Monthly Archives: April 2014

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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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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What is bud break?

It’s nearly bud break time in the Yakima Valley, the season of rebirth in the vineyards.  Bud  break is when the grape starts its annual growth cycle. In the Yakima Valley this stage typically begins in mid-April. If the vines … Continue reading

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Yakima Valley, the Dawn of a New Wine.

Yakima Valley was the first winegrowing appellation established in Washington State, and the entire Pacific Northwest. The official American Viticultural Area (AVA) was designated in 1983. Pacific Northwest wine writer, Andy Perdue shares the modern day history of the Yakima … Continue reading

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