Columbia Valley Wine

 

The Columbia Valley AVA straddles both Washington and Oregon, though the majority of its wineries are on the Washington side. This vast region is home to most of the state’s prestigious subregions.
 
The valley benefits from a natural rain shadow from the Cascade Mountains, which limits precipitation. It is located at 46 to 47 degrees latitude - the same as Bordeaux and Burgundy - with two hour’s more of sunlight than California. These long, hot days in summer followed by cool nights ensure a long growing season and peak phenol balance in the grapes grown here. Many of the vineyards are situated on the Columbia River and its tributaries, though many require some additional irrigation due to the dry conditions. Evenings can get quite cold and air turbines are used throughout the valley to guard against frost. But the frost has other benefits as this, along with its sandy soil, repels Phylloxera. This means that the vines grown in Columbia Valley are all “pure bred&rdquo 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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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  • Thomas O'Neil Cellars

    The desert of eastern Washington State may seem an unlikely place to craft great wines, but it...

  • Beresan Winery

    Located in the world-renowned Walla Walla Valley appellation, Beresan Winery takes pride in produ...

  • James Leigh Cellars

    Nowadays the emphasis is on what's new or flashy. we are decidedly old fashioned. Our ultimate go...

  • Whitman Cellars

    Welcome to Whitman Cellars, crafters of traditional Bordeaux and Rhone style wines of balance and...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

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  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery Ehrenfelser 2014

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    The first Ehrenfelser wine I've ever had. Straw color in the glass makes me suspicious of oxidation. Quite a floral nose. Very fruity on the tip of the tongue--crisp apples. Very similar to Riesling--maybe, even, fruitier. Very light-bodied. Nice acidity. An enjoyable, easy-to-drink wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Frenz Wits End Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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    The La Frenz SB is very light yellow colour with lime, lemon peel and fresh mown grass on the nose... very Sauvignon Blanc and variety sound. It tastes much like an Entre-deux-Mers in the same price range, with a bit more purity on the palate. Palate cleansing and pleasant on the finish. Well done. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tantalus Riesling 2018

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    Everything is a matter of taste, right? Well, it is the same with Tantalus: the 2018 Riesling is the same clean, electric, mouth reveille of Granny Smith and citrus acidity on the palate. Perhaps slightly tamed. But still not exactly for the faint of heart, yet quite for the connoisseur. Will age nicely for at least 5-7 years, but perfect now ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling Columbia Valley Organic 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2015

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    Gift on our July 7, 2019 deck party. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Mount Boucherie Pinot Gris 2018

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    The 2018 Mount Boucherie (Kelowna BC) Pinot Gris, well I like it: from the first glance at it in the glass (nice, just perceptible rufus-roseas hue) to a fine, rose petal, pear and green table grape nose. Entry is very pleasant - although youthful and a little acerbic on the finish, with slightly tending to the neutral, but noticeable pear appl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Le Vieux Pin Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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    A tongue-tingling, alarm clock for the palate is this electric Sauvignon Blanc from Le Vieux Pin. Gooseberry, lime and grass effuse from the glass which shows pale yellow. Entry is quite acidic - showing good possibility for a couple of years aging, although for certain fare (we had vegetable stir-fry), perfect now. A bit expensive, but a cut a... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to Washington, so visited a few places there too. Totally off the subject of wine, I found an awesome bakery in Spokane and the girl there served me this thing that I thought was a kind of Parmesan cheese foam. In fact it was fermented cashew whip, which was definitely weird, but ... Read More

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  • La Stella Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017

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    La Stella makes one of the vey best Pinot Gris/Grigio in the world; its only real competitor in North America is a neighbour slightly to the north... Blue Mountain. The nose is of anise, apple pie and possibly certain wild mushrooms. Entry is light, refreshing and filled with more star anise, pear, green apple and a hint of cedar. A very good w... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2015

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    Aside from The Reference by Blackwood Lane (2006, 2007 vintages, in particular), this is the purest, most approachable red Bordelais-style wine from British Columbia ever crafted. Dark cherry red in colour, with a bouquet of cherry, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla extract (light oak treatment), and an entry of soft tannic underlay, sweet, pure ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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