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

Illahe into the Cellar, out to the vineyard and back in time

We continue our visit with Lowell Ford of Illahe Vineyard in the proposed Mt. Pisgah/Polk County AVA in the Willamette Valley, by leaving the upper level of their gravity flow winery and heading into their new wine cave completed in 2015. Both the winery with it’s barrel shaped ceiling and the wine cave, set into […]

Where are the Women in Champagne? #Winophiles

Women in Champagne.  It’s a simple title.  I looked forward to learning and researching about Women in Champagne as we put together our piece for the Winophiles this month.  As I set forth to do some research, I found two stumbling blocks, Champagne and Women.  Do a search, try it now…I’ll wait. Probably the first […]

Yakima Valley – Wine and beyond with Wine Yakima Valley’s Flavor Camp

We had an opportunity this past fall to travel to Washington to explore their wine scene as we attending the Wine Bloggers Conference (which has since been renamed the Wine Media Conference) held in Walla Walla Washington. One of the great things about the conference is that they offer Pre and Post Conference Excursions.  These […]

Illahe Vineyards – Into the Winery

Last July we made the drive out to Illahe Vineyards in the southern part of the Willamette Valley.  The vineyard is south west of Salem, Oregon, in the proposed Mt. Pisgah/Polk County AVA.  Kathy Greysmith, the tasting room manager, took us through a tasting of the white wines and then Lowell the owner and grape […]

Illahe – flowers, deep roots, happy cows and birds…oh and wine grapes.

We made the drive toward the southern part of the Willamette Valley to visit Illahe.  (ILL-a-he)  We were staying in Newburg and took the opportunity to get up early and drive south through the Eola-Amity Hills and then down to Salem.  In Salem we made a stop along the Willamette River at Minto-Brown Island Park […]

Curled up with a Bandol and a book – #Winophiles

Life gets busy. These days I find myself reading quite a bit, but the reading I am doing is often short articles or posts on my phone. I long for a cold, perhaps rainy day where I can curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book. Oh and perhaps a good glass of wine.

Crushed Grape Chronicles & a visit to Illahe Vineyards

We made the drive toward the southern part of the Willamette Valley to visit Illahe.  (ILL-a-he)  We were staying in Newburg and took the opportunity to get up early and drive south through the Eola-Amity Hills and then down to Salem.  In Salem we made a stop along the Willamette River at Minto-Brown Island Park […]

Barrel Tasting with Rudy Marchesi at Montinore Estate

After a wonderful interview with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate discussing the Missoula Floods, the history of Montinore estate and their wines as well as Biodynamics in the vineyard and garden, Rudy invited us to the cellar for a barrel tasting. Winemaker Stephen Webber On the way, we went through the lab, where we met […]

Fabulous French Biodynamic Wines and some Exquisite Pairings #Winophiles

biodynamic adjective bio·​dy·​nam·​ic | \ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-di-ˈna-mik, Definition of biodynamic  1 : of or relating to a system of farming that follows a sustainable, holistic approach which uses only organic, usually locally-sourced materials for fertilizing and soil conditioning, views the farm as a closed, diversified ecosystem, and often bases farming activities on lunar cycles Followers of biodynamic […]

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 […]