It was very disappointing to miss Long Shadows Vintners during our weekend trip to eastern Washington. Unfortunately, Long Shadows doesn’t have a tasting room and is not open to the public. But kudos to Mike Williamson of the sales and marketing team–he quickly responded to a last-minute e-mail from me and offered an appointment within two days. I would have loved to stop by and have a chat, but I already had an appointment at Red Willow Vineyard that day.
Long Shadows is a consortium of world-renowned prestigious vintners — also referred to as the “Dream Team” — led by Washington state wine pioneer Allen Shoup. It was Shoup’s vision to establish a collection of the top world talent in the winemaking industry. Not surprisingly, the wines that have been crafted so far by Long Shadows Vintners have received widespread applause.
The world-class wines of Long Shadow are so popular that all but the 2005 Poet’s Leap Riesling and the 2004 Chester Kidder Columbia Valley Red are sold out on the winery’s Web site. So imagine our surprise when we found a bottle of Long Shadow’s 2004 Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot and 2004 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Napa Valley wine legend Randy Dun nat Stems, a fine wine gift shop that’s part of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Yakima.
If you ever hear of any Long Shadows tastings in the Seattle area, please count us in. Until then, try to find some time to read more about Long Shadows Vintners incredible story. It’s an interesting read!