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And the award goes to…

Greetings! My apologies for the loooong break between blog posts here- we’ve been extremely busy these past couple months with opening our new tasting room location in Hood River (more on that later). And so, you’ve all been spared my vino-ramblings for a while. Until now…

The results from the 2011 NW Wine Summit, the Northwest’s largest wine judging, are in. And the results are, once again, very good indeed. We’ve been submitting our “big three” for the past six years, with good to outstanding results every year. The big three refers to our Estate Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Symphony, with the Barbera receiving Gold every year we’ve submitted it. At the risk of sounding smug, we’ve come to expect this, as we believe our barbera is the pinnacle example of this varietal- anywhere.

Without further ado, the results are:

  • 2009 Estate Barbera: GOLD MEDAL. A richer, more concentrated vintage than 2008, this year’s barbera is a powerhouse of ripe, warm fruit with a vibrant, long finish. Like I said, no surprise here.
  • 2009 Estate Nebbiolo: GOLD MEDAL. Yeeeeeee-HAW!! This recognition is especially sweet for myself, as I believe this grape is responsible for the world’s most elegant and complex red wines. If you haven’t tried this years nebbiolo yet, you need to.
  • 2009 Estate Symphony: BRONZE MEDAL. Hey, it’s not a gold, but we’re so proud of this wine; nobody else that we’re aware of in the entire NW grows this unique varietal, and every year it gets a medal. This year’s symphony is drier and grassier than previous vintages, making it an awesome food-pairing wine and not just a great “deck wine”.

So thank you Bob for doing what you do so well, and thank you to the Wine Summit for acknowledging this with your oh-so-shiny medals.

Back to The Hood…  We just had our Grand Opening on Friday, June 3, and what a grand opening it was. The weather was perfect, the crowds were lively, and the wine flowed like water.

A HUGE thank you to the Hood River Chamber of Commerce for their great support and providing those super-cool, ginormous scissors. It’s such a treat to be a part of this town- one of the coolest in the NW, and where I call home.

If you haven’t yet been to the tasting room, come on down! We’ve got multiple tasting bars, and a small production area where bottling is done from time to time. On First Friday, we began bottling our new 2009 RSV Cabernet Sauvignon. A few bottles didn’t make it (CRASH!), but all in all, a succesful first time bottling there.

Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what we look like so far:

We hope to see you all either in Wishram or Hood River this weekend for Father’s Day weekend. Live music with the Dufur Boys on Saturday, 6/18 in Wishram! Dad’s taste free all weekend at both locations!

With good cheer,









3 responses

  1. Pam Rapach


    June 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    • bill hundley

      Triple Cheers!!!

      June 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm

  2. Stacey Graham

    Congrats to all of you. The hard work and creativity, focused attention and passion for what you do is being rewarded! You deserve it.

    June 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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