• Betz Family Winery to plant Walla Walla Valley vineyard

      SeVein is a 2,700-acre vineyard development in the southern Walla Walla Valley near Milton-Freewater, Ore. Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Wash., has purchased land to plant its first estate vineyard there. (Photo courtesy of SeVein) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – One of Washington’s most storied wineries is planting its first estate vineyard – and it will be in the southern Walla Walla Valley.

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    • Friday Feature Photo: Gripping Tannins

      Photographer: Albertina Torres Capture Date: October 12, 2013 Location: Caudete de las Fuentes, DO Utiel-Requena (Valencia-Spain) About: Albeit the odd “duck” of the grape family, the flesh and juice as well as the skin of Alicante Bouchet is dark red, teetering on black. These Teinturier variety grapes also include the Georgian grape, Sapera ...

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  • Tempranillo rising in Washington

    …. The red grape of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions is the fourth-most-planted grape variety in the world at more than a half-million acres of vines. That’s enough for the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) to celebrate with International Tempranillo Day, which takes place Thursday. In Washington, there’s ample reason…

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  • Making Grape Jelly from Backyard Grapes

    … layer. I brought the grapes to a gentle boil and watched them split over the next 15 minutes. 2 cups at a time, I smashed a grapes/water mixture through a mesh colander and strained the juice with cheesecloth. Please see my post on grape juice for a more in-depth look at this process, which was performed identically. I went from…

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  • José Maria da Fonseca: Portuguese Pride

    …. The J.M. da Fonseca winery is located in the village of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, on the Setúbal Peninsula. just south of Lisbon. As the senior winemaker, Domingos has a trusted team in place, allowing him the ability to travel during harvest time. The winery possesses over 1600 acres of vineyards, growing about 35 different grapes. Domingos has been…

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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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  • Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

    … really can’t stand running. I much prefer dancing, Pilates, Yoga, or even biking to running. However, if I want to push myself I can’t stick with the easy stuff. I have to motivate myself to do it. Unfortunately my training has been hindered by an fateful run in with a tick sometime last month and fighting the resulting infection that may potentially…

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  • Final harvest for Paul Champoux

    … Paul Champoux looks at his 1972 block of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Horse Heaven Hills. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) ALDERDALE, Wash. – In the next few weeks, one of Washington’s most talented and respected grape growers will harvest his last cluster of grapes. The 2014 harvest will be Paul Champoux’s last. The man who…

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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

    … to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally. I could see the grapes begin to split and soften. After about fifteen minutes I removed them from the heat and mashed them gently in the pot. Next came some elbow grease. First I used a mesh colander to strain the grapes with water (“grape water”). My colander allowed for 2 cups of grape water at a time…

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