The Family Vineyard Rows
Jim Bloom has managed the award winning Middleridge Vineyards
outside of Hopland for over 25 years. As manager there he won "Grape
Grower of the Year" from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Competition with his Sauvignon Blanc for Windsor Winery.
When Jim and his late wife Ranee purchased their farm in Sanel
Valley outside of Hopland they asked family and friends to come help
them plant the first rows of grapes. They put plaques at the end of
each row designating who planted the row.
Jacob plants his row in 1996.
Ken inspects his row in 2006.
- The first harvest was 1998, and Ken and Virginia traveled to
California to help with that first harvest and each year since
then. Jim makes sure the best grapes are saved for Bloom
Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
A NEW VINEYARD IS PLANTED FOR BLOOMS
- Ken and Virginia have spent time each summer and fall
visiting vineyards in Eastern Washington walking the rows
tasting grapes and talking to growers to find the best grapes to
make their Washington wines.
- The main source of grapes is in the Rattlesnake Hills region
of the Yakima Valley, where the Syrah and Viognier from Julie
Bosma were grown. Julie Bosma has since planted a new section of
vineyard exclusively for Blooms Winery, so we now have an Estate
Vineyard and source our Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon,
Malbec and Petit Verdot there, with several more varieties to
- Whidbey Island grown grapes, when available are from our few
rows and sometimes from other local vineyards.
- And of course, we do grow our own rhubarb for that fabulous
Ambrosia wine that folks love so much!
The Grapes Are Ready
Harvest is less work when the whole family helps out!
Watching the Newly Planted Vineyard
at Bosma Vineyards Rattlesnake HIlls
is pleased with the progress of the new vineyard in a visit in early
spring of 2012. The first harvest, although a small one, was
early as the 2013 vintage! Many more good years and fine wine to