Hello? Spring? Is That You?

We have two small glacial remains in our backyard, the last remnants of Winter 2016/2017, aka “oh my god when will this white horror end?”  Tonight’s weather forecast predicts an inch of snow.  20170219_120640

Nevertheless, we persisted.  

25 fluffy little chicks arrived in the post the other day.  I welcome the constant peeping of the little fluff balls, they sound like spring.  And we are darn ready for it.  

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This is also the “non chapstick” time of year.  The horses are shedding their coats at a rate such that if you’re not careful you’ll have a Shetland-pony’s worth of hair stuck to your lips.  Honestly. 

The hens were withholding eggs during the worst of the winter and now they’re cranking them out like a Pez dispenser.  Eggs everywhere.  

The first day of Spring is March 21st or so, and I had my doubts that we’d make it.  Despite the forecast for snow tonight, my optimism is returning.  

Hope to see you out here soon to enjoy it with us!

 

 

 

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This White Bull****

***Disclaimer: I don’t know if this is true, but it’s funny and that is what matters.  Also, swearing. ***

There’s a story circulating that a man was arrested for attempting to remove snow with a flame-thrower.  The  operator of said instrument of doom stated he, “did not possess the willpower necessary to move four billion tons of white bullshit.”

I feel like he’s my spirit animal.

I mean, I don’t want to complain about the weather.  Mostly because I’m afraid that every time Mother Nature hears someone complain, she says, “hold my beer, watch this…”  And we are shellacked again with a quarter inch of ice… or just more of  “the white bullshit.”  (TWBS)

I’ve learned that there are no limits to the creative heated chicken-related things you can buy — heat lamps are obvious.  Heated waterers – handy.  Heated roosts?  That’s a dimension I refuse to enter…  I simply cannot abide in a world where chickens require heated roosts.  Ain’t right.

The horses love TWBS.  They roll in it, lay in it, run around and play in it.  They buck, rear, fart, and run in it.  Even a couple of our oldsters who wouldn’t muster a trot if you chased them in a T-rex costume have found a new spring in their step.  

The problem isn’t TWBS so much.  I mean, we deal with this up at the cabin and of course skiing.  And the bitter cold we had, well, I’ll live.  It’s just that it’s not normal for here.  We can usually get through a winter with a couple of 500 watt stock tank heaters and a bag of salt for the patio steps.  I’ve since learned that we needed insulated stock tank covers (which I built), 1000 watt heaters (which we bought), block heaters for the tractors, heat lamps (which the chickens were afraid of), heated chicken waterers (bought online), and — this is the most upsetting — a snow shovel.  

I’ve been thinking of writing about my first year of total self-employment.  It has been hilarious the kinds of crazy things that have happened — stuff you would think I was making up.  Crazy relatives you have to take to court?  Check.  Freakishly cold winter?  Check.  Record-breaking snow pack?  double-check.  4 wheel drive goes out on the tractor?  of course.  Flooded basement? yup.  Injuries?  of course! 

But the cool thing about all of that is that the business has been the one big, bright, wonderful spot in all of this.  Jeff keeps saying, “you’re so much happier!”  

Yeah.  I am.  

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This Weather, Though!

I tell ya.  Over the weekend we were in the single digits, negative degrees at night.  We had about 8 inches of snow on the ground and my sole occupation was “breaking ice”.  

This morning it’s 43 degrees out.  So, like, 40 degrees warmer than Sunday morning at 5:00 am.  

It’s a chinook.  You know how every time it rains, it’s followed by winds?  That’s the pattern around here.  In the winter we’ll get a cold front with some precipitation, and then right on its heels is a warm wind.  That’s a chinook.  

My uncle never heard the word before coming to visit us, and quickly adopted it for his nickname for me.  I think maybe I talked a lot or something. 

I’m glad for the change in weather – the horse troughs are full, I don’t have to break ice, and I can actually sleep through the night without worrying about the critters quite so much.  

Not sure why I worry, horses are made for this weather and they love the cold.  This was them the other day when it was about 6 degrees out.

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Many Thanks

November marks the beginning of the end, it is the month when we begin to end the year.  We butcher the birds, harvest the last of the walnuts, cut down trees for the Christmas tree lot, and kick off the last frenzied efforts of the year.   Lumber Jill

 

The last few days have been especially busy.  We went into the mountains on Friday and began cutting trees for our Christmas tree lot.  Most of the trees we get are spruce and they are beautiful. 

 

Sunday and Monday we thinned our flock, which is not-so-secret-code for “butchered.”  It may be a little disconcerting to read that statement after seeing a picture of me with a chainsaw, but rest assured the two are completely unrelated.  (Except: I wore those same Carhartts for butchering.)

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These are what we butcher with.

We butchered 5 geese, 6 turkeys (plus one a few days earlier), and 2 ducks.  The turkeys were impressive, our biggest weighed in at 55 lbs live, and 42 lbs dressed. The hens were in the 20 – 30 lb range.  

