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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • White Heron Cellars

    White Heron Cellars is located in the middle of our vineyard property in the ghost town of Trinid...

  • Waterbrook Winery

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

  • Dusty Cellars Winery

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

  • Sockeye Winery

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

  • Basalt Ridge

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

  • Naked Wines LLC

    Our mission is to produce premium class wines, with exotic brands and provocative back labels tha...

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Columbia Valley on Snooth

  • Blue Mountain Chardonnay 2016

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    This is a fine, cool climate Chard with gentle, acidic apple aromas; entry is very slightly oaky, but with more vanilla than wood hardness, with a lot of spice on the mid-palate. Finish is medium long with more ginger spice, pear and Granny Smith or Bramley cooking apple (UK). Neutral compared to warmer climate Chard, but well made and typical ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 8th Generation Syrah 2016

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    The 2016 Syrah from 8th Generation (a BC, Canada winery) is a light, somewhat off-the-variety flavoured wine in my opinion: the scent is heavily coloured by a vegetable component of grass and spinach... not much in the way of those luscious cherries one comes to expect. Entry is smooth, if tart and somewhat underdone. Finish is medium with a l... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling "Eroica" 2016

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    Gift from Circle in 11/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2017

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    British Columbia makes fine Gewurztraminer - in either slightly off-dry (like this one) or drier versions reminiscent of Alsace. There is rose, orange peel and lychee nut on the nose - very pleasant fragrance. Entry is slightly oily, (viscous) with orange rind, lychee and bitters, with a medium to long citrus rind finish. One of the very best in... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Willow Springs Columbia Valley Washington 'Winemakers Reseve' Red 2016

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    it should be required that all varieties used in a blend be named! this wine seemed smooth because the "varieties" helped ease the complexity of a cab-Saub. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • I second rckr's comments.Merlot has been traditionally described as being ... ... Sauvignon from, say, Columbia Valley will fool you every tim Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Garrison Creek Cellars Syrah 2013

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    Attractive dark plum color. Dark fruit nose. Not as much fruit on the tip of the tongue as I would have guessed from the nose. Very nice. Quite stiff tannin, and good acid. I like this wine, but I think it needs more time for the various factors to integrate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • These 2 arrived today:The 2011 Poggio Antica "Altero" Brunello  ... Tenet "The Pundit" Columbia Valley Syr Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2014

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    Chalky, dusty aromas of blackberry and black cherry. In the mouth this has pleasant spice and nice fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry, nicely balanced with a touch of spice and a pleasantly tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Eternal Wines Eternal Beauty Rose Walla Walla Valley 2016

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    Simple cherry, cranberry and strawberry notes with a bit of a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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