BENTON CITY,WA — Red Mountain AVA Alliance and Trysk Print Solutions present the second annual Red Mountain AVA Block Party on Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In a vineyard, a “block” is term for a grouping of vines. In a community, a block is your neighborhood. The RMAVAA Block Party aims to create a neighborhood of wine lovers and winemakers, grape growers and friends during this day-long, AVA-wide event held during harvest according to Red Mountain AVA Executive Director Heather Unwin.
Last year’s inaugural event brought 475 wine explorers who learned about everything from the vineyard life cycle to different vintages on Red Mountain to grape-stomping. Attendees traveled from New York, New Jersey, Chicago, LA, San Francisco and all over the Pacific Northwest.
This year will see the addition of a central check-in tent on N. Sunset Rd. with a cold-storage truck for guests to store wine bought during the day, protecting purchases from heat. Special bus services will ferry guests from winery to vineyard for activities ranging from exclusive vineyard tours, rare library wine tastings, grape stomping, music and even a little golf.
Guests will also find new winery, Frichette Winery and learn from renowned vineyard manager Dick Boushey about creating the newest vineyard, Hamilton Cellars Vineyard.
“Many families, my own included, have spent the last 30 years turning Red Mountain into a globally recognized area for growing premium wine grapes. Because the AVA is small, we have a pretty tight-knit community of vineyard managers, winemakers, owners, and friends. The Block Party gives us a chance to share Red Mountain's story with our biggest fans,” said RMAVAA Board member and Kiona Vineyards Sales Manager JJ Williams.
Trysk Print Solutions agreed to return as the Block Party’s Title Sponsor. “We are continuing our sponsorship of the Red Mountain Block Party as part of our commitment to both Washington and the national wine industry. In Red Mountain we see the passion, quality and drive that are critical to success – we wish to stay a part of that and support individuals who make that a reality”, said Stephan Martinez, owner of Trysk Print Solutions.
Tickets will permit guests to: Speak directly to winemakers, vineyard owners and growers; Sample special wines at a dozen participating wineries; Take part in winemaker talks, vineyard walks and hikes at multiple vineyards; Gain an intimate education into the unique terroir of Red Mountain AVA; Enjoy the vistas of Red Mountain through a trolley and shuttle bus trips from winery to vineyard; Receive a logoed event glass; Use the cold-storage truck from Vintners Logistics to store purchased wine throughout the
Tickets are $40.00 each and available at http://redmountainblockparty.eventbrite.com
Participating Wineries & Vineyards
· Alexander the Grape
· Col Solare (112 places only requiring pre-registration, not open for tasting)
· Corvus Cellars
· Cooper: A Red Mountain Winery
· DeLille Cellars Doyenne/Upchurch Vineyard
· Fidelitas Wines
· Frichette Winery
· Hamilton Cellars Vineyard
· Hedges Family Estate
· Hightower Cellars
· Kiona Vineyard & Winery
· Montes Scarlatto Vineyard
· Native Sun
· Obelisco Estate
· Tapteil Vineyard Winery
· Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
Selected Events by Venue:
Col Solare — Preregistered Red Mountain Block party guests (112 spots only for the day) will be entertained in the Barricaia cellar, where a 45 minute AVA/Vineyard presentation and food pairing will be offered to sixteen guests per presentation. Food only for participants at the pairing appointment. Not open for tasting.
Cooper: A Red Mountain Winery — With tables set up in the vineyard, guests will taste grape varietals in the vineyard it is grown in.
Corvus Cellars — Owners Randall and Jennifer Hopkins return to open their Red Mountain Tasting Room for the ONLY time this season.
DeLille Cellars Doyenne — At the Winemaker’s Tent (in the Williams family’s backyard) Chris Upchurch will talk about clones at 11, 2 and 4.
Fidelitas — Learn about Red Mountain by comparing six different vineyard wines made by one winemaker. Owner and winemaker Charlie Hoppes will be mingling with guests and explaining the differences that come from different vineyards out on the patio!
Frichette Winery — NEW TO RED MOUNTAIN! Offering Food Pairing 101 classes on their tasting room lawn.
Hamilton Cellars Vineyard — NEW TO RED MOUTAIN! Nationally known vineyard guru Dick Boushey will be on hand at various points in the day to explain the process of starting a vineyard from scratch. All guests that stop by will receive a 20% discount coupon and free tasting certificate good for the Richland tasting room.
The Hedges Family Estate — Pouring their Single Vintage Limited Club wines in the French Country Kitchen with cheese, the winemakers discuss winemaking techniques. The tasting will be in the French Country Kitchen, and will be limited to 20 people at a time, every 30 minutes.
Hightower Cellars — A rare opportunity to learn about wine at different stages of fermentation. Tim and Kelly will also have The Butcher’s Grill BBQ on hand for food to purchase for lunch. NOTE: If Block Party guests wish to enjoy a regular wine tasting there will be an additional $5 fee.
Kiona Vineyard & Winery — Guests will sample Bordeaux blending varietals in a tasting to learn aboutwhat goes into creating/blending a Red Mountain red.
MonteScarlatto Vineyards — Golf and wine is the theme at MonteScarlatto, where owner Joel McKay will host a day-long “Closest to the Pin” golf contest ($5 for two swings) with a cash prize offered. A daylong 30% off case discount will be offered. If Block Party guests wish enter the gold tournament there will be an additional $5 fee for two swings.
Tapteil Cellars — Sample wines with Larry Pearson, winemaker and Jane Pearson, owner and artist, and afterwards enjoy an old-fashioned grape stomp.
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard — Owner and winemaker Keith Pilgrim will taste through a vertical of Cabernet Sauvignon with guests. Their onsite Café Orsa will offer lunch for purchase.
On Red Mountain: Corvus Casa, VRBO #400323, Klipsun Cottage, VRBO #470652; Serenity from Thurtle Vineyard, VRBO #455856; Wine Country Cottages, VRBO #363702, Tapteil (two cottages, tapteil.com).
In Tri-Cities special rates available at TownPlace Suites Richland, WA by calling 509.943.9800 and asking for the “Red Mountain AVA Alliance rate.” Also see http://www.visittri-cities.com/visitors/hotels/