With a latitude similar to that of Bordeaux and Burgundy, one can only expect exceptional wines from Columbia Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) in Washington State. The Columbia River Basin was created from Ice Age floods leaving behind layers of gravel, sand and silt mixed with volcanic soils. This free draining sandy soils and cold winters have deterred Phylloxera. As a result most of the grapes in this AVA are planted on their own root-stocks, which is advantageous from a quality point of view.
Charles Smith is somewhat of a self-taught, legend of a winemaker with a wacky approach to his labels. I tasted his Kung Fu Girl Riesling a few years ago and have never forgotten it, partly due to the name and label, but mainly because it is the most refreshing, mouth-watering wine I have ever tasted. Read more