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 are press junket style for wine writers. Michael and I were able to join the Yakima Valley Tour put together by Wine Yakima Valley.
Wine was flowing…so much wine from so many wineries. I admit to being a bit overwhelmed. Trying to note each wine was not possible. I tried to memorize labels to come back to later for more information. Bottom line…I need another visit to this region to dig in.
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We attended a seminar with Co Dinn, of Co Dinn Cellars and Kerry Shiels of Cote Bonneville. They gave us a short overview (ok a half hour) but very informative on the layout of the Yakima Wine Valley, for all of you wine geeks.
Yakima Valley grows more then just grapes, They grow Hops, Apples, Hay, Corn. Grapes generally grow on higher areas of the Yakima Valley. South facing Hillsides, with Volcanic and Basalt layers. Missioula flood soils at lower elevations. So they grow grapes at higher elevations on the hillsides. Sandy loam called loess. NO Clay. Located in a rain shadow so they do need to irrigate.
So we broke this down into 3 Videos. If want some indepth info about the Yakima Valley Wine scene. Check them out.
for more info Visit WineYakimaValley.org
Most wineries here are small family operations where unpretentious hospitality is the norm. Many are located within a rural countryside with unparalleled beauty. You can enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the beautiful snow capped Mt. Adams or overlook the diverse agricultural abundance of the Yakima Valley.
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