All I want is oysters, cheese and poached lobster after reading all about Montmains last week from Jeremy Eubanks. Well done!
This week: Since Jeremy was the sole champion last week, let's see who can hang with him in describing the major geology of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA
The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA was proposed by a professor of geology, Dr. Kevin Pogue of Whitman College in Walla Walla. This particular AVA seems unique in that although it is in Umatilla County Oregon it appears to straddle both Oregon and Washington state.Grapes grown in this AVA but produced in Washington could lead to some confusion in so far as origin. The TTBY petition was based primarily on it's unique soils, specifically cobble loam, gravelly silt and large boulders. These types of soils provide excellent drainage for vines and soil depths for root development.Additionally, the large boulders store radiant heat which protects vines from potential frost damage.. These soils also contain high amounts of calcium, titanium and iron which contribute to health vines.