Tripping to Red Willow

We are really looking forward to what promises to be an amazing weekend in eastern Washington after Labor Day. On Friday, we are joining Columbia Winery’s annual pilgrammage to Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Our hosts Mike and Karen Sauer will tell us about their vineyard and share some of the excellent wines that Columbia Winery has produced from their grapes. Then there will be a barbeque in the vineyard and an incredible experience for anyone: 360-degree views of the spectacular sunset in that part of Washington state.

The next day, we’ll travel to Prosser, wine tasting along the way of course, until we reach The Hogue Cellars, where we will join their 25th anniversary celebrations. We really enjoyed our last trip to Hogue in April–this time, we’ll have the treat of tasting some of their library wines and a picnic-style lunch.

The Columbia Winery tour ends at that point, so we will head to Walla Walla that afternoon for another round of tastings at our favorite wineries: Forgeron Cellars, Reininger Winery, Goose Ridge Estates and Three Rivers Winery (we adore their 2003 Meritage) … to name a few. There are many more.

Maybe we’ll be luckier this time and find Long Shadows Vintners open for tastings. That’s been on our list for a long time, but the winery hadn’t opened yet when we were there in April. We’ve been anxious to taste the 2004 Pedestal Columbia Merlot for months. I just noticed their Web site says it’s sold out, but hopefully there is some left for tasting at the winery!