Washington State Wine Road Trip

Each year, a select group of the country's most influential trade come to Washington State and immerse themselves in wine country with those who live and work there. Road Trip travels from Seattle to Walla Walla and features small group exercises in the vineyards and wineries, focused seminars, regional tastings, dining experiences and some serious fun with the leaders of our industry. The best part? This all happens during the most exciting time of the year – HARVEST.

Road Trip is an intense, demanding five days which requires an eagerness to dig in the dirt and a desire to “get purple." This is not your grandma’s wine tour…this is the big leagues.

On Road Trip, attendees dive head-long into the following:     

  • The “typicity” of Washington’s different regions
  • Trial samples of different barrel samples
  • Oak vs. non-oak
  • Fermentation / different yeasts / fermentation temps
  • Grapes:  What do we grow?  What ripens when?
  • Varying vinification methods to achieve stylistic differences
  • Cap management / phenolic optimization
  • Punch downs (manual or mechanical) / pump overs
  • Aeration techniques
  • Fermentation – speed, temperature, yeast, vessel size, maceration
  • Irrigation needs
  • Pressing:  free-run vs. press juice
  • Blending of vineyards / AVAs / varieties in a given vintage
  • Canopy management
  • What does oak do to wine?  Toast levels, country/forest, size, Cooper, age, etc.
  • Time in oak – how long do different wines stay in and why?
  • Barrel hygiene - cleaning barrels via pressure washing, ozone, proxy clean, S02 application
  • Fruit assessment / berry weight / cluster weight /  skin thickness
  • Phenolic maturity ripeness - when to pick and clonal differences
  • Tasting of grapes from different clones / blocks / aspects in vineyards
  • Sustainability in grape growing
  • Yield management

Past Trips

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Past Trips

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David Flaherty
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