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3 Horse Ranch Vineyards

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Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2015 Vintage Report : Oregon Scores A Vintage For The History Books

In Oregon, both 2014 and 2015 were essentially dry-harvest vintages. In 2015, the earliest on record for many wineries, rainstorms rolled through at the end of August, moistened the parched, drought-hit soils, and refreshed the vines well before they neared ripeness. September was among the coolest on record. Vintners could pick at whatever they considered to be optimum ripeness. By Oct. 4, the wineries were done picking.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 6:02 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2016 Vintage Report: Oregon Has Yet Another Banner Year

A warm—but not hot—growing season has produced the third straight year of potentially outstanding wines. Oregon vintners usually spend their harvest time looking at rain clouds gathering in the sky, threatening to disrupt their picking. Not this year. Winemakers across the Willamette Valley are feeling relaxed and happy. By the first week of October, many had already finished picking.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 5:50 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2015 Vintage Report: Idaho Harvest Falls 50 Percent From 2014 Highs

Idaho grape growers celebrated the close of a tumultuous harvest season. Grape crop yields were drastically less than those of 2014. Many growers attribute this to a precipitous decline in average temperatures during November of 2014, in which hard freezes severely restricted future crop potential crop for 2015.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 4:21 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2016 Vintage Report: Idaho Recovers From Negligible 2015 Harvest

The 2016 Idaho wine grape crop is rebounding after a negligible harvest in 2015. A November 2014 freeze sharply reduced the amount of wine grapes available for the 2015 vintage. A tremendous amount of work went in to reconstituting vineyards damaged from the Fall freeze. As a result, growers and vintners experienced 50-100% increases in crop yields in 2016 over those of 2015.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 3:51 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2016 Vintage Report: Oregon Has Wine Harvest Trifecta

A warm—but not hot—growing season has produced the third straight year of potentially outstanding wines. Oregon vintners usually spend their harvest time looking at rain clouds gathering in the sky, threatening to disrupt their picking. Not this year. Winemakers across the Willamette Valley are feeling relaxed and happy. By the first week of October, many had already finished picking. Most of their wines were already in barrel, having completed fermentations weeks before.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 3:26 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2016 Vintage Report: Washington's Record-Breaking Haul

After a warm spring and early summer, steady weather prevailed, producing promising quality. Washington vintners are calling 2016 the longest harvest they can remember. The extended season allowed their grapes to ripen slowly, with early reports indicating a good vintage, especially for the state's Cabernet Sauvignon.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 3:10 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2013 Vintage Report: Washington And Oregon In Review

Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, it's time to see what nature delivered. On the West Coast in 2013, most vintners are reporting a great year, a twin to the promising 2012...American winegrowers in the Pacific Northwest are reporting a long, pleasant growing season. The only dim spot was Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where late rains threatened the Pinot Noir. As for final quality in the bottle, it's too early to know, but here's a sneak peek...  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM
Brandon St-Martin
 
February 1, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

2014 Vintage Report: Washington and Oregon in Review

In the second of five 2014 vintage reports, American vintners report good harvests on both the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest. In Washington and Oregon, sunshine was abundant and harvest came early. In Virginia and New York state, winter was brutal, but most vines survived and produced good fruit.  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 6:54 AM
Brandon St-Martin
 
January 30, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

Greg Koenig: The Wine Wizard of Sunnyslope

Greg Koenig has been one of the the most steady and innovative vintners in the region. If you’re drinking Idaho wine from the area, there’s a pretty good chance it was made by Koenig. He handles winemaking for Koenig Vineyards, plus Williamson Vineyards, Bitner Vineyards and 3 Horse Ranch up in Eagle. Including his 4,500 cases, he’s responsible for making about 60 different wines that add up to around 20,000 cases.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 30, 2017 at 8:59 PM
Brandon St-Martin
 
January 30, 2017 | Brandon St-Martin

Viticultural Area To Boost Eagle Vineyards

Hiding behind the foothills north of Eagle is an area filled with poor soil, sandy loam, and few marks of a prime agricultural area. Despite an environment that would be hostile to many varieties of agriculture, it’s just what many varieties of popular wine grapes love, and they’re thriving at 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards. The resulting wines have been stellar, with the winery capturing about a dozen awards for the different varieties made from the grapes growing on this unlikely fertile plain. But the secret of this hidden gem — and about a dozen other vineyards in the region — is about to be revealed...  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 30, 2017 at 7:31 AM