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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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  • Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016  Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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  • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2018
    Riesling from 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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  • Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Browne Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Browne Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate 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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  • 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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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon 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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  • K Vintners River Rock Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners River Rock Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, 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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  • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2016  Front Label
    Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, 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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  • Canoe Ridge The Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Canoe Ridge The Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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  • Spring Valley Frederick Estate Red 2015 Front Label
    Spring Valley Frederick Estate Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JD93
    • JS93
    • RP91
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