 

I never thought I’d get sappy romantic over butchering birds, but it’s a testament to a man’s love for you when he takes over the “dispatch” part of the process because:
Me:  “Okay, I think I got the jugular….  Oh my gosh, it’s flapping.  Okay, it should be done… wait.  oh geeze!  OH MY GOSH IT LOOKED RIGHT AT ME!!!!  I’m a terrible, terrible person!  Oh god!  It saw my soul!!”  
Apparently we reached Jeff’s tolerance level for how much of my wailing and gnashing of teeth he could take.  

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When it gets to the point of actually dressing the carcass — pulling the internal organs out and cleaning out the body cavity — I’m apparently “in the zone.”  The annoying zone, maybe, but then I’m all, “Oh my gosh come and look at this!  Look at his liver!  Oh wow, look how beautifully the lungs came out!”

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Here’s Jeff and Jackie (a goose/duck/egg customer and friend) with Jackie’s Christmas tree she picked up yesterday.

It’s tough work but few things are as gratifying as living so close to the land.  It’s time-consuming and sure isn’t for everyone, but we sure enjoy it.

Speaking of birds and farming, we have eggs available — chicken and duck — and will have them all winter.  Contact us if you’d like some fresh eggs!

Also, if you want to order any birds for next year (chickens and turkeys), we’ll be taking orders in January and plan to butcher in the spring and in the fall.  (Chickens in the spring; chickens and turkeys in the fall.)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and hope we see you at our Christmas Tree lot!

 

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Fat Ponies on a Green Background, Apple Cake, and Hours

Fat Ponies on a Green Background

We’ve been working on getting our place greened up.  It’s been a long process of replacing our pump and 400 feet of pipe from the aquifer to the surface.  My dad drilled the well himself 45 years ago.  My older brother and I have replaced/repaired the pump probably 4 times now.  The pumps are supposed to have a life of about 7 years, but we milked about 20 out of the first one.  Ah, the good ol’ days…

Dad and I, 4/20/1975, the day we struck water.

Dad and I, 4/20/1975, the day we struck water.

Anyway, that was step one — getting sufficient capacity to water pasture grass.  The rest has been a matter of planting, watering, and rotating the horses so the grass has time to establish.  We have done it in thirds, a bit tough on a small acreage with a herd of horse, it’s hard to sacrifice that third of our place for a year to establish the grass.  

But the rewards…  First and foremost is the health benefit to the horses of grazing and getting that variety in their diet.  Our pasture is a mix of drought-tolerant legumes and grasses.  

Second is seeing healthy, happy horses grazing in vibrant, lush, green pasture.  Seeing how excited they are to go from their dry lot to the pastures is fun, too.

Third is that monetarily it helps offset our hay costs a bit.  This is pretty nominal, but I do think that the health benefit of grazing saves us money as well, though hard to calculate.  Horses actually have small stomachs and are made to graze for up to 18 hours a day.  We’ve experienced dramatic changes in horse health and behavior by switching to a free-feed program — either constant access to grass hay or pasture, or both.  And happy horses is really what it’s all about, isn’t it?

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Apple Cake

It’s harvest time and so I made Apple Cake with Streusel topping.  I don’t know, does that make it a coffee cake?  It makes it good, ’nuff said.  So good that I took some to our neighbors and while my BFF Eve took a nap, her husband ate it all.  

Jeff and I are trying a more conservative pace of consumption, though as long as it’s still in the house I’ll sleep with one eye open to avoid the tragedy that befell Eve.  

Here’s what I made:

Red Mountain Trails Apple Cake
So many apples it's practically a pie!
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For the cake
  1. 2 eggs (I used fresh duck eggs, chicken eggs are of course great!)
  2. 1 c oil
  3. 2 c sugar
  4. 2 t ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 t salt
  6. 1 t vanilla
  7. 2 c flour
  8. 1 t baking soda
  9. 6 c peeled, cored, and thinly sliced granny smith apples
For the Topping
  1. 3/4 c brown sugar
  2. 3/4 c flour
  3. 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  4. 1 T water
  5. 1/4 c walnuts (I've used halves and the processor chops them up nicely)
  6. 1/4 c cold butter, diced
For the cake
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan or 4 small loaf pans. (I like to use the small foil ones.)
  2. 2. Prepare the apples. I like to use a corer/peeler tool and it takes about 3 large apples. Just core, peel and spiral slice them. Then I slice the apples lengthwise to get nice slices of apple.
  3. 3. Beat oil and eggs until creamy. Stir in the sugar and vanilla.
  4. 4. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and ground cinnamon together. Slowly add this mixture to the egg mixture and mix until combined. This makes a dense batter.
  5. 5. Fold in the apples by hand using a wooden spoon. It will seem like there are way too many apples, and that's perfect! You basically are coating the apple slices with the batter.
  6. 6. Pour the batter into the large pan or the small loaf pans.
  7. 7. Sprinkle the topping (below) over the batter.
  8. 8. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, or until the cakes test done.
For the Topping
  1. 1. Combine dry ingredients in a food processor.
  2. 2. Slowly drizzle the water into the mixture, with the food processor running.
  3. 3. Slowly add the diced butter, a little at a time, while pulsing the food processor.
  4. 4. Once the mixture is combined, process for another 15 seconds.
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Hours

We are open all winter long! Yup, don’t hesitate to contact us if we get one of our characteristically warm, mild, sunny winter days and you want to go for a wagon or trail ride. It’s wonderful out here!
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Red Mountain Roundup, 10/27/16

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

It is definitely fall out here!
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit:

If there are no tasting fees listed, it’s just because I don’t know what they are.  I believe all tasting rooms on Red Mountain charge a fee.

