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The First Vines - 2008 Viognier
The First Vines - 2008 Viognier

You're looking at the vines of our very first wine, our 2008 Viognier. This was a "U-Pick" just out side of Zillah, Washington. We picked 475 pounds that first trip.

Where are we?
Where are we?

Is this an official sign?

First press!
First press!

Pressing our fresh 2008 Viognier grapes using a rented, #30 wood basket press and some friendly help.

OCD
OCD

We believe our mutual OCD tendencies allowed our first wine to be drinkable to this day.

Viognier Skins
Viognier Skins

These are the skins, all pressed down. White wine grapes are pressed immediately and just the juice is extracted for fermentation. In comparison, red grapes are de-stemmed and "crushed" and fermented in one big pile to extract the flavor and color from the red grape skins.

Grape Brick
Grape Brick

Have you ever seen a heavy, brick of grape skins? Well, you have now!

It's always been about the fun...
It's always been about the fun...

We do enjoy ourselves. Humor is endless.

Waste not!
Waste not!

The last dribbles of juice were not wasted.

First Racking
First Racking

This is our very first racking. We fermented our 2008 Viognier in open plastic food-grade bins but aged entirely in glass carboys.

Chardonnay Grape Cluster
Chardonnay Grape Cluster

Our first trip to the vineyard for our official 2009 season harvest!

Buying First Barrels in 2009
Buying First Barrels in 2009

Craig tying up our first purchased barrels. Again, unless you're rich you do it all yourself!

Barrels
Barrels

Description

Eastern Washington is Beautiful
Eastern Washington is Beautiful

Harvest 2009.

Picking Grapes - 2009
Picking Grapes - 2009

We do get a little help with this but you bet we pay for it!

Red on the Vine
Red on the Vine

Harvest 2009.

Single Red Cluster - 2009
Single Red Cluster - 2009