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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!

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    Unexpected Sparkling Wines from around the world
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    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 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
  • Amstrong 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
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    On Australia - fires and wine
  • Mudgee Region with Cara George
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    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
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    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)
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    Red Mountain AVA Yakima Valley Washington
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  • Sunrise on vineyard , Montagne de Reims, France
    Champagne - a history beyond the bubbles
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    12 Days of Wine Day 12 - Syncline
  • View of the Johan Vineyard in the Van Duzer Corridor of Oregon's Willamette Valley
    12 Days of Wine Day 11 - Johan
  • Girardet Tasting Room in Umpqua Valley in Southern Oregon
    12 Days of Wine Day 10 - Girardet
  • Wooldridge Creek The Scenic Route
    12 Days of Wine Day 9 - Wooldridge Creek
  • Cowhorn Entrance Gate in the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon
    12 Days of Wine Day 8 - Cowhorn
  • Map of French Wine Regions
    The Multiple Expressions of Vouvray! #Winophiles
  • Panorama of the view from Mae's Vineyard
    12 Days of Wine Day 7 - Quady North
  • Armstrong's Valley Grove Vineyard Barn Walla Walla Washington
    12 Days of Wine Day 6 - Armstrong Family Winery
  • Justin of JB Neufeld at Gilbert Cellars in Washington's Yakima Valley AVA
    12 Days of Wine Day 5 - JB Neufeld
  • Cote Bonneville, Tasting Room Sunnyside Washington
    12 Days of Wine - Day 4 Côte Bonneville
  • Valdemar Estates Winery and Tasting Room in Walla Walla Washington
    12 Days of Wine - Day 3 - Valdemar Estates
  • The Chapel on the Chapel Block at Red Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley Washington
    12 Days of Wine 2019 - Day 2 Owen Roe
  • Hedges Family Estate the garden with the fountain Red Mountain Yakima Valley Washington
    12 days of Wine 2019 - Day 1 Hedges Family Estate
  • Matt pouring the 2018 Tulloch Verdelho #wmc19 White/Rosé Wine Social
    Speed Dating for Wine - the Lighter version - White/Rosé Social
  • Sunset at Owen Roe Winery in Yakima Valley
    Cabernet Franc Day - Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc
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    Cowhorn - well of course it's biodynamic...
  • David Lowe of Lowe Winery in Mudgee Australia
    National Zinfandel Day with an Aussie Zin from Lowe
  • Rolling vineyards showing the altitude in Rasteau Photo Courtesy of Inter-Rhône
    Fall, Thanksgiving and the flavors of Rasteau #Winophiles
  • First Creek Winemaker's Reserve 2017 Shiraz Hunter Valley Red Wine Social
    Speed dating for wine - Red Wine Social at the Wine Media Conference
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    Exploring New South Wales - Shoalhaven Coast & Southern Highlands #ouraussiewineadventure
  • Biodynamic
    Digging into Biodynamics and a tasting
  • Quady North Rose blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre is bright and fresh.
    Cans and kegs - packaging sustainability with Quady North
  • Wine Yakima Valley
  • Vineyard View at Johan in the Van Duzer Corridor
    The Scenic Route Part 8 - Johan and Quady North
  • Cote Bonneville, Tasting Room Sunnyside Washington
    The Scenic Route Part 7 - Du Brul to Hiyu
  • Corsican village of Bonifacio on the cliff side
    Corsica – An Island and it’s wines #Winophiles
  • Entrance to Valdemar Estates Winery and Tasting Room
    The Scenic Route Part 6 - Visiting Rioja in Washington and dinner at a gas station in Walla Walla
  • Vines on the top of Snipes Mountain at Roskamp Vineyard in Washington's Yakima Valley
    The Scenic Route Flash Tour 2019 Part 5 - One day 3 Washington AVAs
  • Wilridge Vineyard in Naches Heights AVA at Sunrise
    The Scenic Route - Flash Tour 2019 Part 4 - Naches Heights and Yakima Valley
  • Stems
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