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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  • Charles Smith Wines of Substance Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


    This modestly priced Cab has a nice cassis, blueberry and cherry nose - possibly with some gentle scent of pansies... if you can believe it. That's quite a lot of complexity at this price, and on entry, one gets a bit of almond bitterness and French Oak, plus a flood of cassis and blackberry fruit. This will age a few years. Oak will blow off... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Dead End No Return 2015


    This wine - which, among others from Forbidden Fruit Winery - I discovered at a craft fair in Port Moody BC, is a deep, inviting red colour with a nose of ripe cherries and cedar - rich, fresh and inviting - much like a good Right Bank Bordeaux; youthful, mild tannins and a burst of red fruit such as blackberry and cherry greet the palate, but i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley 2012


    Tasted Dec 2018....Been saving this one for a number of years now! Coloration is of pale gold, Champagne and hints of slate green, with super clear clarity. Aromas of mature Granny Smith apple, sweet Bartlett Pear, Gooseberry tartness, lime zest, slate rock minerals in the background and rich fungus infected grape. Flavors that follow suit, w... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Blue Mountain Chardonnay 2016


    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


    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


    Gift from Circle in 11/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2017


    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


    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

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