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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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  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Viognier

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

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  • Page Cellars

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

  • 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...

  • Sparkman Cellars

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

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  • Nice one RC.  I hope it lasts a month in your cellar....Our Duckhorn ... ... ... Canvasback (wines from Red Mountain AVA in Washington state) were picked up today.  I'm really looking forward to drinking them, but I shall wait a bi Read More

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  • Gorman Winery Cabernet-Syrah Blend Red Mountain the Evil Twin 2006

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    Delicious, full bodied and good finish. Read More

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  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We discovered the Red Mountain AVA on our March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonnay. Read More

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  • The Urban Winery scene in Seattle is booming.  The movement began with six ... red wines from Walla Walla, Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs.  Bold, rich and enticing without being overwhelming.  Greg and Dave typically have up to 8 wines open for tasting the second Saturday of each month.Cloudlift  White and Red wines that are made to b... Read More

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  • P.S.  The Seattle Urban Wineries are all open on the 2nd Saturday of each ... - dark and lush reds from Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla, Charles Smith - Multiple Syrahs from Walla Walla and his Chardonnay project named Sixto.Cheer Read More

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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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