Wines of the Columbia Valley
The Pacific Northwest grows some of the most unique varietals of wine in the world. That’s why each month, we’re showcasing a different local wine region at Skamania. This September, taste the bold and fruit-forward flavors of the Columbia Valley with our specially curated wine list in the Cascade Dining Room.
Featured Winery of September
BORNE OF FIRE
Borne of Fire wine is sourced from a remote region in the southwest corner of the Columbia Valley, known by locals as “The Burn.” This region was named from legends of early settlers who set fire to the land in the fall to replenish and rejuvenate the grasslands for their horses in the spring.
The Burn sees one of the longest and warmest growing seasons in the state. With soil rich in clay, fierce winds, and the Columbia River rushing by its side, The Burn quickly found its calling as an unparalleled wine growing region. Borne of Fire is a wine that, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, has laid claim to this unique land with a torrid past and found its true awakening: grape growing.
Learn more about Borne of Fire with our September Blog and make sure to taste their Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay in the Cascade Dining Room.
Skamania's September Wine List
Take your palate on a journey through the Columbia Valley with Skamania’s specially curated wine list available in the Cascade Dining Room this September.
Plus take an extra 10% off when you purchase a bottle!
Columbia Valley Wine List | Available through September
Skamania's September Wine List from the Columbia Valley
Save an extra 10% when you purchase a bottle.
Borne of Fire Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, WA 2018
Stone Fruits, Flowers, Hint of Tarragon
45 w/discount 39
Borne of Fire Cabernet, Columbia Valley, WA 2017
Pomegranate, Stoney Minerals, Cherry, Currant, Savory Spice, Red Pepper
52 w/discount 47
Balboa, Rose, Columbia Valley, WA 2017
48 w/discount 43
L’ecole “Lumineesce”, Columbia Valley. WA 2015
Citrus Honey, White Peach, Lemon Tart
55 w/discount 49
Bookwalter, Cabernet, Columbia valley, WA 2016
Aromatics of Cassis, Red Currants, Blackberries
49 w/discount 44
Quilceda Creek, Cabernet, Columbia Valley, WA 2013
Raspberry, Plum, Cassis, Fig, Violet, Graphite, Cedar
300 w/discount 270
Dunham Cellars, Cabernet. “XXI”. Columbia valley, WA 2015
Black Currants, Fennel, Dried Herbs
88 W/discount 80
Col Solare, Cabernet, Columbia Valley WA 2014
Black Cherries, Currants, Cinnamon, Rose Petals, Vanilla, Chocolate
120 w/discount 108
L'ecole, Merlot, Columbia Valley, WA 2014
Blackberry, Violet, mint, huckleberry, plum, baking spice,
68 w/discount 61
Efeste, “Final Final” red blend, Columbia Valley, WA 2014
Red, black, and blue fruits, barrel spice, savory grilled herbs
57 w/discount 52
De Lille Cellars, D2, Columbia Valley, WA 2013
Black cherries, raspberries, kirsch liquor, cocoa powder, toasty oak notes
90 w/discount 81
Quilceda Creek, “CVR”, Red Blend CV WA 2015
Crème de cassis, kirsch, violets
105 w/ discount 94
Located underneath the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain range, the Columbia Valley has an arid and semi-arid climate. On average it receives 6-8 inches of rainfall each year. The soils are predominantly loess (wind-blown silt and sand soils created by the Missoula Floods) which results in wines with bold aromatics. During the growing season, the valley sees warm and dry temperatures which provides growers with ample control, leading to minimal vintage variation and high-quality wines.
If you’re a fan of bold, fruit forward red wines, then you’ll love the flavors that arise from the Columbia Valley. For Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers, you’ll find a symphony of black cherry, cassis and light high-toned herbal notes. Merlots are known for their redolent red fruit aromas and hint of sweet cherries, red currants, raspberries, along with chocolate and the occasional mint. Rieslings offer a cooler aroma with flavors of lime, lemon, and green apple. Syrahs serenade your palate with a range of dark fruit such as blackberries, to blueberries and cranberries.