Estate Grown Grapes
Our vineyard on Lopez Island, planted in 1987 to unique grape varieties carefully selected for our cool, dry climate. These wines have shown our vineyard’s ideal terrior (soils, climate and farming) by producing outstanding quality wine, that have been awarded many medals over the last two decades.
Eastern Washington Grapes
We work with a few different vineyards; our longest and strongest relationship is with Charlie & Connie Crawford from the slopes above Prosser in the Yakima Valley. From them we source our Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and Malbec.
With this variety, we strive to produce the quintessential seafood wine. What could be more natural than a crisp dry white, grown in a region renowned for its seafood? Madeleine Angevine pairs well with many seafoods due to its delicate tropical and citrus fruit flavors, crisp acidity, and subtle herbal notes. Originally this grape hails from the Loire Valley of France, also a marine influenced region, and is reminiscent of a Sancerre. We barrel ferment this wine in neutral oak barrels to add to the complexity.
Our Siegerrebe has wonderful flavors of grapefruit, litchi nuts, flowers, and spice notes of clove and anise. We finish this white wine off-dry (about 1 % residual sugar) which makes this wine great with appetizers, Asian foods or light curries. Siegerrebe rarely disappoints anyone, be they ‘wine snob’ or ‘newbie’ to wine: Long after a sampling, we find that the after-taste of the wonderful litchi, grapefruit and spice is still lingering on the palate, sometimes 30 minutes later!
Sangiovese is the principle grape of the Tuscany and Chianti region of Italy. This grape has fruit character that range from fresh cherries to blackberries, and is cloaked with a wonderful spiciness (cinnamon bark and clove). There the similarities end: Washington produces vibrant fruit with a hint of earthiness, making brighter wines than the European cousins.
Our version has proved very popular with our customers, selling out very quickly, and for good reason. Once again this vintage was harvested at the Crawford Family Vineyards in Yakima Valley. We return to their vineyard due to the rich black pepper notes that come with the fruit character of this varietal, which we feel pairs nicely with food right off of the grill.
The Wahluke Slope in Eastern Washington is known for producing big red wines. This region’s gravelly soils, laid down by the epic glacial era floods, keep the vine’s canopy open and sparse; this allows the sun to penetrate the canopy, which helps build wonderful fruit complexity for its wines. This particularly rich vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon received 40 months of small barrel aging.
Our Fireside is a unique example of a Port style of dessert wine. We produced the base wine using Elephant Mountain grown Sangiovese grapes and some Malbec from the Wahluke Slope. We then added artisan brandy made for us by San Juan Distillery; this is used to halt the fermentation with only a soft sweetness and also adds to the rich symphony of flavors on this memorable wine.
WAVE CREST WHITE
Cool years emphasize a grape’s acidity, and its more delicate flavors. From our Madeleine Angevine you will find contributions of lemony-citrus and subtle grassy herbal flavors. The Siegerrebe brings hints of melon and spice. With this blend, we offer you a good wine, at a good price! Enjoy this wine on the beach or from the deck of your boat, as you wait for your fresh crab to cool.
In the winemaking for our Chardonnay, we strive to build upon the flavors that come from the grape itself. Of course, the grape lays the foundation, and is therefore responsible for the fruit quality of a wine. From the Yakima Valley location we have the apple, pineapple and pear qualities of our Chardonnay. A winemaker can choose, through the process of vinification, to hold a wine as close to the fruit as possible, or to add to those layers flavors and aromas from fermentation and processing; We choose the latter.
The wine is a brilliant light red color, with intense red raspberry, watermelon, cherry and strawberry notes, followed by a nice smooth finish. While usually thought of as a summer sipper, Dry Rosé is the perfect match for holiday meals: pairing well with poultry such as your Thanksgiving turkey, it will also go well with sweet squash dishes, cranberry sauces and the rich symphony of holiday fair flavors.
This grape variety comes from the famous St. Emillon region of Bordeaux, France. This rich red wine was aged for eighteen months in small oak barrels to help mellow the wine and emphasize the soft tannins and berry flavors of 100% Yakima Valley Merlot. The Crawford Vineyard Merlot has flavors distinct to their terrior: Bing cherry, blackberry, mint, smoke, oak and chocolate, which allow it to be enjoyed with hearty meals. This location also produces big tannins not typical to new world Merlot. It also can be further aged to bring the wine to its fullest potential.
Sweet Taste of Summer: Made from organically grown raspberries , this wine tastes like a handful of fresh berries. This wine is finished with enough sweetness to be delicious served with chocolate or berry tarts, but yet it still has a crisp acidity so that it finishes clean on the palate. We source our berries from the Broer’s Family Farm near Monroe Washington. This organically certified farm is carefully and lovingly farmed by this family, which has had this farm in the family for multiple generations.