Windfall Winery and AP wine are the result of a "happy convergence" of several seemingly unrelated parts of my life. One summer, while in graduate school, I assisted in a special course designed to interest gifted, but underachieving students in science. The highlight of that summer was an experiment to demonstrate fermentation. We added yeast to fruit and turned into wine! They were impressed! So was I. Many years later, to the dismay of my wife, I returned to the production of fruit wines as a hobby.
We purchase our Asian Pears from grower cooperatives in Oregon and Washington. As soon as practical after harvest, the fruit is crushed and the juice extracted in a cider mill. The cooled juice is transported to our winery in Prosser, Washington where it is placed in stainless steel fermentors. After adjusting the acidity and sugar content, the juice is inoculated and fermentation is allowed to proceed under rigorously controlled conditions until all of the available sugar has been converted to alcohol. The wine is removed from its lees and allowed to age for several months during which time it is exposed to oak to mellow and add complexity. During this time, the wine is filtered several times and, when it is "ready", bottled under sterile conditions.
The resulting wine is golden and crystal clear, with an alcohol content of between 11 and 12%. It retains some of the exotic flavors of its Asian pear origins, but has citrus notes and noticeable oak overtones. It is best served chilled with Asian dishes, fish, light pastas or just about any other main dish. It is also wonderful with cheese, appetizers, or just by itself. We think you will particularly enjoy it on warm summer evenings spent with friends (what could be more special?). Your enjoyment will be all the greater knowing that you are helping another family achieve home ownership and become contributing members of the community.
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We invite you to contact these organizations directly if you would like to become more involved. It is our goal to expand both the number of land trusts and the amount of that support as our sales grow.