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

The Valley Grove Vineyard and the future of Armstrong Family Winery

The Valley Grove Vineyard It was a lovely afternoon in the Walla Walla Valley and Tim & Jennifer walked us around the property. (You can hear the crunch, crunch of the gravel under our feet in the video). Their Valley Grove Vineyard is located just north of Walla Walla Washington. From the Blue Mountains to […]

Bordeaux Bubbles? #Winophiles

Bordeaux… You think rich red wines, Cabernet or Merlot based. Or perhaps you think of Sauternes, those luscious sweet wines from southwest Bordeaux. But when you think of Bordeaux, do you think of bubbles? Probably not. It’s not easy to find crémant de Bordeaux in the US. I checked local wine shops, to no avail […]

Amstrong Family Winery – The Journey to Washington

We were driving through rolling hills of fields of wheat for as far as the eye could see. You’ve seen it. It’s popular for car commercials these days, and for good reason. It’s spectacular, and eerie. The vastness makes you feel at once both immense in this wide open vista and extremely small. So this […]

Nesting and pairing – polenta with red pepper and eggplant with a Rhône Style blend

Many of us, find ourselves staying in more these days. As I write this, Broadway has announced that all theatres over 500 seats will go dark through April. I sit in Vegas, a member of the entertainment industry, waiting to see what will happen here. I have friends in Washington, who are staying at home. […]

Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with JB Neufeld

We’d been up early, catching sunrise in Naches Heights, just outside the city of Yakima. After a quick bite to eat we went to meet Justin Neufeld, to talk about his JB Neufeld wines. We met out at Gilbert Cellars where he is the winemaker. Soon we were to find that there was a connection […]

Exploring New South Wales – Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is a large region and holds the lions share of wineries when you look at New South Wales. In this region which covers more than 30,000 square kilometres (that’s over 18,000 square miles) you will find more than 150 wineries and cellar doors. This is the oldest wine growing region in Australia. […]

On Australia – fires and wine

First things first. Many of the wineries and vineyards in Australia have been severely affected by the drought and the bush fires. The best way to help? Get out and drink Australian wine. Some of these vineyards may not have a vintage this year, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have wine. Most have their […]

Mudgee Region with Cara George

While visiting Australia in October of 2019 to attend the Wine Media Conference, we had the opportunity to meet and speak with Cara George the CEO of Mudgee Region Tourism. We visited Mudgee before the conference and soaked in the feel of this wonderful inland town where they are growing so many different varieties of […]

Exploring New South Wales – Mudgee #ouraussiewineadventure

During #ouraussiewineadventure in October we traveled to the Mudgee Region of New South Wales to spend a day exploring the town and the wineries that surround it. Mudgee, through the fires and the drought, is still open for business! From the beginning, I want to acknowledge that they are having a tough year, as is […]

Though the mountains may crumble…Apremont and some Alpine pairings #Winophiles

Inspired to find some “Godforsaken Grapes” At Cam’s suggestion, I picked up Jason Wilson’s “Godforsaken Grapes” to read for this month’s French #Winophiles piece. I’ve been devouring it whenever I have a moment free. On Saturday February 15th, the #Winophiles will gather on Twitter to talk about indigenous french grapes, “godforsaken grapes” if you will, […]