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Archibald James

Minimal-intervention wines and ciders, handmade from start to finish.

 

Our ciders

Beautifully balanced, dry & delicious

Our wines

Arriving summer 2019

Philosophy 

We are fortunate to be surrounded by a diversity of great fruit in Washington and we try to highlight this in all our wines and ciders. Everything is handmade in small batches at our facility in Cashmere, WA.

We believe in minimal intervention, letting the natural characteristics of the fruit shine through. We use organic produce whenever possible, never any artificial ingredients or additives, and minimal sulfites.

Our ciders lay on the drier side- from no residual sweetness to just enough to balance acidity and provide character. In order to achieve off-dry ciders we either arrest the fermentation or blend in fresh-pressed apple juice to reach our target balance. Some of our seasonal ciders are co-fermented with local fruits and herbs that complement the core fruit and add complexity, but don’t overwhelm. Other ciders simply showcase the apples- whether they are familiar varieties or the lesser know varieties cherished for the ciders they yield.

Our wines celebrate the grapes and the places they were grown, with a focus on balance and nuance rather than heavy extraction and oak. We try to bring a diversity of grapes and styles of winemaking into the cellar and deliver something with character and depth to the consumer.

Long traditions of family farming leave us with the greatest respect for our natural environment. Our namesake exemplified these values, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating the natural bounty of our region.