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Published: Monday, November 26, 2012, 3:55 p.m.

Prosser grape grower also crushing and pressing

  • Erubiel Clara, cellar master for Zirkle in Prosser, stands inside the company's newly built custom crushing facility in the Food and Wine Park. The ne...

    Bob Brawdy / The Tri-City Herald

    Erubiel Clara, cellar master for Zirkle in Prosser, stands inside the company's newly built custom crushing facility in the Food and Wine Park. The new facility has a maximum capacity of 1.2 million gallons.

PROSSER -- The Zirkle Wine Co. in Prosser grows grapes, crushes grapes and ferments grape juice, but don't look for its brand in the market.
The company processes wine for others. One of its biggest customers is Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, the largest wine producer in the state.
The Tri-City Herald reported that Zirkle completed a $4.5 million custom crush facility just in time for this year's harvest. It crushed and pressed the juice out of about 5,000 tons of grapes.
Story tags » WineProsser

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