Almost a year ago in May, Steve and I went on a two day tour of the appellations in Washington State. Our gracious host was Gilles Nicault, general manager and winemaker for the Long Shadows Winery in Walla Walla. Of course, after two days we were overwhelmed, but began to understand the “sense of place” – the terroir, which was Gille's mission for us. One of the many, many highlights was touring the Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation that also happens to grow 120 acres of Riesling on land that sits above the Columbia River about 1200 ft. And that fruit will be going to one of the largest producers of Riesling – Pacific Rim, a branch of the eccentric Bonny Doon wines. The Pacific Rim facility is located in Richland, Wa.
And there is more to read about Riesling - - it is back and will be bigger than ever! Consider the above an introduction to that versatile white grape that can be fermented dry or off-dry - - Riesling. Read the Prodigal Grape from the Washington CEO magazine, by journalist, Steve Bjerklie.