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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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Eroica Riesling 2017 Front Label
        Eroica Riesling 2017
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2017 Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2017
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
          L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
            Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2018
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Poet's Leap Riesling 2017 Front Label
            Poet's Leap Riesling 2017
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Browne Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
            Browne Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017
            Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Altered Dimension Sauvignon Blanc  Front Label
              Altered Dimension Sauvignon Blanc
              Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • L'Ecole 41 Semillon 2016 Front Label
                L'Ecole 41 Semillon 2016
                Semillon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                  Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018
                  Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Pinot Gris 2018  Front Label
                  Boomtown by Dusted Valley Pinot Gris 2018
                  Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Pacific Rim Riesling 2018  Front Label
                  Pacific Rim Riesling 2018
                  Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Barnard Griffin Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
                  Barnard Griffin Sauvignon Blanc 2017
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
                    Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015
                    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Substance Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017  Front Label
                    Substance Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Hogue Riesling 2018  Front Label
                    Hogue Riesling 2018
                    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Hogue Pinot Grigio 2017 Front Label
                      Hogue Pinot Grigio 2017
                      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Charles Smith Wines Eve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
                        Charles Smith Wines Eve Chardonnay 2017
                        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
                          Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
                          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
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                          • Mercer Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
                            Mercer Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2016
                            Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2018  Front Label
                            Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2018
                            Riesling from Ancient Lakes, Columbia Valley, Washington
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