The first-ever Red Mountain Rendezvous will include nine pairings of Red Mountain wines and “incredible” chefs.
The exclusive winemaker dinners will kick off the third annual Red Mountain block party in style. The dinners will start at 6 p.m Sept. 26 and the block party is on Sept. 27.
“Adding these dinners to the beginning of the weekend was a natural progression for this event because great food and great wine are synergistic,” said Tim Hightower, Red Mountain AVA Alliance Board president. “We have an incredible group of chefs traveling to Red Mountain.”
Each dinner, held at winery venues on Red Mountain, is limited to 10 to 28 guest seats. The dinner tickets are $125 per person.
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The wineries and chefs are:
— Au Clair Winery & Kiona Vineyard & Winery at Kiona with Chef Molly Williams.
— Col Solare, Canvasback by Duckhorn and Force Majeure at Col Solare with Chef John Sarich, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates culinary director.
— Cooper – A Red Mountain Winery with Chef Craig Refiner, the winery’s executive chef.
— Frichette Winery & Native Sun with Chef Autumn Brown of Ethos Trattoria.
— Hamilton Cellars with Chef Andy Craig of Castle Catering.
— Hedges Family Estate with Chef William Belickis of Mistral Kitchen.
— Hightower Cellars with Executive Chef Mark Bodinet and Culinary Director Roy Breiman, both of Seattle’s Copperleaf at Cedarbrook Lodge.
— Monte Scarlatto Estate with a chef to be announced.
— Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard with Executive Chef Jamie Callison of Washington State University.
Red Mountain is a region that has been gaining national and international acclaim, with wines from Red Mountain grapes getting high scores from wine connoisseurs.
Red Mountain is near Benton City and West Richland, and can be accessed by taking exit 96 from Interstate 82. Go north on Highway 224, and follow it as it veers sharply to the left. Turn left onto Sunset Road.
Rendezvous tickets can be purchased at redmountainblockparty.eventbrite.com. They are separate from the block party tickets.
Block party tickets are limited to 350 and are going fast. The $65 per person ticket to the block party allows visitors to sample wines from 20 wineries, speak directly with growers, winemakers and vineyard owners, participate in winemaker talks and go on vineyard walks and hikes. Block party tickets are available at the same website.