The Columbia River takes it’s time getting from the source in the Canadian Rockies to where it empties into the Pacific ocean. During the last 309 miles or so of it’s over 1200 mile journey, it serves as the border between Washington and Oregon. Along the way, it has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Northwest United States and serves a variety of ecosystems from alpine to wetlands – some perfect for growing grapes. In fact, the Columbia Gorge winegrowing region boasts over 30 wineries.
Winemaker: Columbia River Landing
Appellation: Columbia Valley, WA
Price: $4.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: This cheap Riesling from Trader Joe’s was a vivid yellow color. Light-bodied, it had decent acidity and 10.5% alcohol. Not surprisingly, it was sweet and presented mostly fruit flavors of peach and melon.
Columbia River Gorge