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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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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...

  • Basalt Ridge

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

  • Masquerade Wine Company

    Welcome to Masquerade Wine Company, handcrafting fine Red Mountain Estate and vineyard-designate ...

  • Sockeye Winery

    In 2003, Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine Brands. He re-joined his partner Dan Baty from Corus...

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Camano Cellars

    Founded in 2006, Camano Cellars is an award winning boutique Winery located 50 miles north of Sea...

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Columbia Valley on Snooth

  • C. C. Jentsch Cellars Syrah 2016

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    Deepest cherry red in the glass, the 2016 Edition of C. C. Jentsch Syrah appears to be free of Viognier (2014 had 9%). The nose has less spice and shows blueberry, wet forest floor, vanilla, lignin and a hint of cola. Inviting, the entry is loaded with blueberry jam, carrot top, and vanilla; finish is long and quite warm (14.1% alcohol). The ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • C. C. Jentsch the Chase 2015

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    The Chase, which is mostly Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon with some lesser varieties such as Petit Verdot thrown in, is a deep, dark wine of considerable density and extraction for the region. The nose has Kirsch, sweet plum, and raspberry - depending on sniff; entry is viscous, luscious and just off-dry, with almond, vanilla and cassis do... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • C. C. Jentsch Cellars Syrah 2014

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    The CC Jentsch Syrah, which is well liked by critics, has the advantage of a wonderful 2014 vintage in the Okanagan Valley of BC. Presentation is quite a deep rich, red. The nose evokes blueberry jam, cake spice (Viognier)... quite a melange of wild red fruit and coniferous needles. Very Cote-Rotie in style. Acidity is good and balanced on e... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2015

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    The CS Kung Fu Girl would, in fact, go very well with Chinese Fare (San Francisco style), as advertised; with spiced apple and vinaigrette on the nose. Entry is still quite acidic, clean and somewhat petrol-like (this is a 2015 after all). Bubbly acid on entry with a musky apple flavour profile. A very fine wine for the price. 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon 2012

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    The 2012 Semillon (with 15% Sauvignon Blanc) from the esteemed L'Ecole No. 41 is quite a treat: the colour is lightly golden, and the nose an invigorating, spicy, nose-twitching, gooseberry. Entry is quite luscious and mature, with more white berry confit, musk and white pepper. Delicious. Much like Hunter Valley (NSW, Australia), only somewh... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Long Shadows Wineries Cabernet Sauvignon Feather 2009

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    Quite dark color. Some vanilla oak on the nose, Dark berries on the tip of the tongue--blackberry and blueberry. Then, I get the brutishness of this wine. This is a big, mouth-filling wine with a lot of unresolved tannin. If you have this, you can leave it sideways for quite a while longer. I like it now, but I think it will get better, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2018

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    The Polar Grove (Penticton, BC) Pinot Gris is a soft, northern expression of the grape, more inline with Germany or Switzerland. Very refreshing - especially if imbibed during summer months; the recent is of spicy white berries (like gooseberry, or perhaps kiwi), while entry (when refrigerated) is slightly spicy (oak) with more acidic white frui... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2017

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    Fairly clear and coloration is of dark cherry juice, with legs slowly forming around the inside of the wine glass. Beefy spices, alongside deep currant, cherry and Earthy blackberry aromas, which lead into the flavor profile. This follows suit to the aromas, with licorice showing itself on the palate, to go with spiced berries, and Earthy oake... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Canoe Ridge Merlot 2003

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    Part of a stash from an estate sale. Storage was somewhat sketchy, but not bad. For $5 a pretty good score. Good ruby color. A little "funk" on the nose. Red cherry on the tip of the tongue, No tannin or acid to speak of. Bit of "funk," again, on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Garrison Creek Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2013

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    Very pleasant wine, Lots of read fruit on the tip of the tongue--cherry, raspberry. This is in stark contrast to my usual CS experience where I get black fruit. Noticeable acid makes the fruit even more bright. A nice, easy to drink wine, but not one that I would pair with a grand dinner. We're having grilled burgers, tonight, and I'm very ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • It's not in Oregon?

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