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Spring '14 News


An Introduction to Our Estate 'Octave' Vineyard
by Winemaker Jean-Fran├žois Pellet
   As our new 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon release approaches, I would like to address a question some of you have asked:  What is the history of Octave Vineyard and how did it become an estate vineyard for our winery?
   In late 2004, Norm and his partners at Seven Hills Vineyard acquired almost 2,000 acres of JF in PBV-croppedland, directly adjacent to the south part of that vineyard. During my first tour of the site, I was so impressed with it, I decided I wanted a piece of the action.  I told Norm I would come back to him shortly with an offer. After few weeks of reflection and discussion, I rounded up seven very good friends (including Norm) who are all involved at different levels of the industry: soil health, winegrowing, winemaking, sales, marketing, wine management / service, and wine collecting.  We decided in 2006 to purchase a 40-acre parcel located at an elevation range of 1250 to 1350 feet. The eight of us each took an equal part of the shares, and this is the origin of the name Octave.
   Because of our wide base of experience in wine and farming, we decided that we were willing to take some calculated risks and committed to create the best vineyard in the area for our future generations.  In 2007, we proceeded to plant the five traditional Bordeaux varietals, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. We established two different row orientations, selected 15 different clones, and planted five acres on grafted rootstock.
  bud break Despite the fact that Octave is less than two miles from Seven Hills Vineyard, we learned quickly that our farming practices had to be very different because of the higher elevation and the wind exposure.  Also, it is a later-ripening site.  We usually harvest two to three weeks after Seven Hills.
   I chose to include grapes from this vineyard into our Pepper Bridge wines because they add yet another layer of depth and complexity. Octave grapes produce distinct earthy notes and structureelements that are complementary to those from Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge.
   I am happy to report that both the site and the partnership panned out.  The wines coming from this new site are already outstanding and will only get better.  The partnership has deepened friendships and created a fantastic network for all of us.  Our annual meetings are generally very well attended and so entertaining...
Cheers to a great venture!

Pepper Bridge Winery Gift Packs

Featuring 1 bottle each of
Cabernet Sauvignon | Trine | Merlot
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Spring and summer inevitably bring with them a time of college graduation and wedding gift-giving. Whether you're in attendance or not, show them you care with the classy elegance of our Pepper Bridge Winery gift pack: the perfect introduction to our Walla Walla Valley wines.

The wines are packaged in a custom 3-bottle box. We will happily add a personalized note and have plenty of shipping options to ensure your gift arrives on time.

News from Woodinville

Confident, well-educated staff members are something we place a high value on here at Pepper Bridge Winery. Along with a winery sponsored enrichment trip to Walla Walla for harvest every year, our Woodinville staff members have also taken it upon themselves to further their education to include a broader perspective concerning the entire world of winemaking. Tasting room manager Jennifer Clapp is a Certified Sommelier and has been invited to sit for thelinda in france advanced test with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

The Northwest Wine Academy in West Seattle now has two active students from our tasting room, along with one alumnus. Regina Daigneault runs this amazing program which includes the history of the world's winemaking regions, sensory classes, wine and food pairing, through full scale production. Classes like "Wines of the World" allow our staff members to understand the origin of winemaking and how our wines fit into the spectrum of the world's classic regions. As a result of participation in this program, our staff is not only more passionate about wine but is also able to confidently answer questions that club members and guests may have about wine. Along with the in-depth classes each semester, Reggie also takes any interested students on an enrichment trip to a great winemaking region in the world. Linda Ham was able to participate in the trip last year, which included visits to some of the top chateaux in Bordeaux, Loire, Champagne, and the Alsace regions of France.

Anyone who has interest in learning more about the world of wine is encouraged to look into a class or two with no obligation to finish a certification program.

    At the end of 2013, we eagerly welcomed Aaron Smith to our team in the role of National Sales Manager.
    Aaron most recently served as a regional sales manager for Vintage Wine Estates, where his major focus was on territory development within national and regional accounts. He brings more than a decade of industry experience, including stints as the wine director for a luxury hotel and the statewide sales manager for a small wine distributor. He is excited to apply his experience to developing our presence across the United States and to promoting our emerging wine region. Born and raised in Washington state, this also provides him with the opportunity to return to his roots.
    Aaron currently resides in the Los Angeles area. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, friends, and family. He is a fan of all things outdoors and is also an accomplished musician.

He can be reached at or 310-213-8566.

edie_cropped_b&w There's been an addition to the family!

On January 17th, Partner Travis Goff and proud father, John Ragan, brought a beautiful little bundle of joy into this world. Both mother and daughter are the epitome of health and happiness. We couldn't be more excited...


new releases

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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2011 Trine
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If you love our wines, please consider joining the Bridge Club. There are many benefits in being a Bridge Club Member...


With the new year comes a great time to remind our loyal Bridge Club members of a few policies, effective at both Walla Walla and Woodinville locations:

  1. We are only able to hold your wine shipment for up to one year from the purchase date. Beyond that, we will happily swap out current vintages for you.
  2. In addition to parties and events, we also extend four complimentary tastings to you per year (a $160 value). Beyond this, you and your group will pay our regular tasting fee.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


        We've got a lot of fun events on the horizon, including a Winemaker Dinner hosted right here at Pepper Bridge Winery on May 3rd. View our full events calendar here.

we hope to see you soon!

Contact Us
Walla Walla: (509) 525-6502
Woodinville: (425) 483-7026

1704 J.B. George Road
Walla Walla, WA 99362
14810 NE 145th Street Bldg A-3
Woodinville, WA 98072