Category Archives: 52 Weeks of Wine

Chinook Wines: Quintessential Yakima Valley

Today’s post is an excerpt of an article posted on Washington Tasting Room website. Read the full article here. “WE REALLY don’t have that in mind,” says Kay Simon, co-owner of Chinook Wines, dismissing the notion of retirement.  Her husband, Clay … Continue reading

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Next steps for the Five-Vines of the Yakima Valley

This week’s blog post offers a look at the five Cabernet Sauvignon vines we are monitoring throughout the growing season. Each of these vines is located in a different meso climate or sub AVA within the Yakima Valley appellation. The images reflect … Continue reading

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A spotlight on Yakima Valley’s Sub AVA – Rattlesnake Hills

The Yakima Valley AVA grows more than 40 different varietals of wine grapes. The success of this diversity can be attributed to the many different growing aspects within the AVA. The micro climates, heat variations, and different soils types within … Continue reading

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A spotlight on Yakima Valley’s Sub AVA – Red Mountain

The diversity of the Yakima Valley is reflected within the three sub AVAs located within its boundaries. These AVAs include Snipes Mountain, Red Mountain, and Rattlesnake Hills. The focus of today’s blog is the Red Mountain AVA located on the far eastern side … Continue reading

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Yakima Valley grapes have begun their maturation process.

This week’s blog post offers a real-time visual of the five Cabernet Sauvignon vines we are monitoring during the growing season. Each of these vines is located in a different micro-climate or sub AVA within the Yakima Valley appellation. The images … Continue reading

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Yakima Valley’s Sub AVA – Snipes Mountain

The Yakima Valley AVA is home to three separate sub AVA’s; Snipes Mountain, Red Mountain, and Rattlesnake Hills. Each of these sub AVA’s contribute differently to the diversity of the Yakima Valley. The focus of today’s blog is Snipes Mountain … Continue reading

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Cabernet Sauvignon vine in bloom at DuBrul Vineyard

  The warm Yakima Valley weather is keeping the grape vines happy and growing. This Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vine from DuBrul Vineyard (one of the later grape varieties to bloom) is entering the next phase of development with the … Continue reading

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Yakima Valley brings the heat for photosynthesis

The Yakima Valley enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year, including more summer sun than San Diego, Phoenix, or Honolulu. What impact does this have on the award winning wine grapes of the Yakima Valley? In recent posts we’ve talked … Continue reading

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DuBrul Vineyard Five-Vine Cabernet bud break

DuBrul Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon vine in full bud break. Located in the middle of the Yakima Valley AVA, this vine is part of the 5-Vine Cabernet project. Picture taken 4/23/14. The was vine planted in 1992. This vine  grows in shallow … Continue reading

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Yakima Valley vineyards in various stages of bud break

The soft wool is giving way to pink-fringed leaf tips as Yakima Valley vineyards begin bud break. Many varieties of wine grapes are in various stages of bud break right now. This week’s blog post offers a real-time visual of the five … Continue reading

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