The health and safety of our visitors, employees and our community is our top priority. We are in regular contact with public health authorities and are acting on the most up-to-date information on the evolving...

Washington’s shelter-in-place order has spawned a new form of drinking.  The new norm: virtual wine tastings. The wine business is a social industry. Built on relationships between wineries, wine lovers, and all the places people buy...

Superior hillside sites shine in years like this. The finale of the 2019 wine grape harvest resulted in last-minute changes sending winemakers and grape growers scurrying to get ahead of the unseasonal weather. Although some acreage remains...

Keeping a well-stocked cupboard of delicious, great value wines doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Drinking well shouldn’t be a luxury, nor should you have to sacrifice good taste to avoid breaking the bank....

A wine grape grower’s year is marked by milestones beginning with bud break in the spring and culminating with harvest in the fall.  Between these two events the vines go through bloom, fruit set and shatter...

Spring Barrel Tasting weekend is your chance to get a jump on tasting the newest vintage from local wineries. A visit to the Yakima Valley on April 26-28 will allow you to sample delicious, unfinished...

Originally run in the Yakima Herald Republic: April 4, 2019. YAKIMA, Wash. -- There is no mistaking it; bud break is that glorious moment in the vineyard when the vines wake up from winter dormancy.
As the days get longer and warmer, the vines begin to show vitality. Bud break is the second step in preparing the vines for harvest. (Pruning is the first.) Once the weather begins to warm up, hormones begin to activate in the roots, telling the vine to begin its fruit-bearing process.
Bud break is when leaves and shoots begin to elongate out of the buds, which have been tightly packed and protected all winter. These small, fuzzy leaves contain all the components of the upcoming growing season, from the shoots and canopies to the clusters and grapes.  Read more.

Originally printed in the Yakima Herald March 21, 2019 Let the celebrations continue. Many of us enjoyed green beer, corned beef, cabbage and the color green during last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. There’s more to celebrate,...