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Beautiful Vineyard Landscape with road Depicted in Oil

Vineyard Landscape with road depicted in Oil

Wine Country, Wine Makers, tasting and exploration…

Wine Country, what great beauty lies in overlooking a vineyard in Autumn, from California to Washington State, New York, Arizona, Virginia, and beyond.  Grapes grown in various different climates and “terroir” (  from terre, “land” is the special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with the plant’s genetics ), bio-dynamically, or not.  Harvested and crushed, fermented via various methods with use of natural local yeast or added yeast to create the perfect balance of sugars and alcohol. 

The Science and Agricultural knowledge that has been gained overtime seems to have perfected the making of good, and or great, wine.  Experimenting with growing different grapes in different regions add to the complexity and variations of wine, blending to create the perfect blend or allowing the “Terroir” to dictate how the wine turns out are equally effective.  There are so many regions, so many variations in climate and in wine making style.  Exploring the many facets of wine and wine making could last several life times, there are so many wines to taste and enjoy and experience.

Our adventure in wine is merely just beginning,  there is so much information to soak up, so many nuances, so many regions to explore.  The journey, into the exploration and experience of wine is the best part (except for drinking).  As our name suggests, Crushed Grape Chronicles will be “chronicling” our adventures and explorations.  Follow along with us as we explore and taste wines from near and far, from Spain to Argentina, from Germany, France to Australia and New Zealand.  

We will visit wineries and talk to wine makers to be immersed with the wealth of knowledge and passion that each wine maker and winery brings to bear in their creation of their own unique wine and style.

Off we Go!

