Katy Rutland
May 1, 2014 | What's Up in the Winery | Katy Rutland

Terra Blanca’s Spring Cleaning

With summer right around the corner, the winery is in full bloom. Every grape vine is in full bud, and leaves are reaching for the sun. What’s up with the arbor? Wisteria blooms turned it purple just in time for Spring Barrel Tasting last weekend, and now it is covered in leaves. From the Tasting Room windows, it looks like a huge, untamed bush has grown on top of the arches and is shaggy from the many tendrils searching for a hold. 

With the flowers and vines in bloom, spring has definitely sprung at Terra Blanca, and we’re plowing into the season. Literally! 

Next time you’re driving down Highway 224 from West Richland, take a look to the right as you get close to DeMoss Road. See all that cleared land? The patches with sprinklers that turn the white dirt brown? That is where the future of Terra Blanca will be planted in the next few weeks. Just under 20 acres will be planted, most of it with Cabernet Sauvignon. We have the plants all ready to take to the trellises, so it’s only a matter of time before they’ll start reaching for the sun too. 

And if you’re coming from I-82, look to the left (after you’ve visited the Tasting Room, of course) as you head up the hill toward Sunset Road. That’s the area for new vines. 

If you’ve been to the winery recently, you may have noticed that our pond is looking a little low. Well, Lake Pilgrim is getting a boost this week as Keith and his crew plug a leak that has plagued the pond for years. Once the leak is plugged, water will fill up the pond, and Keith plans to put fish in it. We may need to invest in some “No Fishing” signs, unless that’s how Keith intends to spend his off time. Or maybe he’ll charter out remote-controlled sailboats, but that’s a story for another week. 

 Needless to say, we are busily preparing Terra Blanca for the warm weather. The lawn is mowed, the weeds have been pulled, and everything is greening up and gearing up for summer. 

To take advantage of the balmy afternoons, Café Orsa will now be open Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for lunch in addition to its normal dinner service from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you haven’t been by yet this year to try the new menu, come join us on one of these sunny days! Sit down to enjoy the view, Terra Blanca wine, and great food, as prepared by our guest chefs from Twigs Martini Bar & Bistro. 

We’ve also cleared out the bar a bit by bringing in a couple fresh labels. The 2008 Arch Terrace Cabernet Franc and 2008 Signature Series Red Blend have both been sent to the Library to make way for the young guns now gracing our tasting menu: the 2009 Arch Terrace Cabernet Franc and the 2009 Signature Series Batholith (a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah). 

If you haven’t had a chance to sample these new wines or the new Café Orsa menu, drop on by and say hi to our Wine Educators. They’ll treat you right and answer any questions you may have. One that comes to mind right away is, “What is a batholith?” Cross your mind too? Then what are you waiting for? Consider this your invitation, and we’ll see you in the Tasting Room!

Veni, Vidi, Vinum!
Terra Blanca


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