Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spring Barrel Tasting at Hedges Family Estate


Hedges Family Estate Chateau.

A great way to enjoy the weekend in the Columbia Valley.

What did I do today? Besides edging and mowing the lawn with my family, I managed to zip over to Red Mountain to revel in the glorious spring sunshine. I also sampled some wonderful wines in one of the most beautiful of settings, Hedges Family Estate winery.

Hedges RMF - ABV 21.5% and delightful.

A  grand tradition this time of year in the Columbia Valley, is sampling new wines straight from the barrel, as well as drinking award winning wines in the tasting room. This weekend is referred to as "Spring Barrel Tasting" weekend.

Straight from the barrel, Kenan with wine thief.
After the morning chores were completed, I stopped by Hedges Family Estate to visit with my friend Kenan, Vineyard Apprentice at Hedges. I enjoyed visiting with him in the full of barrels, barrel room. The two barrel samples were enticing, a good vintage. The fortified wine I sipped after was like liquid raisin cake, delightful.

The kitchen is now open - the Uli's sausage perfect and the cucumber water refreshing.
The food and service a pleasure.
I'd love to have this kitchen at my home.
The fire subdued the morning chill.
It was a pleasure to see their new kitchen in action too - so many well thought out elements and architectural details - the photos speak for themselves.

Wine tasting by candlelight, the only way to barrel sample.
Quick, where are we? Red Mountain at Hedges Family Estate.
You could be anywhere, but this is the view from Red Mountain.
You still have time to be one of the first to sample a new vintage straight from the barrel at Hedges Family Estate on Red Mountain. Sunday is your last chance. And stop by the kitchen and enjoy some Uli's sausage with Halumi cheese. Thank me later. Open tomorrow 11am - 5pm.

An elegant tasting room awaits you.
Hedges Family Estate

Phone: (509) 588-3155
53511 N Sunset Road
Benton City, WA 99320

www.hedgesfamilyestate.com
twitter: @hedgeswine

More photos on my facebook page.

Cheers!