The grapes are coming!

  • Written by Sarah Ness, intern at Micheal Florentino Cellars

After an early, devastating freeze last November, a cool June which stifled bud development and a cooler than normal summer, wine grapes are finally starting to reach maturity. Even a few days earlier than in 2010, which was also, another cool vintage.

This still puts harvest about 10 days behind “normal,” but has caught up quite a bit from early spring when the vines were three weeks behind. If this current weather pattern keeps up through September and October, all should be well.

A lot of grape growers and vintners are particularly pleased with the quality of the fruit. The weather these past two weeks has been perfect, with moderate-to-extra-warm daytime temperatures of up into the 90s, and cool nights have helped push grapes to a desired brix level and optimum physiological maturity. This combination of climate conditions will keep acids at a higher, optimum level, with low pHs, both of which are qualities you want in grapes that will produce excellent quality wine.

First to be ready for crush this week is Sauvignon Blanc. With possibly Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Merlot from Red Mountain next week.

Syrah and even late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon should be ripening in the next 14 to 21 days. The rest of harvest is expected to stretch into early November. Hopefully, harvest will end well before the first frost, to ensure that the vines have enough time to go dormant, and avoid die-back.

Wine Happenings - Aug. 29, 2011

  • Written by Karin Hopper


Family style dinner + a glass of wine for $65/person + tax

Saturday, September 3, 2011 Summer Seafood Festival Traditional "Low-Country" Seafood Boil Northwest Style!



Friday, September 9, 2011 Salud! Culinary Demonstration: Spanish Tapas


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Featured Sip - Soft Tail Spirits

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff


Soft Tail has opened its second distillery and tasting room located in the south block of the Woodinville Tourist District.

Stop in and see the new facility while sampling award winning gluten free vodka made from Washington state apples.

And our Italian style grappa, made in partnership with some of Washington’s finest vineyards and wineries.

New location

14356 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., Redmond

Fridays 3 – 6, Saturday & Sunday 12 – 5


Original location

12280 NE Woodinville Dr., Woodinville

Monday – Fridays 12 – 5

425-770-1154, 425-770-1158

Jody Elsom receives PSBJ 40 Award for Elsom Cellars!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Puget Sound Business Journal has named its 2011 40 Under 40 honorees, including Woodinville native Jody Elsom for her local winery, Elsom Cellars. Of the 40 honorees, Jody Elsom is the only winemaker on the list, making this award even more special for the local Woodinville Wine Country.

"I was thrilled and honored to receive the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2011 40 Under 40 Award," said Jody in a recent interview. "Elsom Cellars has been a lifelong dream of mine, brought to life through many years of hard work, dedication, and a never-ending passion and love for creating great wine."

Winners of this award are those who are center stage in our business community, working hard to drive the economy and demonstrating dynamic leadership.

"The region’s business community is globally renowned for its innovation and creativity, and based on the accomplishments of this year’s prestigious 40 Under 40 roster, whose reputation will continue for years to come," said Gordon Prouty, publisher of the Business Journal.

Featured Sip - Michael Florentino Cellars

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Michael Florentino Cellars

19501 144th Ave NE #D500

Woodinville, WA 98072

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Hours: noon - 5pm Saturday and Sunday,

Michael Florentino Cellars is a boutique winery, focusing on small lots using unique grape varietals from around the world. The unique micro climates found in Washington’s different AVA’s allows Washington to grow a very diverse number of grape varietals. Our wines focus on the Italian and Spanish varietals like Sangiovese, Primitivo, Tempranillo and Granache. We have also experimented with Monastrell aka Mourvedre, Counoise, Malbec and the standard Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.