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Jess Zander
 
September 15, 2014 | Jess Zander

2014 Harvest- the Start

Harvest is officially underway! We get things going a little earlier on Red Mountain, where the heat units are higher than many other parts of the state, meaning earlier ripening.  So far, we've brough in Sauvignon Blanc from Klipsun Vineyard and Merlot from Scootenney Flats, to name a few.  This are happening quickly in the vineyards and the cellar...we'll be sure to keep you updated!

Time Posted: Sep 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM
Erin Todak
 
August 7, 2014 | Erin Todak

Red Mountain Staff Training

Throughout the year, the Team Fidelitas staff shares our story and the uniqueness of Red Mountain wines with our guests at our two respective tasting rooms. While most of our staff is able to individually visit our Red Mountain or Woodinville tasting rooms on a regular basis, it’s not very often that the entire Fidelitas Team is able to get together as a family.  For two days in the middle of July, our Woodinville family made the trek to the east side of the state to visit Red Mountain for our second annual Staff Retreat.

After the initial hugs and introductions, we settled in and were treated to a delicious lunch with Jim Holmes of the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. Jim shared memories and future plans about Red Mountain’s romance, terrior, and bright future.  It was such a privilege to learn more about our home from such a great and knowledgeable man! 

Lunch was followed by an extensive tour of Red Mountain’s vineyards lead by Charlie, while enjoying the oppressive sun and heat of a Red Mountain afternoon. But seriously…it was so hot!  We also spent the later part of the afternoon visiting a few of our neighbors (a huge thank you to the Frichettes and Kiona for hosting us!) for a late afternoon wine tasting.

Quintessence Vineyard

Kiona Vineyard - some of the oldest vines on the Mountain

Shaw Vineyard, looking west

East end of the AVA

Our evening consisted of relaxing at the Corvus Casa, where we enjoyed their gorgeous patio and farm-style table and sipped on some of our upcoming releases, which had come to us straight off of the bottling line! We also ventured out of our Fidelitas taste buds and sampled a few bottles of Bordeaux white and red blends; while playing a very competitive game of Fidelitas trivia. 

Corvus Casa

Nothing says, ‘I’m a wine professional’ like tasting barrel samples bright and early in the morning with breakfast, which is exactly what we did on our second day of the retreat.  Inland Desert Nursery visited us to share a bit of their extensive knowledge on various cabernet sauvignon clones. Then, we sipped from a few of our 2013 cabernet barrel samples that displayed the intricacies of the Red Mountain Vineyards.

Clonal Cabernet Tasting

Afterwards, we made a visit to Anelare’s gorgeous new tasting room on McBee Road, in Benton City. We then took our retreat on the road to the newly finished, Walter Clore Center, in Prosser. However, all good things must come to an end, so we sadly parted ways with the Woodinville staff so they could begin their journey home.  I feel so incredibly lucky to work with such a generous group of people who share such a passion for Red Mountain. 

Thank you so much Charlie, Jim, Inland Nursery, Hillary, Mitch, and Jess for making our 2014 Staff Retreat so special!

Time Posted: Aug 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Michelle Marsh
 
July 23, 2014 | Michelle Marsh

Table to Farm

This past weekend we got together with Chef Matt Dillon (of the Capital Hill favorite, Sitka & Spruce) and Sno-Valley Tilth to create the ultimate Table to Farm dinner at the beautiful Oxbow Farm in Carnation, WA.

The wonderful folks at Oxbow adorned the long family style tables in the middle of rhubarb rows and sunflowers, with vintage linens and fresh farm flowers. My inner-hippie was in a dreamy farm heaven!

{THE FOOD/THE WINE}

charred new season's peppers with sea salt and green perilla;

smoked trout on rye cracker with raw rhubarb

- paired with 2013 Klipsun Vineyard Semillon

tart of salted summer squash, toro blueberries, flowering coriander & boiled cider

- paired with 2013 Klipsun Vineyard Optu White (pre-release sneak peak!)

 

braised beans with smoked beets, creme fraiche & walnut oil

- paired with 2011 Columbia Valley Malbec 

 

grilled Albacore with garlic scapes and blistered fava beans

- paired with 2011 Optu Red Mountain

 

desert: cherries and apricots with rose meringue & honey

- paired with 2013 Late Harvest Semillon 

 

All of the fresh organic produce on the menu was provided by Oxbow Farms. It was amazing to drink Red Mountain wines along side the vibrant flavors from local fair. Washington really does have it all! I must say, I am still dreaming about those smoked beets and a glass of Malbec. Luckily I was able to capture a few photos in between bites!

