1,600 Trees

The Mercer Conservation Team is focused on re-planting two of the important tree lines that serve as wind blocks which deter soil erosion in the sandy soils on the southeast corner of the ranch.  The area that is being protected with conservation trees will eventually also be planted to a small block of Cabernet Sauvignon... Continue reading 


The Perfect Spring Sipper

Although we make about 25 different wines at Mercer Wine Estates, our Rose’ is one of the wines I get most excited about.  We grow a block of Grenache specifically to make rose’, quite a luxury for a winemaker. What do we do different? It all starts in the vineyard.  We hang a heavier crop... Continue reading 


2016 Harvest

2016 was another great vintage. This is a year where you can have your cake and eat it too: yield per acre is fantastic, as is quality! From the perspective of the viticulturist, I am very excited about the Mercer Sauvignon blanc from Princeton vineyard and the Cabernet Sauvignon from Eagle & Plow Block 93... Continue reading 


Bad Travel makes Good Relationships

In just a touch over a year, we're headed to one of the most picturesque places on this planet--the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Cliffs that fall right into the sea, charming fishing villas, producer of cheese, lemon groves, and, of course, our favorite--wine. Our winemaker, Jessica Munnell, will host this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trip and we... Continue reading 


A Perspective for Arbor Day

We live, work and farm in a desert.  Not going to pull any punches, it would be a vast wasteland if it wasn’t for two important factors.  1.  Much of the soil in the Horse Heaven Hills is a loamy sand with enough clay content (about 5%) to hold and capture water and, 2.  We have... Continue reading 


WA Winery of the Year

MERCER ESTATES WINERY RECOGNIZED AS  WASHINGTON STATE WINERY OF THE YEAR BY WINE PRESS NORTHWEST Prosser, WA (March 16, 2016) -  “In the past four years, Mercer Wine Estates has tripled its production to more than 60,000 cases of wine, all while raising quality to new levels”, cites Andy Perdue from Wine Press Northwest online.... Continue reading 


The Quest for Wine

I am a board member of the Washington Wine Commission and as such I just recently attended a two day planning seminar related to reviewing, and as it turned out, redefining our Wine Commission values and mission statements.  The discussions that occurred at this meeting has given me pause--to reflect and share--as it relates to... Continue reading