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Spring Barrel Tasting

April 26, 27, 28 Paul, the Man in the Wild Pants, has been hosting Spring Barrel Tastings since 1985, both in Spokane and the Yakima Valley. Approximately 46 separate events. He has tried to make …

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Brand New Little Free Library

After years of Barbara dreaming about having a Little Free Library, Paul finally made it happen! It still needs a few final touches, but it is full of books and ready to go. Feel free …

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Words from the Winegrower AKA Paul

In every newsletter, Paul updates what is happening in the vineyard and on our farm in general. First of all, Barbara is driving to Portland for a little vacation and then up to Seattle and …

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PMS Donations through February 2024

We have donated over $3100 to make almost 400 Freedom Kits at $8 each to be used locally in the Yakima Valley. This money comes from nine months of our sales of PMS wine and …

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Where’s the Beef?!

We have been selling shares of sheep and cattle over the years. Selling meat requires a USDA slaughterhouse. Animals are taken away from their herd and hauled in scary vehicles to strange and scary places …

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Ava 18-year Anniversary (Founders’ Day): Chasing out the Snakes

This is happening the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day (3/15 – 3/17). Founders Day is officially on 3/20, but that is a Wednesday, and not so easy for people to come visit us. St Patrick’s …

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Wine Sales Update

If you are a long-time patron, you know we are slow wine producers. We typically take 1-4 years longer to put a wine on the market than most. We feel time is an important part …

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The end of Paradisos or another chapter?

Barbara and I have decided to stop wine production and start the process of retirement. We will continue to finish the last couple of vintages and continue to sell wine for another 3-5 years until …

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Words from the Winegrower AKA Paul

In every newsletter, Paul updates what is happening in the vineyard or on our farm in general. Spring is making its way past winter. Barbara will be making her way over the not snowy enough …

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Red Wine and Chocolate!

Ten chocolate bites with wine Tuesday, February 13 – Monday, February 19 There has been a lovely trend in the approach to Valentine’s Day. It originated as a Christian feast day honoring one or two …

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Love, Chocolate, Wine—Food of the Gods

Thinking of chocolate only as candy is too limiting (though a glass of Zort and Guajillo Chile chocolate IS a mystical experience). Chocolate candy represents less than 200 years of the thousands of years of …

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Words from the Winegrower AKA Paul

After the January cold, below zero, we have had the chance to do some preliminary assessment of cold damage. The results are confounding! Typically Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our cultivars least affected by cold. …

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Holiday Dinners and Wine Pairings, What to Do?

What wine should you serve for insert your favorite winter feast here? Well, if it’s a feast with multiple guests it’s not a single wine, it is which wines will suit my guests and the …

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Private Label Wines

We do private label wines for both businesses and just regular folks. The two different wines that we are available right now are B’s Blend and Sangiovese. You supply the graphic and we will make …

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes

Here is a link to a PDF of our popular Thanksgiving recipes. Print it out on paper stock and cut along the dotted lines. You will have six recipes and a bookmark. Three are hors …

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First Winery to Commit to 300 Gram Bottle

By Press Release November 16, 2023 Today a small winery in Zillah Washington was the first winery in the USA to commit to the new 300 gram bottle from Verallia. Paradisos del Sol Winery and …

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Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Once upon a time in the Yakima Valley, the majority of wineries had an open house over the weekend of Thanksgiving. Each winery would create a dish and give out recipe cards. For many years …

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The Horses are Coming! The Horses are Coming!

2023 BCHW 22nd Annual Winery Ride and Halloween Costume Contest, October 28th That is, the Back Country Horsemen of Washington State are having their annual ride in the Rattlesnake Hills. There will be approximately 600 …

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End Of Vintage Grapes

We have wrapped our 11th vintage from our Zero-Pesticide Vineyard

We’ve wrapped up the harvest in the vineyard for this vintage. My first vintage on the crush pad was 1983, 41 harvests ago! Every vintage has been different, some radically so. This one was fairly …

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PMS Donations through September 2023

We just donated $1400 to make 175 Freedom Kits at $8 each to be used locally in the Yakima Valley. This money comes from four months of our sales of PMS wine and is funded …

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New Release of Rosé Paradiso

We have just released a new vintage of our Rosé Paradiso! It is the 2020 vintage. Are we the slowest Rosé producers? At the least, we are in the 1% that is s l o …

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PMS Donation Update as of 8/31/23

We have been selling our Paul’s Mocha Stuff (PMS) since the beginning of June. We chose to have this wine be a “choose your own price” wine. Minimum $14, maximum “sky’s the limit.” Anything over …

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Small-Batch Wine Processing

What do you do with that one row of grapes that you want to process but not through the usual methods of a de-stemmer, crusher, and press? Do it all by hand! Like we do …

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How Do You Make Rosé?

