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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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Popular Wineries in Columbia Valley View all

  • Morrison Lane

    Located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley Appellation, Morrison Lane is a family owned and o...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • Wawawai Canyon Winery

    The oldest bonded winery and vineyard in Whitman County, Washington—we are dedicated to producing...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Glen Fiona

    Established in 1994, Glen Fiona (Gaelic for "Valley of the Vine") was Walla Walla valley's firs...

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  • 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


  • Blackwood Lane Alliance 2006

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    OK, so let's talk about this second wine by Charles Herrold: after nearly 13 years in the bottle, it looks dark and Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with bricking at the glass rim... bouquet is slow to open (although decanted), with black currant dominating with a hint of vanilla; entry is smooth, only slightly warm (14% alcohol), with dissipated tannin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Spierhead Riesling 2016

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    The 2016 SpierHead Riesling has an inviting bouquet of lychee nut, pear and (especially) green apple with a very light yellow, almost rhubarb wine colour. On the palate, the wine is light-bodied, with good apple-like acidity, a hint of pie spice, lime and petrol with perhaps a dollop of sugar. Clean, pure and mouth-cleansing. 88 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blackwood Lane the Reference 2006

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    Among the first vintages of this garagiste-style wine from Langley, BC (grapes sourced from the southern Okanagan Valley) and made by the more-than-interesting hand of one Charles Herrold, this wine is world-class, certainly: the nose is distinctive with mostly ripe cherry, vanilla and cake spice (flan). Entry is very special for a BC wine: the... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin 2014

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    The 2014 edition of Osoyoos Larose le Grand Vin is another triumph; the sweet plum nose opens generously an hour after opening, adding a dense chocolate and cherry bed. The purity of the entry is astounding; with bitter chocolate, vanilla, and perhaps cranberry (dried) adding to a plummy confit flavour. There is some well-integrated (not harsh)... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Painted Rock Merlot 2009

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    The 2009 Painted Rock Merlot (Okanagan Valley, BC Canada) is showing only limited bricking at the glass rim, being yet of a dark, black cherry colour. A most unusual find (current release: 2016), but seems intact: nose is of a gentle, slightly canned plum with riper plum on entry, and vanilla notes from gentle, integrated French Oak tannin. Smo... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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