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Red Mountain AVA Alliance Block Party
Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Benton City, WA
FOR 2013 THE DATE IS SEPTEMBER 28...WATCH THIS SPACE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE DATE TICKETS GO ON SALE!
SPEND A PERFECT SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER ON RED MOUNTAIN
You'll get a map to start. Then you're on your way to explore the activities that are reserved just for ticket holders. You may see the "little red trolley" which your ticket allows you to hop on and hop off as it cruises Red Mountain. If you'd rather drive yourself, that's great too. We just like to give you options.
Note that certain venues have specialized tastings with a limited number of participants that can be accomodated; if you arrive and a tour or tasting is full, you may have to wait until the next tour or tasting begins.
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Tickets will permit guests to:
-- Spend time with winemakers, vineyard owners and growers
-- Sample wines at participating wineries
-- Take part in vineyard walks and hikes
-- Gain an intimate education into the unique terroir of Red Mountain AVA
-- Enjoy the intimate nature of Red Mountain through a trolley trip from winery to vineyard
-- Receive a logo-ed wine glass
This event has been made possible through the generous support of Trysk Print Solutions.
Selected Events by Venue
Col Solare — Red Mountain Block party guests will be entertained in the Barricaia cellar, where they will experience a special tasting of the limited single varietal production of Red Mountain Syrah and Red Mountain Cabernet, along with a sampling of cheeses and exotic game sausages to taste with the wines. Max. 12 pp,
Cooper: A Red Mountain Winery – Light Parings off the Barbecue out in the Vineyard lawn with local chef Mac Wachter. Plan on enjoying the sunset on Red Mountain with Coop, Bud, and his staff with the (un)Official "Post-Party" Music/Food 5pm-9pm
BPA, C, $
Corvus Cellars — Owners Randall and Jennifer Hopkins will be opening up their Red Mountain Tasting Room for the ONLY time this season. Gourmet food from Andre’s Food cart will be available for an additional cost.
C, BPA, $
DeLille Cellars Doyenne/Upchurch Vineyard – At Upchurch Vineyard winemaker Chris Upchurch will be sampling a wine normally reserved for DeLille Cellars Wine Club members and be talking about their Red Mountain vineyard, Grand Ciel.
Beginning 11:30, I, BPA
Fidelitas— Owner and winemaker Charlie Hoppes will take you on a leisurely stroll through our Estate Vineyard followed by vertical tastings of our Red Mountain Red and Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Sauvignon. Tacos will be available for purchase from our favorite local taco wagon. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!
Goedhart Family — Owner Sarah & Brent Goedhart will be serving up a vertical tasting of their Syrah along with samples of freshly baked bread. Their wood-fired oven will provide Sarah’s homemade kale pesto, garden tomato, arugula and fresh cheese paninis for $10.
The Hedges Family Estate — Pouring their 2009 Red Mountain Club Limited wines, in the French Country Kitchen with either winemaker Pete Hedges or assistant winemaker Sarah Goedhardt. The tasting will be in the French Country Kitchen, and will be limited to 20 people at a time, every 30 minutes.
Hightower Cellars – Visit with the owners and winemakers, Tim and Kelly Hightower, at their uniquely designed winery overlooking their estate vineyard. You will get to tour the winery, experience the winemaking process, and taste some library wines as well as enjoy Macrina Bakery bread made from the natural yeast on their estate grapes paired with cheese and Boat Street Pickles.
C, BPA, FS, F, FI
Kiona Vineyard & Winery – The Williams Family has scoured their library and pulled three Estate Cabernets dating back to the 1990s made from their original 1975 block on the Kiona Estate vineyard. They'll focus on the age ability of Red Mountain wines and winemaking philosophies at Kiona.
C, B, FI
Montescarlatto Vineyards — Entertainment is the theme at Montescarlatto, where owner Joel MacKay will host music, catered food and a 9-hole par-3 golf tournament with prizes for low score, closest to pin and most times visiting the vineyard. I, BPA, Bcond, FI
Portrait Cellars portraitcellars.com – Owners Eve and Ed Shaw will offer winery tours, a barrel tasting and, if they are fortunate enough to be processing fruit that day, a grape harvesting experience.
Tapteil Vineyard Winery — Sample the new releases of 2010 Tapteil Estate Merlot and 2010 Artist Series Syrah, Spilya Vineyard with owners Larry and Jane Pearson. Afterwards, observe harvest activities and enjoy an old-fashioned grape stomp for a great photo op. There is a wonderful selection of imported oils and balsamic vinegars to sample, as well.
C, BPA, FS, FI
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard — Owner and winemaker Keith Pilgrim will be tasting groups of guests through a six vintage vertical of ONYX going back to “99 and five single varietals libraried wines including the ‘07 Petit Verdot and 07 Cabernet Franc among others. Café Orsa will be serving their full menu, separate cost.
BPA, I, $, WS
Upchurch Vineyard — Winemaker Chris Upchurch and his wife and co-owner Thea Upchurch invite you to explore their vineyard throughout the day, limited to forty people. Guests will learn about the newest Red Mountain winery, sustainable viticulture and biodiversity from one of the first certified by L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) vineyards on Red Mountain.
Beginning 11:30, I, Small BPA
C Activities run continuously
I Activities are intermittent and scheduled
B - Accepts buses
BPA - Accepts buses by prior arrangement
Bcond - Accepts buses before 1pm/small buses
FS - Food samples included with your ticket
$ - Cafe/Food vendors selling food for an additional cost
FI - Food items for purchase for an additional cost
WS - Wine Storage