The Yakima Valley has experienced an unseasonably warm spring keeping wine grape growers busy. Warm weather this time of year shows the promise of another great vintage. “An early bloom usually means a good vintage,” according to Dick Boushey, Boushey … Continue reading
It’s that time of year again: Pruning. All year long the vines’ “hair” is allowed to grow to hippie-like length and then come late winter we treat them like they are reporting to boot camp by giving them crew-cuts. In … Continue reading
As far as John Williams and Jim Holmes were concerned, the plan was perfect. It was an 84-acre patch of desolate sagebrush and cheatgrass nestled between Red Mountain and the Yakima River. They did their research, of course, and as … Continue reading
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While celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Yakima Valley AVA, it makes sense to look at the wine from some of the early vineyards planted here. Flint Nelson, winemaker for Kestrel Vintners shares his impression of wines coming from a … Continue reading
This New Year’s Eve will be particularly special across the Washington State wine industry. As the clock strikes midnight, Yakima Valley grape growers and winemakers will start celebrating their 30th anniversary as part of the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) … Continue reading