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

Hedges Family Estate – Red Mountain Washington – the history

I had heard of Red Mountain. It is on the East end of the Yakima Valley AVA in Washington and was all the buzz. I had even heard it called “Washington’s Napa”. I was skeptical, not of the wines, but of the buzz. So on our first trip to Washington for a wine conference in […]

French Wine…where to begin? #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are diving into a French Wine 101.  It’s timely as we all enter our comments to the government in opposition to proposed 100% European wine tariffs.  (If you have not heard about this, I’ll post some links at the bottom for more information.) We have done a bit of writing […]

Social media etc…for wine writers (and wine enthusiasts)

I’m not going to claim to be any kind of expert on social media. I’m just a wine writer, trying to find her way and maybe find her tribe? We’ve been publishing pieces on Crushed Grape Chronicles for a while now. A bit before that there was an incarnation called Rootstock. We are always searching […]

Red Mountain AVA Yakima Valley Washington

Red Mountain. If you have not heard of it, it perhaps conjures thoughts of red earth, or red trees covering a towering mountain. If you have heard of it, your brain defaults straight to Cabernet Sauvignon. Red Mountain is an AVA in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. Here is a quick reminder on Washington […]

How to measure a year – 2019, specifically..

Years….they used to take forever! No longer. Now they often seem to speed by in a blur. The coming of the New Year makes me nostalgic. I sit warm, happy with a full belly and I remember that this is not to be taken for granted. Time for a little reflection and gratitude. I head […]

Champagne – a history beyond the bubbles

The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel Kristin Harmel’s novel “The Winemaker’s Wife” takes a story of Champagne during World War II and brings it to life.  She takes us through the day to day of characters experiencing the events of the war in different ways, even as they walk the same vineyard.  She also contrasts […]

12 Days of Wine Day 12 – Syncline

Syncline Let’s start with the name. Syncline…where does that come from? It was a new word to me. This winery & vineyard in located in the Columbia Gorge AVA. Vineyards are typically in scenic areas. Grapes like a view. But the Columbia Gorge? Come on…this is a pretty stellar backdrop. So…back to the meaning of […]

12 Days of Wine Day 11 – Johan

What wine list of ours would be complete without a bottle from Johan. The Van Duzer Corridor The Van Duzer Corridor is one of the newer AVA’s in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The TTB approval of the AVA happened in December of 2018 (7 years after they started the process). So what is this corridor and […]

12 Days of Wine Day 10 – Girardet

If you have tried today’s variety I want to hear about it! This is Baco Noir, a French American hybrid created by Francois Baco from folle blanche (which is a wine grape from France) and a red grape of the vitis riparia species (comes from America, but the exact grape is unknown). This variety is […]

12 Days of Wine Day 9 – Wooldridge Creek

We are sticking to Southern Oregon today, but…we are into a white wine. Viognier is a white Rhône variety that has found a home in the new world. It is thought to be the leading white variety in Virginia, where it does very well. You will find it in California where it can vary in […]