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Columbia Valley Wine Washington

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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  • Eroica Riesling 2017 Front Label
    Eroica Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners King Coal 2016 Front Label
    K Vintners King Coal 2016
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015 Front Label
    B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015
    Petit Verdot from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Powerline Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners Powerline Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP93
    • WS93
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  • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Boy Grenache 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Boy Grenache 2016
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse The Lovers 2016  Front Label
    Cayuse The Lovers 2016
    Other Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • B. Leighton Gratitude 2016  Front Label
    B. Leighton Gratitude 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery Besoleil 2015 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Besoleil 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2015 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gramercy Cellars The Third Man GSM 2016 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars The Third Man GSM 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Franc 2016 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP91
    • JD90
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