When you have made and sold Riesling for years you have to accept that some misconceptions just won’t die. How many times do I have to explain that not all Rieslings are sweet and that sweet wines are not lower in quality than dry wines. Unfortunately too many consumers have those ideas so central to […]… read more
It’s the grapes, stupid!
Just a quick note to display my gratitude to the sun god for giving us a great end of August. GDD are catching up with last year and last year saw a disastrous September which so far does not look like a repeat this year. We might have a great vintage on our hands…..… read more
As we are entering the final stretch of the grape growing season, the growers and wineries of Washington State have published their projected harvest numbers. Below are the top key points: Total estimated crop is 20% below last year due to a freeze kill this winter – 128K tons vs 160K tons in 2010 – […]… read more
Let me remember 2010… A cool growing season My first harvest in Washington was 1998 (5th warmest season on record ) and if you take out 1999 (The 4th coolest season), it has been the coolest season in many years. The seventies and mid-eighties were very cool years as well but really for the past […]… read more
Quick update on the growing season (or lack of growing season one might say). The cold weather on the West coast is affecting the Columbia Valley and right now the vine growth is pretty anemic. Check out the growing degree day chart below: 2011 is not even off the ground – 10 degree days total […]… read more