Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne : White Northern Rhones in Washington State

Next Fedex Shipment Monday March 19th


Getting bored with Chardonnay? Check out Washington State’s emerging Northern Rhone white varietals.

Viognier – Walla Walla Valley 2017

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM      $165 per 5.25 gallon pail

Harvested 9/27/2017                        Brix: 23.3, pH: 3.49, TA: .51

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Walla Walla Viognier

“Viognier wines tend towards honeyed lushness, intriguing floral aromas, and rich texture.” – GuildSomm

“Most loved for its perfumed aromas of peach, tangerine and honeysuckle, Viognier can also be oak-aged to add a rich creamy taste with hints of vanilla.” – Wine Folly

Check out Great Northwest Wine’s list of recommended Washington Viognier.

Roussanne – Columbia Valley 2016

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM      $155 per 5.25 gallon pail

Harvested 9/19/2016          Brix: 22.2 pH: 3.35

“Roussanne’s chief attribute is it’s

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Columbia Valley Roussanne

haunting aroma, something akin to a particularly fresh herb tea, together with acidity that allows it to age gracefully.” – The Oxford Companion to Wine

“Roussanne adds acidity, waxy minerality to Marsanne’s broader, oily texture and marzipan character.” – GuildSomm

“The big surprise  is Roussanne, such purity, almost a crystalline nature to the Roussanne grown here  (Washington).” Bob Betz, Master of Wine

Check out Paul Gregutt’s list of recommended Washington Roussanne wines.

Marsanne – Walla Walla Valley 2017

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM      $165 per 5.25 gallon pail

Harvested 9/27/2017                        Brix: 20.8, pH: 3.69, TA: .39

“Marsanne is a light straw color, almost

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Walla Walla Marsanne

green, with moderate acidity and excellent mid-palate richness. Its mineral flavors and aromas, and its low alcohol, make it an ideal blending grape. The varietal has been historically blended with Roussanne, where it tones down the viscosity and acidity of Roussanne and provides a more complex flavor. ” – Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Winery

“White Hermitage is the first wine of the world without a single exception.” – Thomas Jefferson

Cofermenting with Syrah

Most of the world’s greatest Syrah based wines come from the Northern Rhone and most of those Syrahs are cofermented with white grapes. This has the counter-intuitive effect of stabilizing color and increasing freshness. Here are the legal limits for blending white grapes in Northern Rhone AOC red wines.

  • Cote-Rotie – Up to 20% Viognier.
  • Crozes- Hermitage – Up to 20% Marsanne and Roussanne.
  • Hermitage – Up to 20% Marsanne and Roussanne .
  • St. Joseph – Up to 10% Marsanne and Roussane.

2017 Petite Verdot
Frozen Grape Must

Next Fedex Shipment Monday January 22nd and Monday January 29th

Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Washington State

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM      $160 per 5 gallon pail

Harvested 10/25/2017                   Brix: 25.4, pH : 3.35, TA: .81

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Rattlesnake Hills Petite Verdot Vineyard

“Petite Verdot is the most startling discovery of what’s going on in Washington state today…Dense, highly pigmented, wonderful color, black-purple in the glass with a penetration of fruit flavor. It’s pretty incredible”. – Bob Betz, Master of Wine

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Washington Petite Verdot Grapes

The Rattlesnake Hills AVA contains the ideal growing environment for thick skinned, late ripening reds like Petite Verdot . The AVA lies within  the larger Yakima Valley AVA which itself lies inside the much larger Columbia Valley AVA.  The Rattlesnake Hills averages 2700 degree days a year which is 500 degree days more than the rest of theYakima Valley to the west and 100 degree days less than Red Mountain to the East ( Bordeaux gets roughly 2500 degree days  and Napa gets 2900 degree days). Night time temps drop 40+ degrees during the growing season to preserve acidity and freshness.  Rain is a seldom occurrence here with the area receiving just 7-10 inches of rain per year.

   The Petite Verdot vines are planted in the Harwood-Burke-Wiehl series silt loams that distinguish the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. These soils are a combination of wind deposited ancient or sedimentary alluvials and decomposed basalt over a lime-silica hard pan. This combination provides both exceptional drainage and ideal soil alkalinity for growing Vinifera.

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Picking Petite Verdot Grapes

2017 Grapes / Juice Futures

Frozen wine grape must and juice futures available for purchase below. These will be shipped at your convenience after they are harvested and frozen this Fall. To buy, simply click the “Add to Cart” button or click on the varietal to read the description, see photos, and view video of the vineyard. You don’t need a Paypal account to check out.

Red pails contain 5 gallons of must (juice, pulp, skins, seeds) and white pails contain 5.25 gallons of cold- settled juice. 

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $170 Syrah – Walla Walla Valley, WA

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $135 Merlot – Suisun Valley, CA

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $160 Cab. Sauvignon – Rattlesnake Hills, WA

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $165 Viognier – Walla Walla Valley, WA

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $165 Marsanne – Walla Walla Valley, WA

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $150 Riesling – Willamette Valley, OR

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $160 Biodynamic Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $150 Gewürztraminer – Willamette Valley, OR

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $135 Old Vine Zinfandel – Lodi, CA

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $165 Pinot Noir- Willamette Valley, OR

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 2.52.50 PM $160 Petite Verdot- RattlesnakeHills, WA





Gone Fishin’

Andrew and Mikey are going fishing from Friday, July 7 to Saturday, July 15. We’ll resume normal shipments on Monday, July 17. We will not have access to phones or email while we’re away. Cheers!

