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Will Hoppes
 
August 8, 2018 | Will Hoppes

5 Takeaways from Staff Vineyard Tours

1) The uniquness of the Fidelitas Estate Vineyard: Charlie and Dick Boushey are bringing 60+ years of winemaking/vineyard experience to collaborate on one 12 acre, 5 varietal, 6 Cabernet clone vineyard, with one winemaker's vision in mind.  A little different than the standard Washington model where some of the top vineyard sites like Red Willow, Champoux, Quintessence, Ciel du Cheval, Boushey, etc... are selling to 30-40 different winemakers.

2) Don't sleep on the food in Tri-Cities: we had amazing sandwiches and salads from Graze and pizzas from Brickhouse for staff lunches, and (hot take alert) the best Barbeque in the state of Washington: Porter's in Richland, for our all staff dinner.

3) Ciel du Cheval is a jungle and Quintessence is groomed like a golf course - this is not meant as a slight, but as a compliment to both parties. These are some of my favorite vineyards in Washington and more than anything shows the beauty of different vineyard management practices.

CDC Cab Franc

Quintessence Cab

4) Our winemaking team is nerding out about fermentation vessels more than ever .  The team did a tasting in the production facility of one lot of Clone 169 Quintessence Cabernet, but fermented in 5 different oak containers: new roller fermenter, used roller fermenter, upright wood tank, etc...

5) Calling Red Mountain "one South-Western facing slope" is technically true, but is a bit of a disservice to the diversity of growing sites within the AVA

A block of Malbec from the Canyons vineyard, named after the extreme slopes and unplantable canyon that runs through the planting:

Shaw Vineyards tucked in the very northwest corner of the AVA boundaries - you'll have to take a few dirt roads to get a peek of this planting:

On the opposite corner of the AVA is Quintessence which has some plantings in rocky soils that are south-eastern facing:

None of these pictures come close to doing it justice - go out and explore Red Mountain for yourself!  (just watch out for snakes and badgers)

Time Posted: Aug 8, 2018 at 9:00 PM
Michelle Marsh
 
July 27, 2018 | Michelle Marsh

Team Fidelitas Annual Retreat

As our favorite tradition, Team Fidelitas enjoyed two days of education on Red Mountain this week for our annual staff retreat. We trekked the vineyards in 100 degree weather, took an in depth look at the impact of small lot fermintation, toured Inland Desert Nursery...and of course, had lots of fun times and great food and wine in between. 

Stay tuned for some of our favorite take-aways!

Time Posted: Jul 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Chelsea Brophy
 
July 11, 2018 | Chelsea Brophy

Team Fidelitas Month: Preview Tastings

Every July we celebrate Team Fidelitas Month to say, Thank you to our Wine Club Members. We always brainstorm new ways to add value to the benefits we offer our members.  Fidelitas Optu and Magna Wine Clubs are invited to join us for a preview of wines slated for release in the second half of 2018.

It’s one of the many benefits we offer our Wine Club Members. Charlie creates each wine with our wine club in mind and this is the perfect event for our Optu and Magna members to taste the wines before they are even released, so they can make an educated decision for their fall allocations. Below is a list of which wines will be available for tasting.


2015 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Fidelitas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Red Mountain Optu White Wine

2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Merlot

2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Franc

2015 Old Vines Merlot

limited case production, won't be available for tasting

2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine 

limited case production, won’t be available for tasting

The Preview Tasting event is an invitation only event for our Optu and Magna members who will have the first opportunity to select their club allocation. If you are a current Faithful, Loyal True member and want to upgrade your membership, our Wine Club Team is happy to help with that. Or, if you are a current club member and unable to attend our preview event, not to worry as a member you can pre-order any of the wines above at any point during the year. Contact our Wine Club Team if you have questions, they’d love to hear from you!

Time Posted: Jul 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM
Michelle Marsh
 
July 2, 2018 | Michelle Marsh

Team Fidelitas Month

 

Fidelitas is faithful, loyal, and true to our members.

This July, during Team Fidelitas month, we'd like to say THANK YOU for being true to us.

Give us your feedback!

Current members let us know about your experiences as a Fidelitas Club member. TAKE THE SURVEY.

