Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Mosier is now home to one of the Columbia Gorge’s newest wineries.
Analemma Wines opened its tasting room April 5 in the Mosier Valley at 1120 State Road. it is open weekends through Oct. 5.
Founders Steven Thompson and Kris Fade moved from Walla Walla to the Gorge to farm the Atavus Vineyard in White Salmon, one of the oldest vineyards in the Pacific Northwest, formerly known as Dragonfly Vineyard.
“That’s been the foundation of our wine business the last couple of years,” Fade said Tuesday. The vineyard includes some heritage vines planted in the late 1960s and dry farmed at 1,800 feet in elevation.
“It’s one of the highest vineyard sites in the state of Washington,” Fade said. It was established under consultation with Walter Clore, now considered the father of the Washington state wine industry. “It’s neat that this one individual touched so many locations in the state.”
Clore helped site the vineyard and choose the varietals.
Thompson earned a degree in enology and viticulture from Walla Walla Community College and worked at several Walla Walla wineries in various capacities as vineyard manager and winemaker, before he and Fade moved to the area.
They found their Mosier property in 2011 and liked its prospects for wine grapes. The land was planted in cherries and they have so far planted seven acres in syrah, grenache and tempernilo vines.
They’ve also remodeled an old tractor barn into a modern wine production facility with a small tasting room.
“It feels quite comfortable,” Fade said. “With the glass double doors, it means people can look into the production facility.”
Thompson and Fade use 100 percent Columbia Gorge American Viticulture Area grapes. That means all of the grapes are grown within the boundaries of Hood River, Wasco, Skamania and Klickitat counties.
“We’re just excited about what this growing region can provide,” Fade noted.
Thanks to its varying topography climate, the Gorge is known for having a wide range of terroir, or growing microclimates.
As a grower-producer, Fade and Thompson play a role in all of the farming and production of wine. Their grapes are all-organic, Fade said, though they haven’t quite achieved organic cherry farming due to the pests that put the crops at risk.
Analemma is currently selling four wines: a 2013 rosé of pinot noir, a 2012 Atavus gewurztraminer, a 2013 Oakridge gewürztraminer produced from vineyards near Husum, and a 2011 Oakridge pinot noir.
Vintages from the Analemma vineyards won’t be available until the fall of 2016, Fade said.
“We’re excited about this property,” Fade said. “It has a unique, south-facing slope with Missoula flood deposits in the form of cobble stones on the site.”
Find more information and directions to the winery online at analemmawines.com.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge