Walla Walla County Wine

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Walla Walla is a wine region within Columbia Valley that straddles both Oregon and Washington. Wine-making began in the mid-1800s, when an influx of pioneers, many of them Italian immigrants, first settled in the area for the burgeoning fur trade and the Idaho gold rush. Though the commercial wine industry didn’t catch on in the region until the 1950s when the Pesciallo family established Blue Mountain Vineyards, the first in the region since the Prohibition. 
 
By the 1970s, wine-makers could see the potential for greatness thanks to climate conditions conducive to long growing seasons. The Cascade Mountain forms a natural rain shadow that protects the region, resulting in hot days and cool nights. There are a variety of terroirs extending through the region from the Blue Mountains downward. Glacial melt from the time of the Ice Age has left a deposit of rich, grape-friendly silt in much of the growing region. Walla Walla was granted AVA status in 1984.
 

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  • Grenache

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Wawawai Canyon Winery

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

  • Glen Fiona

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

  • Vital

    Our Story   Vital Wines produces wines that complete a circle.  All proceeds go to the SOS ...

  • Mannina Cellars

    Our wines are fermented in small open-top bins and hand punched three times a day in order to ext...

  • Gifford-Hirlinger

    Gifford Hirlinger is a small family owned operation that started way back in 2001. It was in tha...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

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  • Cs Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Collection Substance Jack's Vineyard 2014

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    Simple label - nearly identical with the regular CS Substance offering - but quite a notch up in quality, the Vineyard Collection (Jack's Vineyard) is a big winner: Almost black in the glass, with a truly wonderful blackberry, vanilla and cedar nose, this wine enters the mouth as smooth as the best cream, with nuances of cassis, red currant, and... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Garrison Creek Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2013

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    Very pleasant wine, Lots of read fruit on the tip of the tongue--cherry, raspberry. This is in stark contrast to my usual CS experience where I get black fruit. Noticeable acid makes the fruit even more bright. A nice, easy to drink wine, but not one that I would pair with a grand dinner. We're having grilled burgers, tonight, and I'm very ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah 2014

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    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Garrison Creek Cellars Syrah 2013

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    Attractive dark plum color. Dark fruit nose. Not as much fruit on the tip of the tongue as I would have guessed from the nose. Very nice. Quite stiff tannin, and good acid. I like this wine, but I think it needs more time for the various factors to integrate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Eternal Wines Eternal Beauty Rose Walla Walla Valley 2016

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    Simple cherry, cranberry and strawberry notes with a bit of a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Eternal Patience Roussane Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Creamy Meyer lemon and poached pear aromas. Okay and chunky on the palate with a zesty vanilla spice, muted citrus fruit on the mid palate and a finish of rich cream, melted butter and peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Drink Washington State Carmenere Walla Walla Valley 2014

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    Fruit forward and fresh with black cherry and blackberry aromas and bright cherry blossom notes. This is surprisingly full and bright on the palate with loads of fruit notes, mostly mixed berry, blueberry and cherry fruit with puckering acidity, chewy tannins and a punchy chocolate cherry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 1998

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    For being nearly old enough to vote, this wine seems quite vibrant, with a lovely garnet color in the glass with just a hint of amber at the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, cedar, oak and just a hint of musty peat reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux "funk." The taste brings forth some bright fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry col... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard Proprietary Red 2000

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    I let the wine decant for about 90 minutes before pouring. The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, with just a bit of opacity. The nose presents aromas of leather, blackberry, plum and a hint of forest floor. The taste presents surprising flavors of cherry cola up front that transitions nicely to some notes of mocha, nutmeg and baking spi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2000

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    The wine is a nice garnet color in the glass with a bit of brown along the edges. The nose presents lovely aromas of leather, basalt, blackberry and prune, sort of the classic aroma of a mature Bordeaux. The taste is surprisingly mellow and pleasant, with a rush of cherry cola up front that transitions to some notes of white pepper and mint mi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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