Winemaking

Long Lost Sublime – A Wine Tasting Tale

Long Lost Sublime – A Wine Tasting Tale

Yesterday my beau asks me, “Are you going to work today or what?” I chuckled, “I don’t know… I kind of like this office. I’m getting a lot done here.” I’ve been working from home, trying to finish the permit application package for the new tasting room. It’s been tedious work that has required my […]

Weekly photo challenge: Foreign

The language used around the winery is entirely Foreign to me. It seems every time I round a corner I run into some strange writing or contraption. Like any foreign language, it can be learned. All it takes is curiosity, practice,¬†and a patient teacher. Fortunately for me, I have all three. Who would have guessed […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

WordPress has a weekly photo challenge – Love It! This week’s theme: Happy The only hard thing about meeting this challenge was narrowing down the photos. There is *oh so much* about wine country making me happy these days.

Frost Visits the Vineyards

I got to accompany our winemaker Joe to the vineyards this morning! We were picking up Merlot grapes from Pepper Bridge and Tempranillo grapes from Les Colline. The short drive was absolutely picturesque, with miles and miles of vineyards rolling along the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Last night, the temperature in Walla Walla dipped […]

Punch Down!

The winery is a very busy place during harvest. The winemaker or his assistant¬†is here at least three times a day – religiously – at 8:00a, 2:00p, and 9:00p to tend to the fermenting grapes. A critical task during these sessions is the punch down. For my football fanatics, think BIG score. The punch down […]

Do the Grapes have a Fever?

When I told Mom that the winemaker checks the temperature of the wine three times a day, she asked me, “Why does he do that? Do the grapes have a fever??” lol At the time I didn’t know. I figured it must have something to do with the fermentation process, since fermentation creates heat. I […]

Merlot the Grape

Merlot the Grape

Being a “lifelong” fan of Merlot, I was super excited when I found out that Merlot was the next lot of grapes to arrive. I was not about to miss out on this little taste test. After posting this photo on Facebook, my friend Michael asked me to describe the taste right off the vine. […]