich gold colouration, evinces an attractive nose of aging viognier such as ginger, lychee nut and g... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Cs Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Collection Substance Jack's Vineyard 2014


    Simple label - nearly identical with the regular CS Substance offering - but quite a notch up in quality, the Vineyard Collection (Jack's Vineyard) is a big winner: Almost black in the glass, with a truly wonderful blackberry, vanilla and cedar nose, this wine enters the mouth as smooth as the best cream, with nuances of cassis, red currant, and... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2016


    The Intrinsic Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon for 2016 (Columbia Valley WA) shows dark translucent red in the glass with a bouquet suggestive of pomegranate, red currant and (maybe) sweet cherry. Entry has power and thrust with red current and menthol on the front palate. Finish is slightly alcoholic, but with notes of sweet tobacco and cassis... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • L'Ecole 41 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


    L'École No. 41 in Lowden WA produced a very fine Cabernet Sauvignon in 2015 at a reasonable price (in WA, not here in Canada, from whence I write); the robe is tarry-red, and the aroma is of earthy forest floor, plum, cake spice and cassis - Euro in style but with more promise of purity. Bordeaux-like entry with cherry cola, blackberry (cassis)... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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