from grapes to wine

Learn about the grapes and varietals that create the wines you love.  We help you explore the journey these grapes take from getting from the vine to your glass, the history of the grapes, the growing seasons, harvest, fermentation, barrels, bottling to your glass. We even talk to the wine makers about their stories and the journey from dirt to glass.

We break this down into three categories.

(more varietals will be added as we continue to explore all of the variations)

White Wines

light bodied Whites

the wines

Albariño

Gruner Veltliner

Muscadet

Pinot Gris

Picpoul

Sauvignon blanc

Soave

Vermentino

 

full bodied Whites

the wines

Chardonnay

Marsanne Blend

Semillon

Viognier

 

 

aromatic Whites

the wines

Chenin Blanc

Gewurtraminer

Muscat Blanc

Reisling

Torrontes

 

Red Wines

light bodied Red

the wines

Gamay

Pinot Noir

 

 

 

 

 

 

medium bodied Red

the wines

Barbera            Montepulciano

Cabernet Franc      Negromaro

Carignan      Rhone/GSM Blend

Carmenere              Sangiovese

Grenache     Valpolicella Blend

Mencia                           Zinfandel

Merlot

full bodied Red

the wines

Aglianico                  Petit Verdot

Bordeaux Blend          Petit Sirah

Cabernet Sauvignon     Pinotage

Malbec                                     Syrah

Mouvedre                    Tempranillo

Nebbiolo             Touriga Nacional

Nero D’avola

Specialty Wines

Sparkling Wine

the wines

Cava

Champagne

Lambrusco

Prosecco

 

 

 

the wines

Rosé

 

 

 

 

 

desert wines

the wines

Madeira            Fortified Wine

Marsala     Late Harvest Wine

Port              Dried Grape Wine

Sauternais                    Ice Wine

Sherry                Noble rot wine

Vin Santo

 

blog posts on wine

Seth Kitzke on Kitzke Cellars, Upsidedown Wine and so much more.

After checking out the Syrah out back, Seth walked us to the vines out front.  Here you walk between 2 vineyards, Kitzke‘s Candy Ridge vineyard and their neighbor Jim’s vineyard.  (You can read our previous piece in the back block here.) Boulders the size of VW buses! Out front is where Jim’s old vine stuff […]

A Vineyard walk on Candy Ridge with Seth Kitzke

It was July 2019 and we were on summer whirlwind trip called #thescenicroute.  We had come from the beautiful Columbia Gorge region and were meeting Seth Kitzke at Candy Ridge Vineyard at Candy Mountain. We pulled in and up to the Kitzke Cellars tasting room, on a Monday. Their tasting room is only typically open […]

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 […]