Are you a Fidelitas fan but not a member yet? TAKE THIS SURVEY to let us know how we're doing and what you'd like to see from us.

All survey respondents will receive a code for special pricing on their next order, and be entered into a drawing for a Team Fidelitas swag bag, including a t-shirt, wine opener, and water bottle. 

Share the love.

Members invite your friends to join the Fidelitas Wine Club to receive a $25 referral credit and have the added bonus of hanging out with your friends at upcoming summer tastings and events.

Get the look.

We have a limited number of 2018 Team Fidelitas t-shirts and water bottles available!

shop swag  |  shop wine


Not a member yet? 

This July, during Team Fidelitas month, we'd like to extend a special invitation to Join the Club. This month, new members will receive:

extra 5% off day of joining purchase | immediate member benefits | club concierge experience | access to Red Mountain’s top wines | Summer in the City party invite + Preview Tasting invite | complimentary tastings

JOIN NOW or learn more by connecting with our Club Concierge Team:

509.554.9191 | club@fidelitaswines.com

 

Time Posted: Jul 2, 2018 at 1:15 PM
Jess Zander
 
June 25, 2018 | Jess Zander

Auction of Washington Wines: Win a Full Barrel Winemaking Experience

We are unbelievably proud to recognize Charlie as the 2018 Honorary Vintner for the Auction of Washington Wines. As a part of the celebration at the Gala, we have partnered with Honorary Grower, Marshall Edwards, to create a one of a kind experience where the winning bidder will be able to create a custom barrel of wine. Contact me for more information on how this could become yours!

Own a Piece of Red Mountain: A Vintner’s Experience

Full Barrel Winemaking Experience with Fidelitas and Quintessence Vineyard

This year’s Auction of Washington Wines’ Industry Honorees, Charlie Hoppes and Marshall Edwards have generously donated a full barrel of red wine from the acclaimed Quintessence Vineyard, but that is only a part of this amazing auction lot!

The winning bidder will become an honorary Vintner at Fidelitas. This unique experience will make their winery, your winery, not just for one year, but for years to come, as you harvest, blend, and bottle your own Red Mountain wine.

You will be invited to begin your journey during Harvest 2018. You and your guests will be involved in selecting grapes from Quintessence and Shaw Vineyards on Red Mountain, seeing them through the sorting process, and starting fermentation in the tanks. As the wines age in barrel, join us for your second trip to experience a hands-on blending trial with Fidelitas Winemaker, Charlie Hoppes. You will be able to taste barrel samples and blend with other varietals from the vineyards as the team comes up with their 2018 vintage wines.

The third and final trip will include bottling of your exclusive wines from your personal barrel. After your day on the bottling line, you will have ownership of 25 cases of wines that you can distribute as you see fit. Enjoy with friends, give to employees as gifts, or cellar to enjoy for years to come.

With each visit, two couples will enjoy hotel accommodations, meals, vineyard tours and library tastings to immerse yourself in the history of the winery and vineyard.

This lot includes:

  • One barrel of your own custom created and blended wine (25 cases total!)
  • Label design by an award-winning creative agency
  • Three separate trips to Red Mountain; for harvest, blending, and bottling of your wine. Each trip will be for two couples and includes accommodations and special Red Mountain experiences.

One barrel contains approximately 300 bottles (25 cases) of wine. All Red Mountain experiences are based on a mutually agreed upon date. Transportation to Red Mountain not included.

Time Posted: Jun 25, 2018 at 10:48 AM
Skye Dissette
 
June 20, 2018 | Skye Dissette

Magna Membership Appreciation

Magna, Latin for great, noble, and significant, is the most exclusive level of the Fidelitas Wine Club. One of the biggest perks of this membership is a fun filled weekend including an early morning event followed by a complimentary dinner hosted on Red Mountain overlooking our estate vineyard. It may be hot (around 90 degrees) but that doesn’t keep our members from having fun.

Saturday morning our Magna members will be joining 2018 Honorary Vintner, Charlie Hoppes, and Honory Grower, Marshall Edwards while they discuss Red Mountain vineyards and winemaking. It wouldn't be a fun activity without wine involved! Barrel samples will of course, be provided.

