Seattle Wine Awards

…Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2012 Crawford Viognier, Columbia Valley Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2012 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Shepard’s Mark, Horse Heaven Hills Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2010 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Quarry Butte, Horse Heaven Hills Amavi Cellars 2010 Les Collines Syrah, Walla Walla Valley Amavi Cellars 2011 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley Ambassador Vineyard 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain Angel Vine 2010 The Hellion, Columbia V… Continue reading

Red Willow Vineyard: Part II

In an earlier post, I described the wonderful people, the Sauer family, at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. In the weeks ahead, I am going to write about the grapes, the terroir and more about the incredible story of the Sauer family. Right now, I’m going to tell you about how we met them in the first place. As members of Columbia Winery’s Cellar Club , we signed up for a trip last weekend to visit Red Willow Vineyard and to… Continue reading

Red Willow Vineyard: Part III

…ather conditions, grapes and winemaking, all of which contribute to give a specific personality to the wine. At Red Willow Vineyard, terroir is all of the above and then some. As mentioned in a previous post, Red Willow owner and self-proclaimed farmer, Mike Sauer defines wine as bringing the soil, the site, the season and the efforts of many people together into a single vintage. We visited Red Willow Vineyard in early September as part of a gro… Continue reading

Red Willow Vineyard: Part IV

When we visited Red Willow Vineyard in early September, Mike Sauer talked passionately about the history of the land in the Yakima Valley and how it was affected by the repeated Lake Missoula floods at the end of the ice age. The area that became his peninsula vineyard, with its high elevation, was above the water level and not affected by the water-deposited silt and sand like much of the valley floor. By the time the first wine grapes were pla… Continue reading

Red Willow Vineyard: Part V

…. Those who read this blog know that I’ve written quite a few posts recently about our amazing journey to Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Imagine our surprise to learn that Gar had visited the vineyard too! According to Red Willow owner Mike Sauer, Edgar and his lovely wife Holly visited Red Willow Vineyard a couple of years ago for a charity event on behalf of the Children’s Hospital. They toured the vineyard and picked Syr… Continue reading

Red Willow Vineyard

Anyone who knows about Washington state wine should know about Red Willow Vineyard. It’s where wine pioneer Mike Sauer planted his first vineyard in 1971. It’s where Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 1973 are still in production. It’s where the first production of Syrah grapes in the state took place in 1988. It’s where the superb grapes are carefully tended and made into excellent wines at Columbia Winery and many othe… Continue reading

Great Summer Idea: Yakima Valley Vineyard Tours

One of our favorite vineyards in Washington state is Red Willow Vineyard – not only for the premium grapes grown there, but also for the down-to-earth (pun intended) wonderful owners Mike and Jon Sauer. We had the privilege to spend time with the Sauers during a trip to Red Willow shortly after this blog launched in 2007. My first post discussed the Sauer family and their unique story, while the rest of the five-part series covered the ter… Continue reading

Tripping to Red Willow

…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 p… Continue reading

Syrah Saturday

…finest, Boushey Vineyard, and was rated 95 points by Wine Spectator, while 2008 Ceidleigh is a rich wonder from Red Mountain, rated 93 points by Wine Spectator. William Church: Co-owner and winemaker Rod Balsley creates Syrah once again with his trademark flair. His “Jennifer” 2008 Syrah was sourced from three premium vineyards: Dineen Family, Red Willow and Stillwater Creek.  This Syrah, complex, dark and aromatic, was co-fermented w… Continue reading

Wines for Thanksgiving

…lars 2009 Outcast Cabernet Franc Barrage Cellars 2008 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Cooper Wine Company 2008 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Efeste 2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon Fidelitas 2009 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain Fidelitas 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Franc Red Mountain Force Majeure 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Collaboration Series, Force Majeure Vineyard Red Mountain Forgeron Cellars 2010 Zinfandel… Continue reading