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 Scenic Route Part 6 – Visiting Rioja in Washington and dinner at a gas station in Walla Walla

It was a quiet morning as we drove south of Walla Walla toward the Oregon border. Pulling off Peppers Bridge Road into an area with several large wineries, we headed to the one that stood out architecturally. This was Valdemar. Bodgas Valdemar is known in the Rioja region of Spain, and has ventured to Washington […]

The Scenic Route Flash Tour 2019 Part 5 – One day 3 Washington AVAs

Roskamp Vineyard in the Snipes Mountain AVA After a good nights sleep, we were up early, but not too early, (not pre-dawn like the day before!) to meet Co Dinn up at Roskamp Vineyard on Snipes Mountain. As you are driving through the Yakima Valley, Snipes Mountain is hard to miss. It bubbles up in […]

The Scenic Route – Flash Tour 2019 Part 4 – Naches Heights and Yakima Valley

Day 5 What were we thinking!? A sunset shoot, followed by a sunrise shoot in Washington! Days here are longer. In July they are about 15 hrs. Sunset was 8:57 pm and sunrise is about 5:15 am. At least today we did not have a ton of driving to do. We were up really early […]

Stems

While in the Yakima Valley, we wanted to catch up with Barbara Glover who heads up Wine Yakima Valley.  She had put together an amazing tour for many of us in the Wine Media for the conference held in Walla Walla in Oct 2018.  The tour gave us an in depth look at this region […]

The Scenic Route – Flash Tour 2019 Part 3 – Columbia Gorge to the Yakima Valley

Day 4 – On to Washington Wine We stayed in Newberg in the Willamette Valley on the night of our third day. Sadly while this area is heaven for wine, we did nothing but sleep. But sleeping here got us closer to our morning stop, the Columbia Gorge. It would also put us closer to […]

French Poets, Philandering Kings and little sweetness from Jurançon #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are heading to the Sud Ouest of France.  That south west corner that seems rather quiet. You don’t hear much about it. Within it you will find French Basque Country and Jurançon.    On the coast is the Pays Basque with it’s wine region of Irouleguy.  When you continue east […]

The Scenic Route – Flash Tour 2019 Part 2 – Southern Oregon Applegate and Umpqua Valleys

Day 3 Southern Oregon & the Applegate Valley Day 3 had us up early and traveling back the way we had been the afternoon before. The Applegate Valley AVA in Southern Oregon established in 2000, is actually a sub AVA of the Rogue Valley AVA. From California’s border runs north 50 miles to the Rogue […]

The Scenic Route – Flash Tour 2019 – Part 1 Vegas to Southern Oregon

We headed out early. Not pre-dawn, but early enough to beat the heat in Death Valley. It was the top of a 12 day road trip that would take us almost 3800 miles, through so much stunning scenery that we almost became numb to the beauty. Almost. This was the Flash Tour 2019, that we […]

Los Hernández – Great authentic food in the Yakima Valley

So when you are in Yakima (probably tasting wine and visiting vineyards) and you ask where to go for lunch, everyone will say the same thing…”Los Hernández“. No fewer than 5 people told us this was the place to go. (we did have a shout out for Los 3 Pancho in Toppenish, where we were […]

Amphorae, riesling, Jura varieties and more with Beckham Estate Vineyard

Located in the Chehalem Mountains, Beckham is actually on Parrett Mountain on the south east end of the range.  We visited them in July of 2018 to hear their story.  It was a beautiful morning and Annedria set us up on the patio next to the tasting room, (which has a beautiful view), for our […]