Rainy weekend in Seattle head east to Red Mountain
This late July weekend (21 & 22) is typically one of the nicest week-ends of the summer this week-end was rain and cold temperatures were predicted. Enough in dire need of sunshine we decided to pack up the dog and head to Yakima and then on to taste wine at Red Mountain.
Red Mountain is one of the smallest win growing appellants in Washington State with about 1100 acres planted. It has an elevation of about 1500 feet where the days are hot days and nights are cold perfect growing temperatures for some excellent red varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cab Franc, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Petit Verdot
Saturdays Red Mountain tastings were at; Hightower Cellars, Fidelitas and Cooper Wine Company there are approximately 22 wineries in the Red Mountain area. Hightower Cellars featured several very good Boudreaux Blends and two big Merlots. Fidelitas has amazing wines made by one of the best wine makers around Charlie Hoppes. Their Cabernet and Malbec were showing very well! The last stop was at Coopers, relatively new to Red Mountain they had some very good wines, particularly their estate grown Chardonnay and their 2009 Cabernet.
A great way to spend an afternoon under the birch trees on the green grass of Coopers tasting wine with the owner and his dog D.B., named after the extortionist D.B. Cooper who jumped out of a Boeing 727 somewhere between Portland and Seattle in 1971 with $200,000 he had extorted. He was never found.
Sun, wine and dogs a perfect week-end.