Later on in the evening comes the best part! A family style dinner filled with wine, great company, a ton of laughs. Below is the menu for Saturday evening and we are already dreaming about those fritters.


Passed Appetizers

Truffle Roaster Morel Mushrooms

fried garlic scapes

Merlot Braised Pork Belly

thyme, savory blueberry compote

2017 Red Mountain Semillon

2015 The Canyons Vineyard Red Wine

Dinner

Beet Salad

candied walnuts, arugula, gorgonzola dolce

2016 Optu White

Cast Iron Cap of Ribeye

sauce chasseurs rouges

White Bean "Risotto"

thyme roasted radishses

Roasted Spring Vegetables

2015 Red Mountain Merlot

2015 Optu Red Mountain

2015 Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert

Sweet Risotto Fritters

strawberry-rhubarb compote

2013 Klipsun Vineyard Late Harvest Semillon


But wait, there's more. We've decied to up the ante this year and include some secret wines for our guests to try. Once the wine is gone (will probably take no time!) we will reveal what they were drinking. We can't wait to host our Magna members and are looking forward onother weekend full of memories! Below are some pictures from years past.

 

Time Posted: Jun 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Will Hoppes
 
June 15, 2018 | Will Hoppes

Happy Father's Day

Looking for some inspiration I decided to scroll through my camera roll to see what I was up to Father’s Day of 2017.  I came across a “photo shoot” I had done for a profile picture on the website and Jess happily pointed out that I was doing the “Wine Boss” pose:

Mine's not nearly as epic, but I'll chalk it up to the black and white filter.

We also recently struck a very similar pose in my "Microfermentations" blog post and the Seattle Times' "Cab King of Red Mountain" writeup:

(our contact info is on the website if you work with a winemaker modeling agency)

These pictures are a reminder of how lucky I am to have a dad and mentor who's laid out the blueprint for me to follow, but at the same time is encouraging me to do it in my own style.  He's an incredible winemaker but has always been a father first to me and my sisters.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day!

Time Posted: Jun 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Chelsea Brophy
 
June 6, 2018 | Chelsea Brophy

Summer Shipping + 2017 Red Mountain Semillon

During the warm summer months, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we're taking extra care in protecting the integrity of your wine shipments by sending all orders outside of the Pacific Northwest via UPS 2-Day Air. We have created reduced, flat rate pricing for the safe arrival of of your wine shipments during the summer months. Click here to see shipping costs for your area. 

Shipping is on us! Fidelitas offers complimentary ground shipping for orders being shipped withing the PNW (Washington, Oregon, Idaho) and $50 flat rate 2-day air for order shipped across the U.S. In order for you to receive your wines in a timely manner, Fidelitas ships all orders on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to ensure you are sipping your favorite Fidelitas wines all week long or just in time for the weekend. 

If you are still concerned about shipping your wines to some of our warmer states, not to worry! Fidelitas' Shipping Manager monitors the weather across the country and will reach out to you if we need to hold your order for any reason due to weather. 

This is the perfect time to take advantage of our summer shipping and stock up on our newley released, favorite Summer Sipper, the 2017 Red Mountain Semillon. "Semillon is still a really unique grape that shows particularly well in Washington. The style is a lot like the Semillons we see from Bordeaux, with citrus and floral tones, and great minerality. This white wine might be one of our best for pairing with Northwest cuisine.” – Charlie Hoppes, Fidelitas Owner + Winemaker

Semillon, a prominent white grape in Bordeaux, is harder to find outside of France, and quite unique in Washington state. Sourced from the cooler Klipsun Vineyard, and aged in neutral French oak, the Semillon lends itself nicely to northwest seafood dishes. The nose gives us aromas of honeysuckle, pear, and subtle baking spice, while the palate is bright and refreshing, showcasing lemon zest, pink grapefruit, and papaya.

