The Marsing Chamber of Commerce has opened its new website at Marsing Chamber. In the heart of the Snake River wine district and an important agriculture area, the Chamber promotes, “… We are home to a variety of businesses, from small independent businesses to major global corporations. It has a thriving art community, delicious local wines, culture and outdoor recreation scene, along with unique shopping, dining and events. It is a wonderful place to live and a great place to visit.” Marsing is also “… The city of Marsing, affectionately known as “the gateway to the Owyhee Mountains”, sits on the Snake River with easy access to the Sunnyslope wine region, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, river rafting, kayaking, hunting and easy boat access.”
As their website says, they are an interesting place to visit with a population of about 1100. Eventually, I am told, there will also be an AirBNB in Marsing right on the Snake River, that will open this summer. Great “home base” to visit the Snake River AVA and it’s multitude of wineries and really good restaurants. I will keep a permanent link to the Marsing Chamber in the sidebar for your convinence.
If you are visiting the Snake River AVA in Sunny Slope, you might also like to look at the Sunny Slope Wine Trail web page for information, too. There is a full page Wine Country Map, in PDF format, for you to print out if you need one. Sunny Slope Wine Trail Map. (See the Sidebar for a pertmanent page link.)
The Board of the TVWS has a lot of hard working, dedicated members – workers. This year it was great to see three members awarded for their time, hard work, dedication to the Society and efforts. President Garry Scholz made the presentations.
A wonderful chocolate cake was served to Salute the Recipiants![/caption]
On December 14, 2016, the TVWS is presenting a Sparkling Wine Buffet Dinner – it’s going to be a Luau Roasted Pig – and a Silent Auction. Here is but one of many baskets that will be auctioned off. The face value on this one is $80.00. Robin and I are happy to donate this. See you there.
All of the TVWS Wine Dinner Buffets are ticketed. In other words, you must purchase tickets to attend. The tickets will be made available online and on this page each month.
Online-Purchase – $25/person
At The Door – $35/per person
And yes, it really is that time of year! December is important to the TVWS and we are asking for your help. Let’s have some fun! We are inviting you to become famous! Yes famous! We need some people to run for the Board and are asking for YOU to volunteer! Meet once a month for about 1 1/2 hours and a dinner and usually lots of wine! Please let a Board member, or email me (Bob@rockinrs.com) and I will let them know you are interested! Thanks and I look forward to working with you on the Board. The only requirement is that you must be a Member of TVWS. Cheers!
Yea! Great to see that the Williamson Orchards and Vineyards new and beautiful tasting room in the heart of the Snake River AVA will be opening soon. Real soon! Here is a link to Williamson Orchards and Vineyards where you can find more information.
“The farm was homesteaded in 1909 by Lillian (Williamson) and George Gammon. These pioneers set a precedent of hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. The Williamson’s were some of the first to plant fruit trees in the Sunnyslope valley. As the family grew, so did the business. Four generations of Williamson have worked the farm.
Today Williamson Orchards and Vineyards is operated by Michael, Beverly and Patrick Williamson [pictured here]. The original homestead of 80 acres expanded up to 700 acres at one time, and currently consists of 400 acres of vineyards, orchards and row crop.
We planted our first vineyards in 1998 and released our first vintage in 2001. The vineyard has more than doubled from the original 25 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. We now grow 8 grape varietals and produce 14 different labels of delicious and award winning wines.” [Williamson Orchards and Vineyards website]
and a few
by Patrick Williamson
Viticulture – practice of growing grapes
Viticulturist – person who grows grapes
Enology – the study/ practice of making wine
Enologist/Vintner – Person who makes wine (AKA Winemaker)
Crown – the point where the vine comes out just above the ground
Trunk – the main structure of the vine leading up to the cordon
Cordon – using in several different trellis systems is the arm or “branch” that lays on a wire about 3 feet above the ground where the spurs and shoots are located
Spur – the remains of shoots that have been pruned back for new bud positions during the current growing season
Shoot – new plant growth and where the fruit comes from
Clone – is a cutting from a mother plant that happens to have a trait that is desirable to growers or winemakers. For example a clone that is earlier ripening or resistant to powdery mild-dew, or other fungi, or yields smaller berries, or if a clone has a higher tolerance to cold.
Growing degree days – (as defined by WSU) the progression of in-season grapevine development is strongly influenced by air temperature. As such, average heat accumulation is often used to compare regions and vine growing condition. This average heat accumulation is often referred to as Growing Degree Days (GDD also called heat units). The summation of daily GDD units can be used for a variety of things: comparing one region to another, comparing one season to another, and predicting important stages in vine development (bloom, veraison, and maturity). GDD units can be calculated in °F or °C; however, they result in different numbers so make sure that when you are comparing GDD units, you are comparing units with the same temperature scale. Washington State University calculates all GDD in °F, with a base temperature for grapes at 50 °F. Values in °C (with a base of 10°C) can be obtained as follows: GDD[°C]=5/9 x GDD[°F]. Cumulative GDD is a running total of GDD from April 1 through October 31.
Véraison – In viticulture (grape-growing), véraison is the onset of ripening. The term is originally French (véraison), but has been adopted into English use. The official definition of véraison is “change of color of the grape berries”.
Lag-phase – slow growth period where the berry starts getting ready to enter véraison.
Here is some interesting information about wineries in the USA. Good travel to wineries information, too!