Somebody pulled up to a Benton County vineyard within the last week and ripped off a ton of grapes. And not just any old grapes. They were Bushvine Mourvedre, grown on the bush, not strung out on trellises like most other grapes. That might be pretty common in some parts of France, but not in the Red Mountain appellation area of Eastern Washington or anywhere else in the state for that matter.
"This is a very exotic grape for Washington State," says Paul McBride, one of the partners in Grand Reve Vintners. Grand Reve planted the Mourvedre three years ago and this would have been their first harvest to use for winemaking.