Friday, May 13, 2016

:::Cade Winery:::Tour with a killer view

Cade Winery.  WOW.  The drive up Howell Mountain leaves the Silverado Trail and begins climbing in elevation to the hidden vineyards above.  With only 54 acres, Cade is perched with a beautiful vista to the south.  The tour includes a stroll though their ground which includes cork trees- No, they do not make the corks on site, but it is still interesting to see the trees and imagine the process.  It is also interesting that only half the Cade wines are closed with cork, the other half if all sealed under a twist top.  AND you have to purchase one of each.  

From the vineyard and cork tree grove, our tour group of about 10 people wandered through the fermentation area.  Built to be gravity fed, the area where the magic (wine) is made is dug into the hill.  Like you are standing INSIDE Howell Mountain.  Nothing better than naturally keeping the cellar at optimum temperature!  And that barrel room!

Drool.  Perfectly stacked barrels with their perfect wine stain down the center.  Did you know?  The Cade team actually removes their wine stain touch before selling their used barrels. From the barrel room we went to a long table and tasted through their offerings.  Each wine is paired with a little bit.  I was impressed the Cade team were able to change out the regular menu of small bites for a vegetarian version for me.  Many thanks!  The crackers were handmade by a team member and the fig jam was great with their Cabernets!
 Not only did we love the Cade wines but we also took home some Adaptation, the Plumpjack groups second label.  I highly suggest their Petite Syrah.  Such a great everyday wine ( and much softer on the wallet).  I would suggest Cade to anyone hoping to get away from the crowds and take in great service with a breathtaking view.  I wish we would have had more time to enjoy a glass of wine at the fireplaces tucked into their grounds.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Drink Pink with Two Mountain Rosé

How does one end a week filled with celebration and too many tacos and modelos?

The answer is to slow down. Get your ass in a comfortable deck chair and pop the Rosé. Nothing says relaxation like rosé. Plus you have to follow yesterday's tequila binge with something lady like- right?

Have friends coming over? Rosé pairs with anything. Fish? Rosé. Steaks on the Barbie? Rosé. Fruit and cheese platter? Rosé. Rosé all day.

I am a Two Mountain Winery fanatic and suggest y'all get your hands in their 2015 rosé when it is released Memorial Day Weekend! Chad and I made a trip to Zillah to taste and visit the winery last weekend. It is so welcoming and I was able to snag one of their last bottles of the '14 rosé! This rosé is dry but has a lovely strawberry character. The wine has a dancing acidity and leaves you refreshed. All for only $16. What a steal.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Making Sagemoor Home

Spring has sprung and I have been silent for quite a bit on this little platform. Some big changes were made in 2016! I landed my dream job as a vineyard manager North of Pasco and moved into the house on site!

Harvest Sunrise above Bacchus Vineyard

Living where you work. Working where you live. It is an interesting lifestyle but Chad and I are loving it!  We have rented our first home and are making our new house a home. TV mounted with all wires hidden behind wall? Check. Garden planted? Check. We love our evening walks through the vineyard and orchard.

It is just lovely. A short walk to the river, we have already purchased kayaks and love spending time on the water! The deck on the home is fantastic and I cannot wait to have our friends over for a barbecue!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Small Business Spotlight: The Local

Tri Cities is having a resurgence of small businesses and I am loving it!

The Local has been open for some time now but I finally found this gem and feel the need to shout it from the mountains. Tucked in off of Gage Rd in Richland, the Local is awesome! With simplistic decor and clean lines galore, this coffee shop is cozy without feeling rushed. A few tables, some couches and outdoor seating make this place feel like home. 

With a simple menu and delicious paninis this is the perfect place to dish about your week with a girlfriend,  work on the computer with the free wifi, or spend some quite time with yourself and a cup of Joe. 

Only downside, it is in a strip mall. I guess that means good parking but what is with the Tri Cities and strip malls? I will never get it.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Vineyard time lapse

A glimpse into Washington State Vineyards as flowers become berries and berries become wine. 

This Chardonnay cluster is almost in full bloom. Washington hit bloom in record time this year. With record heat units and ideal weather, fruit set happened without a hitch. 

Fast forward a few weeks and those flowers have set into berries. 

And now, we begin the mad dash toward harvest with verasion appearing on theWahluke  Slope in both red and white varieties.  Check out those purple berries!  

Now taking bets on the likely hood of harvest beginning before Labor Day here in Washington 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

First Anniversary, A Look Back

Sara Welch Photography 
Easter Sunday marked our one year anniversary.  We dove into the top of our wedding cake that has been living in our freezer for a whole year. It was just a little freezer burned but we got to enjoy it in the sunshine.  And the center of the chocolate cheesecake was pretty darn tasty, even if it has been a year.

Top of our wedding cake... One Year Later
Sara Welch Photography

One whole turn around the sun as a Lybeck and as Chads wife.  And oh what a year it has been.

You can read more about our wedding Here

We spent the year Wine tasting with friend, Cheering on our Cougs, and even made the trek to ABQ for a great southwestern style football weekend, Pep rally included... even if our beloved Cougs lost...

We got to see the SUPER BOWL CHAMPS play at the Clink

We Gardened, and dreamed of our plans for 2014

It is safe to say we are both looking forward to what year number 2 has in store!  And the 60 more after that!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Raised Lettuce Bed

When the sun is shining and the weekend is upon us, there is one thing to do.  Garden!

Full raised bed tutorial after a tour of the fun stuff! The greens inside the bed!
Some serious mixed lettuce
Kale screaming "juice me!!"
Spinach! To be paired with the strawberries for salads all summer long!

With a trip to Home Depot and the purchase of:
            • Two 12' x18"x2" boards
            • 12 Bolts
            • Three 12'x1" PVC pipes
            • Three 2'x1.5" PVC pipes
            • 6 U fittings
Plus the use of One 8'x4"x4" Board that we had on hand
Not having kids (yet), we removed the kiddo play kingdom from the backyard, leaving enough wood for raised beds, our compost area and we are hoping to create shelving within our shed! 
 Up-cycling at its finest!

We were able to make the bed for around $36.
We cut the boards to create 8'x4' beds and made sure to leave enough room for a stool, bucket or even better, a wheelbarrow between beds (and fences)!
Each hoop is 12', to anchor the hoop, cut the large diameter 2' pipe in half and attach with the U fitting.

It was a little bit of work but seeing these greens thrive is pretty awesome! And I must give thanks to my hubby for manning the saw and drill!