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Winemaker's Journal — Cascadia Winery closes

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Things can change quickly in the wine industry.

So it was for Alan Yanagimachi and his Cascadia Winery in Peshastin.Less than two weeks after I blogged about Yanagimachi and his popular Cascadia Apple Wine, he has closed the winery down for good. That Aug. 30 blog can be found here:

Yanagimachi said he got an offer last week to return to California and take over winemaking Monterrey Wine Co. in King City. The winery will crush about 13,000 tons of grapes this year. He said his decision had to be made quickly because of the winery's immediate need in the middle of its crush period.

"I didn't even look for it. It was completely unsolicited, but when I got the message, I knew I had better pay attention to it," he said Saturday.

Cascadia's last day open was Sunday. Yanagimachi said he'll close the winery and gift shop at 10090 Main St., pack up his car with a few personal items and leave for California Monday. If all goes as he expects, he plans to return in November and December to sell off his winery equipment and make a permanent move to California.

Yanamigachi started Cascadia Winery in June 2006. The small boutique winery focused on its popular Apple and Apple Blush wines, but also made Merlot, Roussanne and Cherry-Merlot Dessert wines. Yanamigachi previously was head of winemaking operations for Monterey Wine Co. from 2002 to 2005. He also was winemaker at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, Calif. and Worden's Winery and Arbor Crest Cellars in Spokane after earning his degree in fermentation science at U.C. Davis in 1988.

Good luck Alan!