REMINDER: July’s Virtual Tasting is this Thursday from 7-8pm Pacific. Read about how to participate here.

Today just a few pictures from eastern Washington where it was sunny and 80 degrees yesterday – hot by western Washington standards but somewhat cool for the eastern part of the state this time of year. Click on the pictures for higher resolution images.

The first picture is looking at Red Mountain from Klipsun Vineyard. Note the Grand Rêve Vineyard crawling up the mountain side (read about Grand Rêve here).

The next picture is of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Klipsun’s original 1982 plantings. Talking with folks at the vineyard things are about two weeks behind ‘normal’ – average or better compared to vineyards across the state.

The next picture is looking out from Anna Marie Vineyard in the southern section of the Walla Walla Valley – what I like to refer to as the ‘occupied area.’

The final picture is of Merlot grapes from Anna Marie. Check out Northstar Winery’s stunning 2007 Walla Walla Valley Merlot for a taste of the final product from this vineyard (read a review of this wine here).

Remember wetsiders, sunny days are never more than a short drive away!