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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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Yakima Valley’s Five Vines in various stages of veraison

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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Cabernet Sauvignon in Veraison

We’ve read from our Five Vine grower participants this summer that Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the later  varieties to ripen. Kerry Shiels of DuBrul Vineyard announced this morning that the Cabernet vine at DuBrul Vineyard is in veraison. During the month of August the grapes … Continue reading

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Yakima Valley vineyards see rapid shoot growth and pre-bloom

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 are located in a different micro-climate or sub AVA within the Yakima Valley appellation. The images reflect what the plants currently look … Continue reading

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The balance of Yakima Valley wines

Balanced Wine: The way in which a wine’s key components including fruitiness, sweetness, acidity, and tannin co-exist. A well-balanced wine displays a harmony of components, with no single element dominating. Balance is often used in describing a wine. But what makes a well balanced … 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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What to look for in a barrel sample.

This weekend marks Yakima Valley’s annual Spring Barrel Tasting event.  It is the most popular annual event for the Valley vintners and those who appreciate fine wines. Besides enjoying the predictably sunny weather in eastern Washington, barrel-tasting weekend is an opportunity … Continue reading

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