• Tempranillo rising in Washington

      Clusters of Tempranillo – prior to turning red – hang on estate vines at Tildio Winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan in Manson, Wash. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) One of the Old World’s most famous and beloved grape varieties is little more than a footnote in Washington, but a thirst for Tempranillo is beginning to grow.

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    • Making Grape Jelly from Backyard Grapes

      Before we get into Jellypalooza, I want to say hello and welcome to everyone who subscribed this weekend during (my mom) Sidonia’s 25th Annual Beli Danse Acadamie Hafla: Hi! Welcome! When we last discussed grapes, I demonstrated how I make large batches of beverage grape juice. I ended up making 12 quarts, which put a small dent in my harvest while leaving plenty for another ...

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  • José Maria da Fonseca: Portuguese Pride

    … 390, and met Domingos Soares Franco, the senior winemaker and vice president at José Maria da Fonseca. Domingos is part of the 6th generation of the Soares France family, and three members of the 7th generation are currently involved in the winery too. Domingos was the first Portuguese national to graduate in Fermentation Sciences (Viticulture…

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  • Autumn’s Claire-ity [sic]

    … RBuchanan photo: View south over Okanagan Lake toward Summerland, Naramata and Peachland as autumn arrives. Lately when it comes to my personal blog, I’ve been following the first half of Ernest Hemingway’s advice well. However, I’ve not been delivering so much on the second part of his advice to “Live it up so you can write it down.” In autumn…

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  • Cedro Do Noval 2009: A Touch Of The Rhône In Portugal

    … If you know the winery Quinta do Noval, you probably are familiar with their iconic Ports but did you also know they make table wines as well? Dating back to 1715, Quinta do Noval is one of the oldest Port houses and has been a pioneer in Port production in several different aspects. They were also one of the first producers to experiment…

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  • Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

    … Like a duck gliding slowly, wings spread wide, feet reaching for landing on a pond, we are slowly coming to the end of an extremely fast harvest. Last week we saw extreme temperatures. Extreme cold in the mid 40s and extreme heat in the mid 90s. I have seen some vineyards in Calistoga with frost damage at this point and that only reconfirms my…

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  • Harvest 2014: Week 9 – So Where Are We Going to Put That?

    … After the events of last week, my thoughts are that we are pretty much finished with the normal ripening process for this harvest. We had another rain storm that dropped an additional 1/2 in of rain on Calistoga and thunderstorms on Friday that brought a massive hail storm and lightning to the valley. Luckily it doesn’t seem that any fruit…

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  • How to Make Grape Juice

    … I almost titled this post “If I Never See a Grape Again….” Grapes are tiny and time consuming and when you have nearly 15 gallons of them you should carve out a couple of weeks for the preserving process. You may recall that my buckets looked like this after all the vines were picked: Bucket by bucket I dumped my harvest into the kitchen sink…

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  • The Wines Of Uruguay (Part 3)

    The Wines of Uruguay 2nd Annual U.S. Trade Tour was an excellent opportunity to sample and learn about a wide range of Uruguayan wines which are currently being exported to the U.S., though all are not yet available in Massachusetts. At this event, there were 16 wineries, pouring a total of over 80 wines, including Sparkling, Rosé, White, Red and Dessert wines.

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  • Weekly Wine Quiz #115: Grape Trivia – Muscat

    …, and it is possible that majority of the Vitis Vinifera grapes are offspring of Muscat. Muscat is actually a family, which includes about 200 different grapes – no wonder it is hard to figure out which one is which. Muscat grapes are grown both for winemaking and for the table grape consumption, which again makes it very unique (most of the Vitis…

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