Rare Grapes in a Unique Place: Whidbey Island Winery

Posted on: February 20th, 2013 by

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The Wine Without Worry podcast rolls on, and this episode has a local flair. Not far from my HQ in Seattle, I take a trip to Whidbey Island Winery, talking with Assistant Winemaker Leah Waaramaki. Ok, Leah actually just showed up at my place and we taped the episode. Though I have visited the winery numerous times, and the pictures in the post are from a few of those trips.

It’s an action-packed podcast. Leah and I tempt fate by putting wine in the freezer, consume wines both red and white, reveal our dream of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Puget Sound sparkling wine project. And I mangle her last name not once, but twice. Even though I asked her how to pronounce it correctly and wrote it our phonetically.

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You’ll also get to know these rare grapes: Sigerrebe, Madeleine Sylvaner, and Madeleine Angevine. We also dive in to Washington wine as a whole, and how someone with a zoology degree becomes not a zookeeper but a winemaker.

Below is a picture of Leah, along with Winemaker Greg Osenbach. (Greg actually taught me Grape Vine Pruning 101.) Listen to our whole conversation:

Wine Without Worry Episode 4 on iTunes: Rare Grapes in a Unique Place: Washington State’s Whidbey Island Winery.

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  1. John Reeder says:

    I am looking for cuttings or plants for madeleine angevine and siegerrebe for my personal use. I am a fairly new grower on 4 acres in Wauna, Wa. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you, John Reeder.

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  2. Hi John!
    We would be happy to get some cuttings for you. We begin pruning around December, or after the vines go dormant for the Winter. Give us a call around that time at (360)221-2040, and we can arrange for a time for you to visit the winery and go home with a car full of canes!
    Cheers

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