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is arguably Washington’s most well-defined and distinctive viticultural area. In large part this is due to its geography. It is a moderately steep slope (not much of a mountain, really) facing southwest as it rises above a sharp bend in the Yakima River, at the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley. The AVA totals 4,040 acres, with just 700 under vine. It is home to two of Washington’s most prestigious vineyards — Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun — which provide grapes for dozens of the state’s most sought-after boutique wines. In addition, wineries such as Quilceda Creek, DeLille Cellars and Cadence have recently planted their own estate vineyards on the mountain.

Red Mountain is one of the hottest sites in the state, and ripens Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a wide variety of Rhone grapes such as Syrah exceptionally well. The sandy loam soil is high in calcium and alkaline, which is reflected in the quality of the grapes that grow here. Until recently, growth was impossible due to a moratorium on well Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Page Cellars

    The journey started in 2000 when Jim and Rothelle Page brought their vision into focus with the d...

  • Sparkman Cellars

    Sparkman Cellars is a family intent on creating a rich, soulful life around Washington's remarka...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • Saintpaulia Vintners

    Saintpaulia Vintners was built in 1993 on land adjacent to an 80,000 square foot commercial green...

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  • Getting back to wine for a moment, last night we hosted a wine dinner with our ... Passage Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain).  We served pork, lamb chops, steak and fish!  The grill was busy and I was really feeling the wine while grilling so I hope I didn't screw anything up.  I remember the ladies saying that the fish was done just right so t... Read More

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  • EM - You're playing favorites again.MJET - Congratulations on the dual ... ... in McLean VA because it has Red Mountain AVA fruit.  Our meals were a rib-eye steak for Sandra and beef short ribs for myself.  We finished it with a sherry for Sandra, a vermouth for me.  The acrobatics were great and it's amazing the tricks they can perfor Read More

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true wine geek when I was informed of a trade show in Tampa my first thought was "I'm making reservations at Bern's." I have friends who live in Tampa about 3 min from the restaurant so we hooked up for a fun three top. Rachel came recommended as a Somm so I requested her in advance.... Read More

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  • Here's an offer from another vendor on that list. Lots of mouthwatering classics here that are quite hard to find. Bottle prices in some cases are getting up there, others not as much. Many will need TLC considering their age, of course, but this vendor is reliable, and well keyed into the Napa scene.    Take a look at this list -- MAYACAMAS, HE... Read More

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  • More wine allocations tonight - Duckhorn and Domaine Drouhin.  Life is ... is ... utilized fruit from Red Mountain!  I can't wait to drink that one but I will wait until our neighbors come over for a wine dinner on 15 April, 2017.  Can't wait too long.. Read More

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  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting ... and of course he knew of the Red Mountain AVA out there.  This personal interaction is why you want to belong to a few wine clubs.&nbs Read More

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  • I know exactly what you mean about not being able to slow down too much as the ... ... that used fruit from Red Mountain were at the top of our list.  With Pinot Noir in Oregon, Soter was our favorite - that's why we joined their wine club.&nbs Read More

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  • Tasting in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington. Read More

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was a hell of a day, great wine, great people and a lot of fun. Today we headed over the hill to the "other side" where we met up with Robin Akhurst, winemaker extraordinaire and just an all around great guy. We met Robin two years ago thru no other than our favorite local expert... Read More

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  • I'm on a Syrah streak right now.  All from Washington...2010 Red Mountain Syrah is hitting its stride.  Dark, earthy and savory.Fun three year vertical from Eight Bells at the winery on Saturday.  All from Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima Valley.  Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen (will be bottled next week).  The thirteen was my favorite.2012 Showing... Read More

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