Contact us with questions or for ordering assistance: wine@fidelitaswines.com 509.544.9191

Time Posted: Jun 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Jess Zander
 
May 30, 2018 | Jess Zander

Celebrating with Faithful, Loyal, and True

“We are gathered here today, celebrating Jess and Ben, at a winery who’s name not only translates to ‘faithful, loyal, true’, but at a winery who’s owner, and our host tonight, embodies these words.  And I cannot think of a better way to start a marriage.”  Those are words that my uncle spoke during a toast at my wedding.  And while I’ve pondered the meaning of the name ‘Fidelitas’ many, many times, the weight of it really struck me as I was sitting there, surrounded by the most special and important people in my life, marrying my husband.

That was 8 years ago this month, and while I seem to be attending more baby showers than weddings these days, wine is still my favorite gift for newlyweds.  Here are my favorite three ways to share Fidelitas:

A bottle for now and a bottle for later.

This one is super easy.  Grab a cute, reusable tote (I love my BUILT bag) and add a bottle of Red Mountain Malbec, which can be enjoyed this summer with BBQ, and a bottle of Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which could be opened on the lucky couple’s 5 or 10-year anniversary.

Large formats.

This is kind of similar, in that you’re encouraging people to hang on to the wine to open for a special anniversary down the road.  Even better, grab a couple big bottles and have friends and family sign well wishes right on the bottle with a metallic sharpie.  My brother and sister-in-law did a 750ml, 1.5L, and 3L, (for one year, five years, and ten years) used this as their guest book, and then have opened the bottles with friends in the years since. (pro note: contact us for current availability on large formats. we may be able to find something amazing!)

Club memberships.

A Wine Club Gift Membership is a great way to give a gift that will last a while.  We can give you a gift certificate to include with your card now, and then will send bottles to the couple throughout their first year of marriage.  If they live locally, they can come out to the winery to pick up or join us at our upcoming events!

 

Let our Club Concierge team help you put together a wedding gift that celebrates faithful, loyal, and true, and a happy wedding season to you all!

Time Posted: May 30, 2018 at 11:09 AM
Will Hoppes
 
May 24, 2018 | Will Hoppes

Micro-Fermentations: a Labor of Love

With the release of the single vineyard Quintessence Cabernet early last month (the first single vineyard Cab of the year to make it to the tasting bar), a common discussion in the tasting room has been how many different "micro-fermentations" we do here at Fidelitas.

By this I mean both:

a) the methods: different oak vessels, metal vessels, different types of yeast, etc... and 

and

b) the numbers:  we have lots of unique tiny lots of different varietals and vineyard sites from all over Red Mountain which we crush, ferment, age separately + even within some lots of the same fruit, "Estate Cabernet" for example, we'll separate the same fruit into what I like to call micro-fermentations which only result in about a single barrel of finished juice (1 barrel = approximately 25 cases).

I specifically remember tasting the 2016 Estate Cab during last Christmas break, of which we have about 14 barrels - those 14 barrels are first broken down by the 2 different clones we use for our Estate Cab: 7 barrels of Clone 6, and 7 barrels of Clone 2.  Within the 2 groups of clones, each barrel was fermented on its own in a different vessel, meaning we'll have 14 different "wines" which will need to be taken care of separately for the entirety of its 2 years of aging until it's finally blended together at the end with the other Estate Cabs!!  Wouldn't it be so much easier to just throw all of the Estate Cab in one big stainless steel tank and call it good?  It would certainly make for shorter days during harvest.

However, our winemaking team has found that the micro-fermentation method is well worth the effort: it adds a great deal more complexity of flavors and texture and gives us a more intimate hands-on approach with our fermentations.  I liken it to a craftsmen spending time meticulously working on the individual pieces before putting the masterpiece together.

Another thing I'm reminded of when having discussions like this is how easy us second generations winemakers have it.  Winemaking is all about experimenting and learning from your results - trial-and-error.  However, unlike a chef who can make a new dish, try it, throw it out and immediately start over; winemakers only get to make wine once a year.  The learning window is around 2-3 years until you have finished wine or even 5+ years depending on how much bottle time.  Or even a decade if you're experimenting with planting differnet clones of Cabernet and how those result in a finished wine!!  Lucky for guys like me, I have winemakers like my dad who have been doing this trial-and-error, and continuous gathering of data and experiences for multiple harvests who can pass their knowledge along.  And for this I am truly grateful.

- Will Hoppes

 

Time Posted: May 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM