Boxes ready for filling. Champoux Vineyards
Monday, October 11, 2010
Yakima Valley Wine Country
Washington State is the home of over 650 wineries, eleven AVA's or designated appellations, and 350 grape growers. The Yakima Valley was the first federally recognised AVA. The Yakima Valley is also home to the Yakama Nation. This last weekend, I accompanied the wine maker/owner of :Nota Bene to the Yakima Valley to pick up bins filled with grapes-just-picked and drop off bins for grapes-to-be-picked and also for bins ready for next year. We drove 700 miles, fourteen hours, six vineyards, and brought back 12 bins of beautiful grapes (this was trip three for wine maker Tim Narby; three left to go!). The vineyards we visited were: Stone Tree Vineyards, Stillwater Vineyards, Ciel du Cheval, Champoux, Dineen Family Vineyards, and Red Willow Vineyards.