I am going to write about this weekend in reverse of experiencing it, sorry no photos, but it was not what I was thinking about. It was Spring release weekend in Walla Walla. We had work to do at the house, but too much work and no play makes us cranky, so we determined we would visit a couple wineries each afternoon.
Sunday afternoon, on our way out-of-town, we stopped at Reininger Winery. Chuck Reininger, wine maker, graciously gave us an in-depth history of the Tucker family’s (that of his wife) three generations of farming in the Walla Walla Valley and his journey to creating these delectable wines. We had a great conversation about the local geology, the chemistry of the soil and how that directly correlated to the needs of grape vines. We were treated to a tour of the facilities, and a taste of the in-barrel Viognier (to be bottled on the 20th) before leaving, well after closing time.
Located west of town, on the old highway, but visible from the current Hwy 12, you will see the converted potato storages and the entrance designed to mimic the top of a grain elevator in reference to the Tucker Family wheat farm. For some time we have enjoyed Helix Syrah and Helix Pomace, available locally at Brix & Stone, which is the Columbia Valley label for Reininger, including gifting the Syrah many times.
Thank you, Chuck, for your gifts of Cataclysms on the Columbia and the copy of the Geoscience Canada article about Geology and Wine, Walla Walla, Washington. It was very pleasant to discuss geology and wine; two of my favorite subjects. Thank you Izzy and Sally for your patience with our late arrival and extensive conversation. I look forward to seeing you all again!