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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

Columbia Valley

 

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

The Climate

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.

The Grapes

The Columbia Valley is home to over 99% of all of Washington’s vinifera acreage. Nearly 60% of the region’s vineyards are dedicated to full-bodied red wine varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted grape followed by Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah.

The Taste

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.

Varietals Worth Exploring

In the Columbia Valley

2019 Wine Spectator Award Winner

Three Years Running 

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