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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
Chelsea Brophy
 
May 9, 2018 | Chelsea Brophy

Fidelitas Estate Experiences on Red Mountain

Many of our visitors to Red Mountain are looking for a more unique experience, more information and more history on the region we call home. We have created our Fidelitas Estate Experiences to offer our guests further insight into this beautiful region. The spring is one of the best times to visit Red Mountain, we have experience bud break, the weather is great, and the patio is open.

On Select Saturday mornings, we explore the Fidelitas Estate Vineyard that sits outside our Red Mountain Tasting room. The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. Our small group of 10 joins us at our tasting room and we venture through the vines and make our way to the heart of our vineyard. We then return to the tasting room to enjoy a seated tasting of wines sourced from the Red Mountain AVA with light bites.

Estate Experience tours are $20 for members and $30 for non-members, which can be waived with wine purchase.

Spring 2018 tours are scheduled at 10AM on: May 12, May 26, June 2, and June 16.

To reserve your space, or for more information, contact Chelsea Larson: chelsea@fidelitaswines.com or 509.588.3469
Please book at least 48 hours in advance.

Time Posted: May 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Chelsea Brophy
 
March 30, 2018 | Chelsea Brophy

2015 Red Heaven Cabernet Sauvignon - Limited Release Wines

On one of the most classic spring mornings I ventured up the Red Heaven Vineyard and strolled through the vines enjoying the morning light and dreaming of sipping this amazing Cabernet in a few short weeks. Charlie continues to hand craft each wine from the vineyard to the bottle and one of his favorite most diverse sites to work with is the Red Heaven Vineyard. Perched on the slope of Red Mountain, provides us with Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon for this limited-edition wine. This is one special Cabernet, Charlie only chooses to source from this vineyard when the fruit is the most exceptional.

 

This beauty is a full varietal Cabernet Sauvignon and sees about 83% New French Oak, he’s also fermenting this wine in 100% Wood using 66% 500L Roller Barrel, 34% Oak Upright Barrel. We’ve only produced 144 cases and expect this wine to be gone in the blink of an eye. To get on the wait-list or to pre-order please contact our Club Team!

Time Posted: Mar 30, 2018 at 1:05 PM
Chelsea Brophy
 
February 21, 2018 | Chelsea Brophy

The six points of Red Mountain

On a regular basis, I am asked by guests, “what makes Red Mountain so special.” It’s one of my favorite questions and topics to share with visitors! Red Mountain is woven into our story from start to finish. From our first vintage of Red Mountain Merlot that dates to 2005, to our tasting room that opened in 2007, and our Estate Vineyard that was first planted in 2008, we are all in on Red Mountain. As an AVA, we’ve established six points that make the region we call home unique and specific to Red Mountain.  

Southwestern Facing Slope

The southwest slope provides the vineyards in the region with a direction aspect to the sun that is ideal for prolonged sunlight and exposure. These conditions allow for prolonged sun exposure and warmth provide for ripe tannins, a primary characteristic of Red Mountain.

Warm Summers

More growing degree days create ripeness and concentration, while cool nights help retain acidity for balance and structure.

Low Rainfall

Red Mountain gathers less than 8 inches of rain per year. Drip irrigation and canopy management create ideal grape growing conditions. In addition, Red Mountain experience lower mold and mildew pressure compared to most other vineyard regions.

Smallest AVA in Washington

Defined by natural borders, the AVA is reminiscent of Old World, where every block is seen by a single vantage point. The Red Mountain AVA which was established in 2001, is comprised of 4,040 acres, 2,338 of which are planted with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon.

AVA Specific Soils

Wind-blown Loess (Warden, Hezel, and Scooteney) were brought in by pre-historic floods. The high alkalinity and calcium carbonate content of the soil, along with the granular consistency, allow vines to form well-established root systems that reach deep nutrients and moisture.

Consistent Winds

Regular gusts of warm air keep grape clusters small and concentrate for flavors of the fruit for richness and intensity. 

