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.
Yanagimachi said he got an offer last week to return to California and take over winemaking at a 13,000-gallon winery. 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 recently.
Cascadia’s last day open was Sept. 15.
Yanagimachi said he planned to 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.
He said he didn’t want to reveal the name of the winery until he gets down there and signs a contract.
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. in King City, Calif., and was winemaker at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, Calif. He also worked for Worden’s Winery and Arbor Crest Cellars in Spokane after earning his degree in fermentation science at University of California-Davis in 1988.