Several ways! One way, crush red-skinned grapes, let them soak (macerate) for a while for some of the skin pigments to dissolve into the clear juice, then press the grapes to get pink juice to …

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New Wine Releases

August has been a month with a lot of releases of new wine and new vintages. Paul’s Mocha Stuff, PMS First, we came out with Paul’s Mocha Stuff, PMS, a wine devoted to raising funds …

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Grape Picking and Stomping

Harvest is starting up for the 2023 vintage. We will likely harvest Temprañillo in the next few days. On Monday, September 4, we will be picking our Muscat Blanc and Orange Muscat. This is a …

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Wedding Anniversary Weekend (Labor Day Weekend)

In 2010 as our tenth anniversary approached, Barbara suggested a Wedding Anniversary Weekend Special, perhaps a 10% discount to customers. My question was, in addition to the 10% returning customer, 10% military, 10% passport discount, …

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Xarel•lo Grape

First off, how to pronounce it? In Catalan they say shah-RELL-lo; in Castilian, hah-RELL-lo; in English, zah-RELL-oh. So, you can choose the one that is easiest for you. We usually say shah-RELL-lo. Xarel•lo has been …

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How to Sample Grapes

As the ripening period begins, veraison and sampling of the grapes begin. The challenge is getting a valid sample. Pick 100 berries from 50 vines without looking. If you look you instinctively grab riper berries. …

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Veraison: Why People Get Excited

Veraison is a fancy French word that says the ripening process has begun. The cultivars with purple pigments start to develop color. The unpigmented (green) varieties start to soften and become less green. As the …

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New Wine Release: Angelica MRS

We decided to bottle our new non-vintage Angelica MRS in a regular-size wine bottle rather than the half-size bottles we have used in the past. We also added a bit of Xarel·lo, which is a …

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How Many Grapes Does it Take to Make a Glass of Wine?

You would think this would be an easy calculation. What makes it difficult is that every variety of grapes has different cluster sizes. And the actual grape size is different across varieties. And the size …

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Free Wine Delivery vs Free-Wine Delivery

This is for all the grammar nerds out there! Free Wine Delivery: We deliver the wine you purchase for free. Free-Wine Delivery: The wine is free! And also illegal, we aren’t allowed to give it …

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Ethical Beef For Sale

There is a lot of conversation about food ethics. I am all in favor of the conversations! I have siblings who have chosen to be vegetarian largely because they don’t want to participate in the …

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Cork Taint aka TCA

TCA is an acronym for the chemical compound 2,4,6-trichloroanisole also known as Cork Taint. It is a molecule that humans can detect in parts per billion and we don’t like it. Some postulate it is …

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Bottle Closures

Wine Bottle Closures

There are at least six different kinds of wine bottle closures: cork, synthetic cork, screw, cap, glass, stopper, crown, champagne, and cork. Cork Natural cork closures are widely used for both wine and champagne. They …

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Glass vs. Plastic Wine Glasses

Which is better? Take two wine glasses that look exactly the same although one is glass and one is plastic. Would this one difference actually change the taste of the wine? The answer is a …

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What Does a Drought Year Mean for Grapes?

The Yakima River Basin is short of water this year, with insufficient snow in the mountains, and a very warm, dry May—the warmest May since 1895. Water is allocated. The oldest user has first dibs. …

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Do You Get a Headache after a Glass of Wine?

Some think that sulfites, a preservative in wine, are to blame. But sulfite sensitivity usually causes breathing problems rather than headaches. Moreover, many white wines and other foods also contain sulfites. Getting a headache after …

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What is Regenerative Farming?

It’s not organic farming which has stricter rules and certification, and it goes further than sustainable farming by seeking to improve the land rather than just preserve it. Soil on farms that had practiced regenerative …

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Father’s Day Event

Fathers.  We all have at least one although we may not know them. I hope you have at least one in your life. I am one and have been for 27 years! My Dad came …

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Why Are There Rose Bushes in Vineyards?

Frequently you will see rose bushes at the end of vineyard rows. Why are they there? Are they just decorative or do they serve a purpose? Their original purpose was to be an early indicator …

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Five Myths About Wine Bottles

Summary5 Wine Bottle Myths: Heavy bottles are used for the best wines The punt, or push-up at the bottom is for . . . Green glass is used to protect red wine from light Cans …

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Rattlesnake Hills Wine Run 2023

Rattlesnake Hills Wine Run

The annual Rattlesnake Hills Wine Run is back after a pandemic break. It is so great to have these events coming back to Zillah. When? May 20th, Saturday, 9am – 2pm Run the beautiful rattlesnake …

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Spring Barrel Tasting

To avoid the over-busy Saturday, we are going to be offering Spring Barrel Tasting for ten days from 4/21-4/30.

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In the Vineyard with Paul

We have just planted our first Refugium of the year, a cool weather cover crop. Little sprouts are already starting to come up.

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Chasing out the Snakes & Founders Day

This is happening the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day (3/17 – 3/19). Founders Day is officially on 3/20, but that is a Monday and not so easy for people to come visit us. Of course, …

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Is February the Longest Month?

It sure feels like it. We had very cold days in addition to wind gusts of up to 45mph ongoing constantly. Those few days alone felt like a month. We did miss out on the …

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