Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Harvest is Just Around the Corner!

At the winery and Estate Vineyard we are getting ready for harvest. With all the heat this year, we expect harvest to be earlier than normal so we are busy getting prepared. have been seeing veraison in our Estate Vineyard for several weeks now. Veraison is the term used to describe the time when grapes change their color and begin the ripening process. We see red wine grapes turning from green to a pinkish-mauve color and eventually to a dark purple. The process is harder to see with white wine grapes, but they turn from green to a more yellowish color, and the skins transition from opaque to translucent. It's an exciting time in the vineyards because we know that harvest is not far off. Soon Rick and Kevin will be walking the vineyards weekly, tasting the berries and then bringing in bucket-fulls of samples to be tasted and evaluated for sweetness, acidity, tannin, and overall flavor development. These evaluations are how we decide when the fruit is ready to be picked.

We have also started receiving barrels to the winery. Each year we buy a certain amount of new barrels. These barrels all come from France and typically arrive starting in mid to late summer. This is also the time when we pull our old, empty barrels our of storage and begin the process of cleaning them and checking for leaks. next step is cleaning. Cleaning, cleaning cleaning! The cellar crew has started washing all of the bins we use to put the grapes in as they are picked and transported back to the winery. Next will be cleaning all the winemaking equipment - sorting table, crusher-destemer, hoses, presses, tanks, pumps, and other tools.

One of the last things we do before harvest is finish all of our bottling for the year. The barrels and tank space are needed for the upcoming harvest. We just wrapped up our bottling this past week with the last of the 2012 red wines. this heat continues, we should be harvesting our Estate sauvignon blanc by the end of this month. Then begins two months of long days and hard work. But we love it! And it's all worth it when we get to meet a wine buyer from Tokyo who loves our 2011 Old Vines and recommends it to his guests or we meet a customer in the tasting room who can't wait until we release our next vintage of barbera.

Swing by the tasting room this fall to get a feel for what all the harvest excitement is about. We'll have daily updates in the tasting room about what's being crushed, pumped, and pressed in the cellar!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Only a Few Seats Left for our Pre-Harvest Dinner!
Seattle’s Sager Small and Matt Kendall return to prepare a Mediterranean-inspired menu using an array of fresh produce from Woodward Canyon’s Lazy S Arrow garden. The dinner will be perfectly paired with Woodward Canyon wines hand selected by Rick, including a special library selection. Make your reservations today; only seven seats left!

The price of the dinner is $145 per person. Tickets are available for purchase and are non-refundable. Please contact the winery to purchase your ticket or if you have any questions.

Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Woodward Canyon Winery, 11920 West Highway 12, Lowden, WA 99360       
Contact: Courtney at (509) 525-4129 or for reservations

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Article from Great Northwest Wine
We were just featured in a recent article from Great Northwest Wine.

Make Woodward Canyon your destination this summer for lunch in the Reserve House, a classic or reserve flight in our tasting room, or to enjoy a picnic and relax with a glass of wine in the garden!

Friday, June 27, 2014

The latest scores are out from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate!

We are excited to share the most recent scores from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

2011 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon - 94+
2011 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon - 94
2011 Estate Reserve Red Wine - 94 (Not yet released)
2011 Columbia Valley Merlot - 90

Thanks to Rick, Kevin, and the rest of our winemaking team for doing such a great job with a challenging vintage!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In honor of Chardonnay Day, Thursday, May 22, all weekend in the tasting room we will be pouring both our 2012 Washington Chardonnay and our 2012 Celilo Chardonnay. The Celilo Chardonnay will be poured for this weekend only, and we are offering a special tasting room price on the Washington Chardonnay of $35 a bottle (for purchases of 6 or more bottles through the end of May). 

In our Reserve House Restaurant we will be pairing chardonnay with our Chicken Piccata, and Chef Chad is working on a scallop special, also to pair with our chardonnay

Come celebrate Chardonnay Day with us all weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

We will be participating in the upcoming OSO NEEDS CASH event on Tuesday, April 22 to help raise money for the victims of the Oso, WA mudslide. The event will take place at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Attendees will sip wine from a selection of top Washington wineries, enjoy a bite to eat from participating restaurants, and will have the opportunity to bid on auction items.  Bruce Pavitt, founder of Sub Pop Records, will also be on hand spinning records.

We will be pouring our 2011 Columbia Valley Merlot and our 2003 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon. All proceeds from the event will go directly to United Way of Snohomish County. They were chosen because they have committed to giving 100% of the funds directly to families in the area. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased through Tom Douglas' website.  If you can't make it but still want to contribute, you can buy a ticket that will be given to a culinary student from one of the local community colleges.

This wine tasting fundraiser was created by Seattle chef Tom Douglas and winemaker Charles Smith. and in partnership with Ethan Stowell Restaurants and the Huxley Wallace Collective.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Come Kick Off Wine Tasting Season in Walla Walla with Us!

Join us this weekend for April Release, the unofficial kick-off to wine tasting season in the Walla Walla Valley. We'll be open 10am-5pm Friday, April 4th through Sunday, April 6th. We'll be pouring our new release of the 2011 Columbia Valley Merlot as well as our current releases, some of which can only be purchased in our tasting room. We will also be serving light appetizers. So come on by and enjoy the daffodils and sunshine! 

This weekend is also the first of a series of event weekends in the Valley. Feast Walla Walla is next up in April, followed by Spring Release the first weekend of May, and Celebrate Walla Walla in June. Check out the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance website for upcoming wine events and information about planning your trip to Walla Walla. We look forward to seeing you in the Valley soon!