Red Mountain Roundup: 8/13/15 – 8/19/15


Oh August, how I love thee!  Such perfect days for riding! a Ride.

Events, Places to Visit:

If a tasting fee for a winery isn’t listed below it’s only because I don’t know what it is, there still may be a tasting fee charged.

  • Red Mountain Trails – Fri – Sun by reservation.  1/2 hour and 1 hour trail rides.  
    Family BBQ and Wagon Ride — Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday by reservation.  
    Sunset Dinner and Wagon Ride — Friday and Saturday nights by reservation.
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun.
    Sunday 2:00 pm — vineyard and winery tour.
  • Cooper – tasting room open 11am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon.  Tasting fees often go to various charities.  
    Saturday 8/15/15 — Food Truck Saturday with Northwest Sunset Grille.
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open daily 11 am – 5 pm
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily 11 am – 5 pm.
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open daily 11 am – 5 pm, Thursdays 11 am – 7 pm 
    Thursday 8/13/15, open late (until 7:00 pm).
  • Hedges – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Sat, Sun.  $5.00 nonrefundable tasting fee
  • Hightower – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Mon.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  Tasting fee $7.00 (refundable with purchase) Red Mountain Trails offers trail rides through Kiona Vineyards on weekends and by reservation.
  • Linda Ellis Andrews — Artist in Glass and Bronze.  Linda is a fabulous artist and wonderful person!  Make an appointment to visit her studio, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Monte Scarlatto — tasting room open 10 am – 5 pm Thurs and Sun.  10 am – 6 pm Fri and Sat.  By appointment also. They have a 9-hole golf course among the vines, check it out!
  • Portrait Cellars — tasting by appointment only.  509-588-4534
  • Tapteil – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Fri – Sun.
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 10 am – 6 pm.
    Friday 8/14/15, noon — 9 pm.  “Nights on the Terrace”.  Enjoy dining at the Vineyard grill on Friday night.  Menu and more info here.
  • Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.
  • Tri-Cities Events

Places to Stay:

  • Vacation Rentals by Owner — Red Mountain has some really nice vacation rentals available for your visit.  Most of these are right on Red Mountain and visitors get a discount on their trail or wagon ride when they stay.
  • Bella Luna House — gorgeous vacation rental offered by Tapteil winery.
  • Camping and RV — 
    • Beach RV Park – situated in Benton City — lots of pretty trees, gorgeous setting along the Yakima River waterfront, 5 minutes to Red Mountain.
    • RV Village Resort – West Richland.  Easy access to Red Mountain and Richland for restaurants, shopping, and wine-tasting.  Indoor pool and spa.
  • The nearest hotels are located in Richland and Prosser.

Places to Eat

There are a number of chain restaurants around but here are some “off the beaten path” recommendations:

  • Red Mountain Trails — we offer Wagon Ride dinners in the spring, summer, and fall!
  • Terra Blanca Vineyard Grill — Fri, Sat, Sun noon – 5 pm.  Oh man, I love to eat on their patio — a glass of wine, some lovely food, and the views are to die for.
  • 8/8/15 Cooper Wine Company hosts the Northwest Sunset Grille food truck.  
  • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
  • Brickhouse Pizza — West Richland.  Great pizza crust on their pizzas and a nice fresh salad bar.


Remember me grousing about the weather a while back and how bloomin’ hot it was?  Cherry harvest was 2 weeks early and wine grapes are nearly 3 weeks to a month early.

Holy heck.

Washington Wine Harvest Sets Mark as Earliest in History 


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