If you missed out on this dinner, Sno-Valley Farms will be hosting another Table to Farm dinner in August with our friends over at Desert Wind Winery. Check out their website for tickets!

Time Posted: Jul 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM
Jess Zander
 
July 11, 2014 | Jess Zander

Heading to a Wedding? Think FAITHFUL, LOYAL, AND TRUE!

It’s wedding season!  Ben and I are preparing to attend our first (but not last!) wedding of the season this evening.  As many of you know, we got married four years ago now at the tasting room on Red Mountain (no…sadly we do not host weddings there. Charlie made an extra special exception for me!).  As my uncle pointed out in a speech, it was so fitting to have the tables filled with Fidelitas wine because the name translates to faithful, loyal, and true.  Something we definitely focus on in a marriage.

So, this evening, we’ll be bringing a set of Fidelitas wines as a gift for the bride and groom.  One of my favorite gifts is to share a bottle that will be excellent on their one year anniversary, and another for their five (or 10!) year anniversary.  Another great gift is a membership to the Wine Club.  This is especially awesome for couples who may want to take advantage of tastings and events as newlyweds.  It’s a good introduction to the wines, along with quarterly reminders of their wedding day and gifts received.

Congratulations to all who are getting married this year or celebrating any momentous occasion with loved ones!

Time Posted: Jul 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Jess Zander
 
June 30, 2014 | Jess Zander

Wine Picks for Food on the Grill

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.  It involves friends, food, and in Seattle, the start of summer weather…usually.  We are fortunate enough to live near one of the many vistas around the city where you can catch a glimpse of the fireworks.  It’s become a tradition to invite friends to join us in the afternoon for a backyard barbeque (although many years that means dodging raindrops while huddling around the Weber) and then trot over to the park with sparklers for the show.

As I prepare my menu for this Friday, I am reminded that grilling and backyard picnics are so often associated with beer or funny cocktails.  But I’m a wine lover, and believe that it is an awesome pairing as well.  My top picks for barbeque festivities?

Semillon.  Especially this current vintage of 2013 Klipsun Vineyard Semillon.  For those of you who may be in warmer areas than Seattle, this is a great warm weather cooler with bright fruit and lively acids.  However, there is also a subtle fattiness to it that rounds out the wine.   The Semillon is perfect with your potato salad and grilled chicken dishes.  It’s also a pretty perfect pairing with corn on the cob.

Malbec.  Malbec is a great barbeque wine, and I might be biased, but I swear that the Fidelitas Malbec is the BEST barbeque wine.  The tannins are in check and the plummy, spicy notes just mimic anything you pull off the grill.  I know that a few of our staff members think that the Malbec is awesome with ribs.  I personally vote for grilled sausage.  This wine is also going to be great with anything that involves grilled veggies, especially peppers and onions…maybe even an earthy quinoa black bean salad?

Cabernet Franc.  Looking for something a little bit special to share with friends this week?  Been wanting an excuse to open that sold out bottle of Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Franc?  Here you go.  Cab Franc is another great cookout wine because of those subtle tannins, peppery tones, and slightly smoky note.  This is the wine that is going to be awesome with your burgers, or honestly, just with really good potato chips.

I’ll definitely have a few bottles on the table later this week and hope you might sneak one in to the world of beer as well.  Have a fun and safe Fourth!

Time Posted: Jun 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Michelle Marsh
 
May 13, 2014 | Michelle Marsh

A few of my favorite things (about Red Mountain)

There is so much more to the 4,040 acres that make up Red Mountain than just dirt and vineyards. I am reminded of it every time I take that turn onto Sunset Road. A promise of sunshine and a persistent breeze when you are overlooking our estate vineyard. The quiet (seriously quiet!) evenings that host vibrant Eastern Washington sunsets over Rattlesnake Mountain, and the miles of hills that make up the Horse Heaven’s that seemingly surround you. It’s a sense of community seeing the small handful of wineries coming together to share their taste of the mountain and of course, the friendships made with those visiting, whether local Washingtonians bringing their friends and family out for a weekend picnic, or those who have traveled quite a distance to experience the uniqueness of all that we have to offer from our small, but highly acclaimed AVA.  As Red Mountain continues to grow, quite literally with the new plantings already taking place, the experience grows with it and gives us something to look forward to every time you take the Benton City exit.

I was lucky enough to spend most of last week on the mountain and it was hard to convince me to leave. In the busyness of our Feast of St Fidelis party on Friday night, I snuck this shot and to me it sums up so much about what I love about our home on Red Mountain.

