Massive silt-filled flooding and raw scrapping by the Pacific Northwest's mightiest river, the Columbia, describes the geological history of one of Washington States newer AVAs, the Ancient Lakes.
A quick peek at photographs of the region instantly reveal the AVA's tormented geology located smack in the middle of the state having the second most vineyard land in the USA.
Instead of just one, lets feel the hot dry Autumn air at two Ancient Lakes AVA's vineyards: Cave B Estate Winery and White Heron Cellars.
|Cave B Estate Vineyards: Cave B Winery and Resort are about 20 minutes south of Quincy, Washington. The Columbia flows some 1,200 miles, from the base of the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon.|
|Cave B Estate Vineyards: At Cave B, the red grape varieties are planted closest to the river, while Germanic white varieties are planted a mile to the east, where a shorter growing season, and slightly cooler temperatures prevail.|
|White Heron Cellars: Smack in the middle of Washington State, the White Heron Cellars' vineyard and winery site overlook the powerful geology-carving Columbia River and in the distance, the undulating foothills of the Cascade Range. Estate varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Syrah, Rousanne and Viognier.|
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