11 Vineyard Visits

Monday dawned gray and wet over our house, yet the weather forecast was for mid-80’s and sun.  Optimistic, I pulled on my shorts, put sunscreen on, grabbed my sunglasses and pulled on my sweatshirt to begin the tour of eleven vineyards from which we source all of the grapes for Locati Cellars and Lagana Cellars, 12 varietals in all.  We were dry but Walla Walla got hail and rain for a short while, we watched it move East over the town (our rain gauge said we received 0.5″ that day).

Our sampling was relegated to tasting; presently most of them taste like the very best of their table grape counterparts, which means they aren’t ripe.  The Sagemoor Sauv Blanc is the closest, already super delicious!

Breezy Slope Vineyard: Pinot Noir: Lagana Cellars

Les Collines Vineyard: Primitivo: Locati Cellars

Patina Vineyard: Syrah: Lagana Cellars

Patina Vineyard Syrah for Lagana Cellars.
Patina Vineyard Syrah for Lagana Cellars.

Jon Cockburn Ranch Vineyard: Dolcetto: Locati Cellars

Jon Cockburn Ranch Vineyard: Chardonnay: Lagana Cellars

J&S Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon: Locati & Lagana Cellars

J & S Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon for both Locati Cellars and Lagana Cellars.
J & S Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon for both Locati Cellars and Lagana Cellars.

Mission Hills Estate Vineyard: Sangiovese & Barbera: Locati Cellars

Minnick Hills Vineyard: Syrah: Lagana Cellars

Minnick Hills Vineyard, just northwest of the Walla Walla Airport, Syrah for Lagana Cellars.
Minnick Hills Vineyard, just northwest of the Walla Walla Airport, Syrah for Lagana Cellars.

Reed Vineyard: Pinot Grigio: Locati Cellars

Reed Vineyard Pinot Gris for Locati Cellars.
Reed Vineyard Pinot Gris for Locati Cellars.

Bacchus Vineyard: Riesling: Lagana Cellars

Bacchus Vineyard Riesling for Lagana Cellars.
Bacchus Vineyard Riesling for Lagana Cellars.

Sagemoor Vineyard: Sauvignon Blanc: Lagana Cellars

Sagemoor Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc for Lagana Cellars.
Sagemoor Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc for Lagana Cellars.

Lonesome Springs Vineyard: Orange Muscat: Locati Cellars

Lonesome Springs Vineyard Orange Muscat for Locati Cellar's dry white table wine.
Lonesome Springs Vineyard Orange Muscat for Locati Cellar’s dry white table wine.

You have read about netting the vines to keep the birds out of the grapes, but I don’t think I have ever shown you ‘netting’ as in the process:

This was a fabulous way to do a Monday, especially since it really was a nice, mid-80’s day.  I hope you are looking forward to 2016 Crush as much as I am. Cheers!

View of Bacchus Vineyard, the Columbia River and Red Mountain AVA in the distant left.
View of Bacchus Vineyard, the Columbia River and Red Mountain AVA in the distant left.
Note: Some of the websites wouldn’t cooperate for linking and the Evervine site out of California provided errors, so if they are up and running later in the day, I will try again to link them for your convenience.

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