Start Exploring

  • Rethink Pink Rosés for the Thanksgiving Table
    Rosé for Turkey Day - Time to Rethink Pink with 3 delicious wines
  • The colors of Sweet Bordeaux
    Sweet Bordeaux Wines and Pairings from Opposite sides of the Globe #Winophiles
  • Travel in a bottle to visit Chile and Celebrate Carménère Day with 2 Chilean Carménères!
  • Youngberg Hill – Reminiscing and Making New Memories with 2 Youngberg Hill Pinot Noirs
  • Nashdale Lane 3
    Nashdale Lane – Great People, a Rainbow of Wines and the Perfect Glamping Experience in the Orange Wine Region
  • Groth 2019 Estate White Tasting and Pairing
    Groth 2019 Estate White - This Beautiful Inaugural Vintage Kicks it off in Style
  • Swift - Delicious Traditional Method Sparkling Wines from Printhie and the High Altitude Vineyards in Orange Australia
  • L'Ecole No 41 Columbia Valley 2017 Merlot with bleu cheese ice cream dessert
    L’Ecole No. 41 2017 Merlot with Dinner and a Unique Dessert
  • Map of the regions within the Champagne AOC
    Champagne Day 2020 - The wonderful Holiday we all really needed! #champagneDay
  • Bonterra 2018 Merlot upstairs
    Merlot from 2 big-name companies, that are worth finding for different reasons
  • Vineyards near Chateau Chalon Departement Jura Franche-Comte France photo by cornfield Adobe Stock
    Channeling Jura for a rooftop getaway with a bottle of Savagnin and friends #Winophiles
  • SusieSelby
    Celebrating Merlot month with a Selby Merlot from sonoma County
  • Angullong Vineyard in Cellar Door in Millthorpe, Orange NSW
    Angullong in Millthorpe - Wine, Welcome to Country, Indigenous Dances and bush Tucka in Orange NSW
  • #MerlotMe Selections to celebrate Merlot Month
    Merlot from elegant to badass. Time to #MerlotMe with #WinePW
  • The heritage slate roof at the Byng Street Boutique Hotel
    The Byng Street Boutique Hotel in Orange Australia - Treat yourself to Quiet Elegant Luxury
  • Vineyards spanning the landscape in Moldova courtesy Wine of Moldova
    Moldovan Wine - Moving forward while not losing track of the Authentic grapes of their past #WorldWineTravel
  • Kilauea crater circa 1978 scaled
    Mount Etna – The Awesome Power of active volcanos, and yes red wine with fish #ItalianFWT
  • Oregon Wine & Biodynamics with Troon and Winderlea
  • Vignobles de la Valée du Rhône Map of the Rhône Valley courtesy Inter Rhône
    A Côtes du Rhône from Franck Balthazar and a deconstructed pairing #Winophiles
  • Artist rendition of the Delevenzie region, it's cities and landscape. courtesy Consorzio DOC Delle Venezie
    Delle Venezie DOC – Italian Pinot Grigio raising the bar
  • Vineyards at Tablas Creek recently certified as Regenerative Organic
    Regenerative Agriculture at Tablas Creek - a meaningful way to farm #WinePW
  • 2 days in Orange? Too little time for this beautiful Australian wine region!
  • World map with dried cracking due to climate change
    Climate Change, Finding Sustainable Italian Wines and Why you should Care #ItalianFWT
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    Mike Sauer and the stories of Washington's Legendary Red Willow Vineyard
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    Red Willow Vineyard in Washington's Yakima Valley - an iconic vineyard and a trailblazer in Modern Washington Wine
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    3 regions 3 Exciting sparkling wines to try - Exploring bubbles on the fringe
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    Montlouis-sur-Loire – 2 Rivers, 3 Zeros and some delicious sparkling wine #Winophiles
  • Vinho Verde bottle history information
    What is Vinho Verde? 5 things I didn’t know about this perfect summer wine #WinePW
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    Pallotte Cac e Ove & Orecchiette with 2 Brilliant Cherry Red Rosatos from Southeast Italy #ItalianFWT
  • Pour in the Allley 5
    Pour in the Alley Virtual Tasting with Garagiste and 2 Fascinating wines from Greg Brewer
  • Map of the Languedoc-Rousillon Wine Region in France
    Snow-capped Pyrénées to the Mediterranean Sea – Exploring the Stunning and Diverse Roussillon Wine Region #Winophiles
  • Pantry Pairings Trimbach Tertini plus 20 scaled
    Pantry Pairings - Travel in a Bottle - Affordable Virtual travel in a pandemic
  • Sparkling Wine Week 10
    Unexpected Sparkling Wines from around the world
  • UNEINGESCHRAENKTE NUTZUNG OeWM OeWM weinbaugebiete generisch
    Zweigelt – Pink and Natty and so satisfying
  • The picnic patio at Girardet
    Girardet Vineyard - Sustainability in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley
  • The team at Caiarossa. Photo Courtesy Caiarossa
    Are Super Tuscans still relevant and worth my time and money?
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    Wine Events during a Pandemic
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    Champagne & BBQ, Chartogne-Taillet meets Rollin' Smoke (#Winophiles)
  • Rod Windrim Vigneron, Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard NSW Australia
    Digging into Biodynamic farming with Rod Windrim of Krinklewood
  • Updated AVA Region map 2019
    Finger Lakes Riesling and Alsatian Salmon
  • botellas apiladas en la bodega riddling racks in a cellar
    Cava: Traditional Method Sparkling Wine from Spain
  • Sangiovese Grapes for Tuscan Wine
    Sangiovese by another name…like Morellino or Prugnolo Gentile. (#ItalianFWT)
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    Krinklewood - Disco Balls, Biodynamics and the History of the Vineyard
  • Beautiful panoramic view on Valpolicella from San Giorgio in the province of Verona-Italy
    Valpolicella: More than Amarone
  • Map Yakima Valley 2019 courtesy of
    Chardonnay: Nuances in expressing site - an example from the Yakima Valley
  • Map of Italy
    Prosecco: Bubbles from Northern Italy's lush green hills
  • Vignoble-Beaujollais Map from Adobe Stock
    Flowers for Julien – Beaujolais in May #Winophiles
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    Le Cigare Blanc 2015 - a pairing, a look back and a look forward
  • Spanish Provinces Catalunya in Green
    Priorat: Medieval Monks, Modern Rebirth and Outstanding Wine from Spain
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    A Stunning Sunset View at First Ridge Vineyard
  • Emilia RomagnaredhighlightedinmapofItaly
    Lambrusco: A Virtual Visit and an Odd Pairing
  • Chicken Adobo with vermicelli rice noodles, mint, cilantro and carrots
    Nostalgia in a Wine and Food Pairing with Chardonnay
  • Lowe Wine - Drought, Biodynamics and Soil
  • Illahe Panorama
    Spring, Pappardelle and an Illahe Viognier
  • Map of the most important wine-growing areas in Argentina
    World Malbec Day and a grocery store Malbec
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    Finding Connections in the Northern Rhône
  • Fresh baked banana bread
    Thai turkey salad and Red Electra Moscato
  • Packet of Chicken Rosemary and orange slices in the sous vide cooker
    Easter Feaster! A last minute pantry pairing day.
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    An Australian Semillon and Malaysian Noodles
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    Comfort through food and wine - #pantrypairings and #travelinabottle
  • Map of Mudgee to Nullo Mountain (map via Google Maps)
    Lowe Wine - 2015 Nullo Mountain Riesling
  • David Lowe of Lowe Winery in Mudgee Australia
    Lowe Wine - a brief history with David Lowe
  • a large boulder just off of Kitzke's Candy Ridge Vineyard in Jim's yard
    Seth Kitzke on Kitzke Cellars, Upsidedown Wine and so much more.
  • Washington AVA Map Courtesy of Washington State, with Candy Mountain AVA
    A Vineyard walk on Candy Ridge, Candy Mountain AVA with Seth Kitzke
  • The bare cliff wall below the Audrey block at Amstrong Family Winery's Valley Grove Vineyard
    The Valley Grove Vineyard and the future of Armstrong Family Winery
  • Vignoble de Bordeaux
    Bordeaux Bubbles? #Winophiles
  • Armstrong Family Winery Barn at the Valley Grove Vineyard built in 1895 with clouds above
    Armstrong Family Winery - The Journey to Washington
  • Fresh herbs sage and rosemary
    Nesting and pairing - polenta with red pepper and eggplant with a Rhône Style blend
  • JB Neufeld Cabernet Sauvignon
    Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with JB Neufeld
  • Dessert at Muse Raspberry, white chocolate, rhubarb, wild fennel, liquorice Hunter Valley NSW Australia
    Exploring New South Wales - Hunter Valley
  • Lowe Wine20191006 1762
    On Australia - fires and wine
  • Mudgee Region with Cara George
  • Lowe Wine20191006 1055 Pano
    Exploring New South Wales - Mudgee #ouraussiewineadventure
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    Though the mountains may crumble...Apremont and some Alpine pairings #Winophiles
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    A tale of two syrahs
  • Red Mountain AVA, I searched for a vineyard using biodynamic practices. Sarah Hedges Goedhart and Hedges Family Estate
    Sarah Hedges Goedhart on her journey to winemaking and biodynamics
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    Hedges Family Estate - Red Mountain Washington - the history
  • Map of French Wine Regions
    French Wine...where to begin? #Winophiles
  • Wine country youtube
    Social media etc...for wine writers (and wine enthusiasts)
  • Washington-AVA-Map-courtesy-of-Washington-State-wine
    Red Mountain AVA Yakima Valley Washington

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