Time Posted: May 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Jess Zander
 
May 4, 2014 | Jess Zander

All In on Red Mountain

Time Posted: May 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Erin Todak
 
April 21, 2014 | Erin Todak

Early Spring on Red Mountain...In Pictures

Spring is my favorite time of year!  I love the hope and early promise that the season’s first warm days and sunshine bring.  All winter long I’ve watched as our little estate vineyard has laid dormant, patiently waiting for the longer days, sunshine, and wind that spring brings to Red Mountain.

My excitement for bud break and the 2014 season grew as the trees around our Red Mountain tasting room started to produce their first buds and blossom into gorgeous pink and white flowers!  My anticipation for things to come was barely contained when on March 31st we pruned the three acres of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.   The blue sky peeked through the clouds as I wandered around taking photos of the action; it was almost as if I was receiving a (slightly late) birthday gift from Red Mountain!

These last few days as I have traveled down Sunset Road, exploring different portions of the AVA, I noticed other vineyards had started to magically sprout small, green leaves.  Each morning I would race to our vineyard to see the slightest hint of green on our beloved vines… not quite yet...

Until today!

Charlie stopped by earlier today to pick up some wine.  After a quick chat, we said our goodbye’s and I went back to my tasks.  As he was leaving, his well trained eyes picked up what I had previously missed!  The first buds of the season on our vines!!  Such a happy sight for me!

Here are a few more photos of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and early bud break for your viewing pleasure.  I hope all of our Faithful, Loyal, and True wine family is just as excited as I am for the upcoming season.

I wish everyone a happy and hopeful Spring Season and I cannot wait to share more wine, stories, and laughter with all of you in 2014.  Cheers to a fantastic Spring!

Time Posted: Apr 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM
Jess Zander
 
April 9, 2014 | Jess Zander

05 Party

It all started when Alissa found out that I had a bottle of 2005 Fidelitas Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon in my cellar.  Since that moment, months ago, I have received a text every couple of weeks to ‘schedule our 05 party!’

So, we rounded up a few friends (Marilyn and Nedra from Red Mountain, Alissa and Dara from Woodinville) this past weekend to sample some wines from the 2005 vintage.  From Fidelitas, we had 2005 Optu Red Wine, 2005 Boushey Red Wine, and 2005 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon.  There were a few other wines from other Washington wineries of note, but (and I’m only being slightly biased here) Fidelitas blew them out of the water so I won’t name names.

We tried to rank them, but each of us had a different order of favorites, which means that they were all fabulous.  The Walla Walla Cabernet (which we tried first: 100% Cab from LaTour, Windrow, and Dwelley), was deep, concentrated, and full.  The fruit had really softened to make something round and beautiful.  Boushey Red (53% Merlot, 40% Cabernet, 7% Cabernet Franc) truly just tasted like Boushey, which is such a great wine that I’m certainly not complaining!  Still earthy with red fruit and soft tannins, yet beautiful structure.  The Optu Red (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec) was AMAZING in that you would never guess that it was a nearly 9 year old wine.  Bright fruit, balanced acidity, present yet not overpowering tannins.  Truly, had I tasted it blind, I would have thought it were a much younger wine.

These wines were special for me to revisit.  The 2005s were the current releases back when I started in 2008.  The big, heavy bottles, vineyards, and stories brought back some great memories for me.  I guess that is probably the best part of pulling things from the cellar!

Time Posted: Apr 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM
Jess Zander
 
February 8, 2014 | Jess Zander

A Simple Menu for My Valentine

This weekend, we have opened the library doors (or rather, unearthed some library vintages from our secret hiding place) to share with visitors to our tasting rooms.  We are featuring wines from 2007, 2008, and 2009.  These special vintage wines have gotten me to thinking about which wine I’ll be sharing with my Valentine next Friday…

After rattling around in my own cellar, I came across a bottle of 2007 Red Mountain Red Wine, and determined it would be our wine for the evening.  Besides being a fabulous wine, its red label makes it an obvious choice for Valentine’s Day.  Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, my original tasting notes refer to black cherry, cranberry, and cedar.  I anticipate now that those bright red fruits have deepened in intensity and the oak tones have really settled in to creating a round, full palate.

I’ll be working that day, so my goal is to have a simple, yet elegant meal ready to go when I get home.  We’ll put the baby to bed and whip up dinner together.  Here’s the plan:

baked brie with honey and apples

served with a split of Agrapart e Fils Champagne

flank steak with herb butter, smashed potatoes (these have become a valentine’s tradition), and sautéed brussels sprouts

served with 2007 Fidelitas Red Mountain Red Wine

chocolate pudding and raspberries to finish (can be made the night before!)

I wish you all a wonderful and fuss free Valentine's Day, whether you are spending it with your sweetheart, a group of friends, or just a special bottle from your own cellar!

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM