Canoe Ridge Explorer $14.99

From the Horse Heaven Hills in Washington’s Columbia Valley comes the Canoe Ridge Explorer, a red blend of fascinating flavors.

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The Explorer – Horse Haven Hills AVA – Columbia Valley

Canoe Ridge Explorer Red Blend 2015

We don’t see too many Washington State wines in the San Francisco Bay Area. When we do find them, they are mostly produced by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. They have many different brands. When I spot a Washington wine from a small producer at a great price, it is a must-try for me. I found the Canoe Ridge Explorer red wine at two Costco stores. I purchased one at the Concord Costco, and then four more at the Costco in San Bruno by the airport. The price is $14.99. Elsewhere, the average price is $19. On the Canoe Ridge Vineyard online wine shop, the Explorer is $20. $25% off at Costco is a very nice discount.

Canoe Ridge Explorer Review

I get a lot of different characteristics both in the nose and the taste. That’s what makes this wine appealing to me. The wine is well balanced, with a beautiful finish. Give the Explorer wine at least one hour of breathing time. It opens and becomes more aromatic and tasty. It is a good wine to enjoy while feasting on a roast chicken or a juicy steak.

Wine-Searcher.com indicates the Explorer is a red blend of 49% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are from vineyards in one of Washington’s finest AVA’s, the Horse Heaven Hills. We have tasted many red wines from this region and they all seem to be lovely. We rate the Canoe Ridge Explorer Red Blend at 90 Points. Wine & Spirits magazine gives it a Best-Buy rating. An added bonus is the beautiful label that adorns the red blend. Impressive!

In October of 2018, the Wine Bloggers Conference was held in the Yakima Valley and the Walla Walla area. It is a fantastic region to visit. Unlike our Napa Valley and Sonoma areas, there is much more grown than wine grapes. Apples, cherries, hops, and other crops abound. The area is teeming with foodies, and beer and wine aficionados. It is also much less expensive for touring than the Napa Valley or Sonoma. Consider a visit to Walla Walla and Washington in the Spring or Fall.



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A view of vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington

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Comments

  1. I did not find the Canoe Ridge Explorer at my closest Costco so will look further.
    Recently my wife and I spent four nights in the Prosser, WA Wine Country RV Park which is very close to Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain AVAs. We went there to join a college alumni meet-up. The main event (every night) was wine tasting. The wineries all came to the RV park where there was a room reserved for our group. It was great fun. I had not been to this area of WA in over 30 years. It has changed dramatically. There are over 200 wineries in the immediate area, 10 times what there was 10-15 years ago. Many of the wineries are small mom & pop places where wine is made outback in a tractor shed. This is very reminiscent of what Amador County CA was like 30-40 years ago. None of the wines we tasted were expensive. A few weren’t very good, IMO, but I tasted several wines in the $15-25 range that were well worth the money. I definitely will be going back.

    • Joe Becerra says

      The area reminds me of what the Napa Valley and Sonoma looked like in the 80’s. The city of Walla Walla is a fantastic wine town. I hope you find the Canoe Ridge. Joe

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