from Dirt to Glass

Wine it’s simply crushed and fermented grapes. The variations and the stories are what make it so fascinating. I love that we talk about wine breathing…it is a reminder that wine is alive and changing. Perhaps even more important than any of this is the story of the winery, the winemaker and the people who love these wines, their philosophies and the different ways they bring their reverence to the grape. The variations in wine are beyond comprehension. And the stories behind the wines are as lush and beautiful as the wines themselves. Our goal at Crushed Grape Chronicles is to explore and chronicle the grape and it’s many stories and it’s journey from dirt to glass. Join the Adventure!

From dirt to glass, learn all about the steps grapes take from getting from the vine to your glass.  The history of the grapes, the growing seasons, harvest, fermentation, barreling, bottling, the long journey to your glass. We talk to the Wine makers about their stories and the journey from dirt to glass.

Grapes in Veraison close-up

the Grapes

the history of each varietal, we lead you through the history and story of each grape.

Corner 103 wine glasses

wine education

the exploration of the many facets of wine

Wine Basics

smelling, tasting, food, cheese, the exploration

Opus 1, Napa Valley, CA grapes

the Vines

the stories of the vines, where they grow, climate, types of grapes, and how they are grown.

Michael Larner

the wine makers

the farmer, the scientist, the dreamer, the passion

Napa Vineyard

the Seasons

the seasonal changes and the stories, trials and tribulations of the journey of the grape on its way to harvest.

Picking Pinot Noir at Clos Pepe

the Harvest

when to harvest, the science, the philosophy, the process

the stories behind the vines

Biodynamics at Montinore Estate

In our conversation with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estates, we asked him about biodynamics. The winery was Certified biodynamic in 2008. Rudy had set this process up while he was still working for the Montinore Estate as an employee. The Motivation & learning Pheloxera was what originally motivated him to look at biodynamics. They had […]

Pairing with Bubbles – Gloria Ferrer and the amazing Sarah Tracey

It’s the season for bubbles and this past October I was able to do an amazing tasting and pairing event with sparkling wines from Gloria Ferrer at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla Washington. I met Sarah Tracey of The Lush Life the evening before her Bubbles and Bites Seminar at WBC18. At the […]

The 12th Day arrives…2009 Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie & Duck

The 12th Day of Wine demanded digging in the cellar for something special and Michael perused the Tablas Creek Wines that we patiently wait to open, allowing them to age as we gaze longingly at the Vintage chart waiting for them to be in their prime. It’s worth noting that as we gazed at the […]

On the 11th Day – A Ballard Canyon Syrah from Larner & Beef Stew

We’ve come to the 11th Day in our 12 Days of Wine and we pulled a beautiful bottle of Ballard Canyon Syrah out from Larner Vineyard & Winery. 2013 Larner Estate Syrah – Reserve Our finest Syrah from the 2013 vintage has a vivid bouquet of violets, cassis, blueberries, pepper, vanilla and espresso. The intense, […]

On the 10th Doon of Wine…short ribs and Syrah from Bonny Doon

Randall Grahm is one of the hardest working guys in wine and he has always been an “of the people for the people” kinda guy.  I remember meeting him for the first time at a conference dinner 5 or so years ago.  A fan of his blog, I was a little star struck, but he […]

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Wine with Beckham Estate AD “Creta” Pinot Noir & bacon wrapped dates

Andrew Beckham has merged his two loves, ceramics and wine.  The bottle for this wine lists it as “Creta A.D. Beckham MMXVI Amphora Pinot Noir”.  This wine was made in a terra cotta vessel.  A vessel made right here in his studio on the vineyard.  There is a long story to go with this.  A […]

On the 8th day…a Cabernet..well a Cabernet Franc…a Blanc de Franc at that.

Day 8 of our 12 Days of Wine found us doing a late night pairing.  We met Leah Jørgensen of Leah Jørgensen Cellars this summer and had a wonderful conversation with her about her wines and so many other things.  You can find all that info here. One of the unique wines that she makes […]

The 7th day Pizza & wine in your PJ’s

On the 7th day…well we rested! Eating Pizza and Sucking Glass with Maloof Wines. Eat pizza, suck glass. The Mantra from RossandBee at Maloof Wines  We have been cooking a lot lately, and these 12 Days of Wine are keeping us busy.  Today on the 7th day of Wine, we rest. We pick up a […]

On the 6th day there was Joyful Noise

On the 6th day of Wine we opened our bottle of  Joyful Noise Pinot Noir made by Deven Morganstern.  2015 Joyful Noise Pinot Noir We met Deven and Callie  of Joyful Noise at the Uncommon Wine Festival this summer and spoke with them about the 2015 Pinot Noir.  The grapes for this wine come from […]

Day 5 Müller Thurgau from Montinore Estate and crab and celery root crostini

It’s the fifth day of wine here at CGC this holiday season, and today we are enjoying a wine from the Northwest Willamette Valley, in the proposed Tualatin Hills AVA from Montinore Estate. We have been doing a bit of posting lately about our trip to Montinore Estate and our visit with Rudy Marchesi.  You […]