Time Posted: Feb 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Chelsea Brophy
 
January 24, 2018 | Chelsea Brophy

Red Wine can be Healthy + The Articles to Prove it

As usual, resolutions are an ongoing thing this time of year. If you’re anything like me, you are still trying to hold yourself accountable (at least for another month) and make this year…the best one yet! I think I speak for most of us when I say, “being healthier” is always at the top of the resolution list. And being as I’m an avid lover of wine it always makes it difficult to find the balance between being healthy and still enjoying a glass of wine (or two) during the evening.

Fear not, our Faithful, loyal and true readers! I’ve put together a list of articles that supports the theory of the health benefits that wine has to offer us. I do encourage you all to keep up with those resolutions, since we are still in January, despite the unusually warmer weather we’ve been having. Take a look  at these great links, if for nothing more than reassurance that it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy wine while living and creating a healthier lifestyle this time of year. 

Is Wine Good For You? - Wine Folly 

8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine - Food & Wine 

Benefits of Red Wine for the Heart, Body and Mind - Dr. Axe

8 Reasons to Love Red Wine - Prevention 

And if you're still skeptical, we have some great receipe links for heatlhy meals that pair well with wine. My personal favorite is to eat a nice portion of protien and lots of roasted veggies. I generally pair this with our 2016 Red Mountain Optu White Wine or a lighter bodied red. The next great option is a turkey chili with a glass of our 2015 Red Mountain Malbec. It's protien, veggies, and did I mention super comforting this time of year, given as we're all trapped inside.  

Healthy Pairings - Food & Wine 

The Food & Wine Diet - Food & Wine 

9 Healthier Wine and Food Pairings - Active Beat

Wine Friendly Dishes for Entertaining - Food Network

 

 

Time Posted: Jan 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Chelsea Brophy
 
December 20, 2017 | Chelsea Brophy

Taking a Look Back on 2017

This year was one of the best we've ever had in my opinion! From a crazy winter on Red Mountain, to releasing our first vintage of a Sauvignon Blanc. We celebrated 10 Years of calling Red Mountain our home in May. We made some minor upgrades to our Red Mountain Tasting room, we added a library room complete with all of our favorite vintages dating back to 2000. 

During the warmer months we celebrated the year by taking a minute to enjoy the stunning views that over look our Fidelitas Estate Vineyard. It's crazy to think how smoky it was this year and how fortunate we are to work in such a supportive industry within Washington and the country. Summer wouldn't be complete without our Feast of St. Fidelis and Summer in the City events that feature our favorite Fidelitas wines and the perfect pairing of, That Guy Catering Tacos. 

We've ended the year with stunning sunsets, no snow and enjoying the last of the 2014 vintage. This September marked our 3rd Annual Estate Dinner and one of the best ones yet, the sunset was unbelievable. All of our 2017 wines are tucked away for the winter and we are patiently waiting for next years release, that includes some soon to be new favorites like, the 2015 Old Vine Merlot and the 2015 Quintessence Malbec. 

Cheers to 2017! 

Time Posted: Dec 20, 2017 at 12:32 PM
Chelsea Brophy
 
November 15, 2017 | Chelsea Brophy

Thanksgiving Trio: The Perfect Pairing for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays and my big task is always bringing the wine to share with my friends and family. Whether it’s’ serving a wine with each course or giving a bottle to a dinner host, these wines are the perfect accompaniment for the holiday season.

2015 Optu White Wine

In my opinion should be taken everywhere this year. It’s the perfect “red wine drinkers white,” a bright and crisp wine to share while putting the final touches on the meal and lastly it pairs beautifully with turkey. The Optu White Wine is balanced and has a great viscosity and mouthfeel. The long finish and balanced acidity are what give the wine is signature characteristics allowing it to be a staple for festive holiday dinners.

2014 Ciel du Cheval Merlot

I wait all year for this wine and every year I make sure to share it during Thanksgiving, my family has begun to ask for it by name. If you’re making the dinner rounds this year, this wine is a great to share with a crowd. If you finished the Optu White before dinner not to worry, the Ciel du Cheval Merlot is a dense and herbaceous wine that grabs all those spices and herbs from the turkey and stuffing. This wine showcases aromas of brown sugar and baking spice with a smooth intake, polished tannins and a lengthy finish. The Ciel du Cheval Merlot is a seamless wine for dinner or even after as you avoid doing those dishes.

