Although we love a good California wine, we're looking north for the next big thing. Within the last few decades, wines of the Pacific Northwest have exploded within the American market. With California wines rapidly climbing in both price and demand, vino lovers have begun seeking out the wines of neighboring Oregon and Washington-- and to no surprise, have fallen madly in love. Cooler climates, steep elevations, and an abundance of topographical variation provide these states with endless grape-growing possibilities. Not sure where to start? Check out these four regions below for some unforgettably delicious juice.
Known as “the world of wine in 40 miles," the Columbia Gorge presents a vast array of terroirs and microclimates, making it suitable for a bunch of different grape varieties. The AVA itself is quite unique, as it straddles the border of Oregon and Washington, causing it to exist in both states. Situated in the rain shadow of the Cascades, surrounded by rivers, and rustled by Columbia Gorge winds, there's really not much the Valley can't do; from Syrah to Gewurztraminer to Sangiovese, you won't have to look far to find your favorite variety within the Columbia Gorge AVA.