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Visiting a Vineyard & Drinking it all in

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First of all, this is my 100th travel blog post. Thanks everyone for likes, comments, support. This is part two of Driving through the Storm.

My fascination with vineyards

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Ever since Sideways and “Brothers & Sisters,” I have been dreaming about running to the hills and operating a vineyard. I would give my wine a humorous name, like Miller White or Peanut Grigio. Or a pretty French name: papillon nuit, which translates to night butterfly, or as we like to call it: moth  

I traveled to the Yakima region to find out what running a vineyard in Washington would be like.

Turns out, vineyard is just a fancy word for farm. And farm is just a fancy word for a whole lot o’ work.

If she could speak, my oxygen-deprived, on-her-last-stems, comatose houseplant Gertrude would tell you I am not a plant person. I can’t keep her alive, there’s no way I could handle a vineyard or an orchard or even a single row of tomato plants.

And one slight frost could take out a whole crop.

Luckily, I learned the upcoming year for Washington wines is going to be bright. Summer weather conditions were ideal for grapes, so that means more local wine for us.

Wildridge Winery & Tasting Room

The Wilridge Winery & Tasting room is tucked away at the end of a winding road in a storybook setting. Verdant rows stretch far into the hills, the only green in a sea of gold. When you’re driving up, light from ever-changing skies filters through the grape leaves, making you feel like you’re in Greece or Spain. Just to the side of the fields, there’s the Cowiche Canyon, a chasm that stretches for miles.

I tasted three wines, two reds and one rosé as Frederico schooled me on the vin vocab. The rosé came in first for me, but I have always been a big fan of pink.

Wine words:

Crush: When they smash all the grapes. Otherwise known as I-Love-Lucy time.

Tannin: A textural element that makes wine taste dry. Or an upcoming celebrity’s child’s name.

Bright: Sharpness, freshness. A wine with a high IQ.

On a side note, I am headed to France tomorrow and won’t be blogging for a week. Since this is my 100th blog post, go ahead and read my first about moving to Quebec City.

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Author: angloadventure

Professional travel writer and near-professional wanderer. Recently lived in Seattle and Quebec City. Traveled across country three times in a car. Can find the best pizza in any city. Published in Fodor's travel guides, Delta Sky, Where magazine, Viator and others.

2 thoughts on “Visiting a Vineyard & Drinking it all in

  1. Enjoyed the article and congratulations
    on the 100th.

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