2014 Quintessence Cabernet Sauvignon

Dinner wouldn’t be complete at Fidelitas without our favorite varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon. As herbal notes of dried sage lift from the glass we can’t help but make the Quintessence Cabernet a signature wine this time of year. To be honest, I am usually hoarding this wine all to myself, but if you going to a wine lover’s home this wine is sure to be a showstopper. As it aged in French oak, this old-world style Cabernet uses clones 169 and 191. This wine is a gem that shines through the glass and it’s best enjoyed with the main course. 

Click here to purchase the Thanksgiving Trio! 

Time Posted: Nov 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Chelsea Brophy
 
October 4, 2017 | Chelsea Brophy

Helping our Neighbors

Each month, Fidelitas offers a Product Spotlight, where we feature a certain wine at a special price. Recent events, however, have impacted our friends and members near and far, and have us wanting to shine that Spotlight a little broader this month.

Now through October 15, 10% of all website and tasting room sales will be donated to GlobalGiving. Our donation is to be shared between multiple relief efforts at the time of giving.

GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. GlobalGiving connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. We help local nonprofits access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective. 

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2017 at 12:33 PM
Chelsea Brophy
 
August 30, 2017 | Chelsea Brophy

Fall Releases + Estate Cabernet

September is just around the corner and we have been waiting months for one of our favorite releases of the year which include not one, but 3 Cabernet Sauvignons.

The first is our 2014 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, designed to showcase the region we call home. Red Mountain Cabernet sources Clone 8 from our favorite vineyard sites on Red Mountain.  This go-to Cabernet is a classic with hints of black cherry, blackberries and an expressive finish. It’s the perfect accompaniment for parties, dinners, and taking in the end of summer. 

The second wine to be released this September is the 2014 Quintessence Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s been months since we had our last taste of Quintessence Cabernet, so we are greatly looking forward to the release of this gem. Sourced from our favorite vineyard on the Northeastern edge of Red Mountain, clones 191 and 169 add an old-world style to this wine. We find earthy tones and dark berries on the palate, along with brown sugar and toasted almonds. 

Last, but not least, our 3rd vintage of the 2014 Fidelitas Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from the 3 acre, 2009 planting just outside our tasting room we use clones 2 and 6 of Cabernet Sauvignon to create an intense and expressive Estate wine. The palate is bold and round, offering dark fruit tones of ripe raspberries, dark chocolate, and cedar. This beauty won’t be in a club shipment so don’t forget to snag a few bottles to add to the vertical you’ve been collecting. 

You can reserve these wines now through our website OR conctact your Club Concierge Team for assistance! 

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Chelsea Brophy
 
August 2, 2017 | Chelsea Brophy

2017 Veraison in the Vineyard

As I pulled into the parking lot the other day, the vineyard rows were catching my eye a little more than usual. Every day I am fortunate enough to work directly from our Red Mountain tasting room, with that I get the joy of watching the vineyard change and grow with each day.

On this day, I noticed Veraison was taking place in the vineyard. Veraison is the change in color of the grape berries or the ripening of grapes. It’s the turning point in the grapes lifecycle, meaning it’s the moment the grapes begin to form sweetness. Up until this point the grapes are highly acidic. As Veraison is taking place sugar levels rise and the grapes begin to grow and turning them into juicy fruit clusters that make our favorite wines. After this point, we have anywhere from 30-70 for the grapes to become fully ripened, giving us a small countdown as to when harvest might begin. Then, it’s all about balance!  

on the varietal, Veraison takes place at different rates. We also keep a close eye on the temperature as it could result in sunburnt grapes. Trimming the canopy and ensuring the vines are properly shaded, all while being exposed to the sun helps this process. As we see warmer temperatures on Red Mountain we need to ensure the acidity and sugar levels are in balance and the fruit is ripening at the desired rate. During Veraison white wine grapes are a yellow hue and red wine grapes are shades of red and purple. On your next visit to Red Mountain take a step out in the vineyard and look at the vines and watch the change! 

Time Posted: Aug 2, 2017 at 10:48 AM