We’ll start posting 2017 futures when we return. Expect some pretty awesome selections from the Walla Walla Valley!

2017 Winemaker Magazine Conference

Pick up your wine grapes and juice locally this Spring with free shipping. Click to see how!

 *Los Angeles CA local pickup date moved to Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 19th end of day ordering deadline.
Low Inventory Warning
Just Sold Out:

2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir                                                                   2016 Napa Valley Merlot
2013 Sonoma Valley Syrah
Nearly Gone:
2016 Rattlesnake Hills WA Roussanne  (15 Left)

Next Fedex Shipment Monday June 26th.

We had a blast at the 2017 Winemaker Magazine Conference and Awards at Cornell University in the Finger Lakes. Looking forward to San Diego in 2018!

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Grapes for Beer. Brewing Barrel-aged Sours with Wine Grapes Direct.

Barrel aged sour beers brewed with grapes are one of the fastest growing beer styles in America. Wine Grapes Direct is proud to supply these premier breweries with 100% Vinifera grape must and juice, never from concentrate.

Le Roar Grzzz

BullFrog Brewing (PA): Brewmaster Nate Saar was our first brewing client and is one of the most decorated Brewmasters in the US. lists Bullfrog in their top 100 breweries worldwide out of over 25,000 listings. The original Le Roar Grzzz Druiven is a brewed with Milla Merlot grapes and is a rare 100- point scoring beer on, making it the highest rated sour brew in America.

Pat Korn of Green Flash

Green Flash Cellar 3 (CA) You all know about Green  Flash. What you might not know is that they have an additional 12,000 square foot brewery called Cellar 3 that is dedicated to making Best of Class barrel-aged brews. The only down side about Barrelmaster Pat Korn’s beers from Cellar 3 is that they tend to sell out within an hour of release. But if you know the right people…

Great Notion (OR) No West Coast brewery received more press or praise over the past year than Great Notion. They were featured in Beer Advocate, Imbibe, Taste, Bon Appetite and Food and Wine just to name a few. Their limited release Ambrosia is a barrel-fermented tart saison aged on Chenin Blanc. Oh, and it won best of show at the Willamette Week Pro-Am.

Reaver en Noir refermented on Durell Pinot Noir!

Reaver Beach Brewing (VA) Kristin and Justin Macdonald founded Reaver Beach Brewing in 2010 after serving in the US Air Force. The wild coastal yeasts and bacteria of Virginia Beach provide a unique environment for producing barrel-aged sour ales. Follow them on social media to make sure you don’ t miss out on their limited releases!

  • Reaver en Noir  (made with Pinot)
  • Mal en Rouge (made with Merlot)

Yazoo Brewing (TN) Yazoo was a home brew project that began in the early 90’s and  turned into Nashville’s preeminent beer destination.  Since moving into their state of the art 40 barrel brewery in 2010, Yazoo has teamed with renowned sour beer writer, Brandon Jones, to create the “Embrace the Funk” line up of sour and barrel aged brews.

Dunedin Brewing (FL) Stations of the Craft is a collaborative brewing project started by the good people of the Dunedin Brewery, Florida’s first craft brewery. Their brews are not for the faint-hearted. “This is Your Captain Speaking” features two sour beers made from the same Blonde ale base. The “Donald” was aged on our Pinot Noir must and “The Hilary” was aged our Chenin Blanc.

Gravity Brew Lab (FL) “The brainchild of owner Diego Ganoza, Gravity Brew Lab is designed to be the answer to the question Miami has been asking for the past several years: “why can’t we have creative, top quality, locally made craft beer; like most other metropolitan cities in the U.S.?” – Gravity Brew Lab

Trillium Brewing (MA)  “Trillium Brewing Company was established on the values of family, passion, and dedication. Celebratory ales were first crafted to commemorate the marriage of founders JC and Esther Tetreault. This initial concept evolved into a lifestyle and dream to share, not only beer, but experiences with one another and their community.” – Trillium Brewing










Check Out the Free Ingredient Kit and See What Grape Must Looks Like

Each pail of frozen wine grapes or juice shipped via Fedex comes with a free ingredient kit! Based on our lab’s numbers, we include enough tartaric to balance the pH of your wine, yeast, yeast nutrients (Go-Ferm and Fermaid K, oak cubes, tannin (FT Rouge), Opti-Red, and enzymes (enzymes only included if requested).

Don’t know what grape must looks like or how to use it? Take a look at grape must in this video. Grape must consists of the skins, seeds, and juice of grapes once crushed and destemmed.

Making wine with grape must is easy! Take a look at this 12 Step Guide to Red Wine with pictures to see how:

Red and White Wine 12-Step Program PDFs




Frozen Must and Juice