TJ finally had a few moments to send some pictures to me, and I wanted to share them with everybody. I’ve never been to Washington State, but can tell from the pictures that it is a magnificent part of the country. With views like these, no wonder the grapes are so happy.
His first day was spent exploring Walla Walla and I think it’s easy to see that this might be one of the most spectacular tasting rooms ever. It’s over looking the Walla Walla Valley at the Caderetta Winery.
Of course, when you’re in Walla Walla, you’re probably going to run into Charles Smith. He hosted a dinner for the group at the K Vintners tasting room. Here TJ is wearing Charles’ glasses, channeling his best DJ Lance Bass.
The next day TJ was put to work, pruning, crushing and pumping over. Here he is picking his first ever grapes off the vine.
Being a spaz with some grapes from “The Benches” in the Wahluke Slope appellation at the Long Shadows Winery.
Testing PH levels of grapes that he crushed by hand. I was happy to hear that those size 14 feet did not come into contact with any grapes, thus preserving the 2011 Syrah vintage.
Here is a cork tree at Columbia Crest. Columbia Crest is one of the largest and oldest of the Washington State wineries, and arguably the most widely known. They bottle 20,000 bottles of wine a day! They personally farm over 3,000 acres and purchase grapes from another 5-6,000 acres in order to meet the demand. They have over 20 miles of underground cellars. Amazing.
And lastly, a gorgeous sunset at Waterbrook winery. If it’s this beautiful on an iPhone camera, you know it must have been truly stunning.
I wish I had more stories for you, but I still have not talked to him! We’ll get the scoop as soon as he’s home and I’ll be sure to share it with all of you here. Until then, these pictures are definitely a wonderful narrative of his time in Washington.
Our Washington wine sale ends tomorrow morning, so stop in tonight if you can!