If you have ever travelled in the northern part of the West Coast that stretches from British Columbia down to Washington State and Oregon, you know that this is a unique landscape filled with magnificent vistas. The region is also full of exciting wines, and appellation that produce very palatable wines.
Venture into the beautiful vineyards, visit the tasting rooms of wineries and discover their delicious wines.
British Columbia has four appellations, the most important and largest of which is Okanagan Valley.
Vineyards grace both shores of the Okanagan Lake, in the north and Skaha Lake in the south close to parallel 50 North separating the U S A and Canada.
Cool climate varieties like chardonnay, riesling and pinot noir grow well in the north, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petite verdot, syrah and others in the south.
There are many small wineries that vint excellent wines brimming with enticing fruit aromas, racy acidity and deep flavours.
Recommended wineries are – Mission Hill, Osoyoos Larose, NKMip Cellars, Lake Breeze, Sandhill, Burrowing Owl Vineyards, Calona Vineyards, Hainle Vineyards, Gehringer Brothers.
Washington State just south of British Columbia is best known for its red wines from the Columbia Valley with sub-regions Walla Walla Valley, Yakima valley that include Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills and Red Mountain.
Very long summer days and significant diurnal temperature changes produce grapes with pleasant acidity and deep flavours.
Cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot are the signature red grapes chardonnay and riesling grow well on the coast.
Washington State wines in general represent excellent value.
The largest winery is Chateau Ste Michelle, but there are hundreds of small operations that produce outstanding red wines – Columbia Crest, Cayuse, Hogue Cellars, Januik, Dr Loosen, Leonetti Cellar Vineyards, Kestrel Vintners Winery, and L’Ecole No 41 are just a few of them.
Oregon south of Washington State is best known for its pinot noir, but of late chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, and other grape varieties have been planted with encouraging results.
Oregon is a cool climate region and exceeds in pinot noir. They are succulent, caress the tongue, medium bodied, fruity, and balanced.
Try the wines of the following wineries with confidence – Pappas Winery Co, Erie Vineyards, J.Drouhin, Adelsheim Vineyards, Argyle Winery, Villa Kenzie, Bergstrom Wines, Torri Mor Winery, St. Innocent Winery. Amity Vineyards, Beaux Freres, Lamelson, Ponzi, and Cristom.