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides and Trail Rides available.  Click here to reserve!  We now have bicycle rentals!
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
  • Cooper – tasting room open 11am – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily 11 am – 5 pm.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.    
    Thursday, 10/27 — Hallowine Soul Food dinner.  Click here to reserve!
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5.  
  • Hightower Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Sun.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00 (refundable with purchase) 
  • 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 11 am – 4 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 5 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
  • Purple Star Wines — make appointment or call for info.  509-628-7799.
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
  • Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more 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.  Also, we can deliver your bike rental to you at your vacation rental.
  • 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.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • 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 
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Wild Boar Grill — Benton City.  This is a new and very welcome addition to the area.  I’m a big fan of their pig wings and homemade potato chips!
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Aw, Nuts!

It’s fall.  Something about the light and the cool air makes me want to snuggle indoors and write every chance I get.  (My dream life is one of ridin’ and writin’.)  

This time of year is exciting because we finally get to really experience the fruits of our labor.  The hay barn is full (I can’t even tell you how good that feels, it’s like having a huge savings account).  We’ve butchered most of the meat chickens and they are in the freezer.  Dang those guys turned out good — right around 5 to 6 pounds each.  We have some turkeys we’ll butcher in a couple of weeks (just in time for Thanksgiving) and then ducks and geese in December.  

The walnut grove.

The walnut grove.

I managed to pull myself away from my writing perch and go outside to process walnuts.  My family planted a small “orchard” of about a dozen English Walnut trees.  I’ve avoided dealing with them because they’re so dang messy and time-consuming to get to the meat.  Amazing how inspiring a sunny fall day can be.

 I only got walnuts off one tree and filled this huge dehydrator my parents built about 40 years ago.  (Seriously, this thing is mammoth — about 5’6″ high, with fourteen 3′ x 3′ drying racks.)  Still several trees to go, but maybe I’ll finish this week.  Maybe not.  I have never actually liked walnuts.

The Process

  1. The first step is to succumb to the beauty of the day and embrace it.  

    Nuts n' grapes.

    Nuts n’ grapes.

  2. Next, I grabbed a manure fork as it seemed to be the right size to pick up the fallen nuts.  That turned out to be a pain as it picked up all of the leaves and sticks and everything else, so I just reverted to picking up the nuts by hand.  No biggie.

    Using the manure fork.

    Using the manure fork.

  3. I hauled the lug of nuts down to a little station I set up — a sheet of plywood, a pressure washer, a brick, and some old milk crates.  The nuts still have a nasty husk on them that will turn your hands black if you handle it too much.  I dump the nuts into the milk crates, tip them at an angle using the brick, and then pressure-wash the husks from them. 

    Ready for the dehydrator.

    Ready for the dehydrator.

  4. Once they’re mostly clean – which only takes a few minutes – I spread them on the drying racks from the food dehydrator.  I don’t know if drying them is absolutely necessary.  I cracked a couple of beauties open and ate the meat and they tasted fantastic.  You know how sometimes walnuts can have that bitter after-taste?  None of that here.  (I wonder if that’s related to ripeness?)  20161025_145544

Something I never knew about Black Walnuts (and I was so relieved to know that these trees are English instead of Black) — they are highly toxic to horses.  Something about the tree and nuts can severely damage horse hooves in very short order.  

Walnut day was wonderful, today it’s cool, grey, and rainy.  Fortunately it’s also Baking Day!  

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Red Mountain Roundup, 10/20/16

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

THIS is the time of year to be out here!
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit:

If there are no tasting fees listed, it’s just because I don’t know what they are.  I believe all tasting rooms on Red Mountain charge a fee.

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides and Trail Rides available.  Click here to reserve!  We now have bicycle rentals!
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
  • Cooper – tasting room open 11am – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
    Saturday, 10/22, 12:00 – 4:00 — Harvest Party.  Tickets are available here
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily 11 am – 5 pm.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.    
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5.  or Book here. 
  • Hightower – Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Sun.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00 (refundable with purchase) 
  • 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 11 am – 4 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 5 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
  • Purple Star Wines — make appointment or call for info.  509-628-7799.
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
  • Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more 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.  Also, we can deliver your bike rental to you at your vacation rental.
  • 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.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • 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 serve lunch on our wine tasting tours.   Reserve here!
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Wild Boar Grill — Benton City.  This is a new and very welcome addition to the area.  I’m a big fan of their pig wings and homemade potato chips!
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Red Mountain Roundup, 9/8 – 9/14/2016

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

THIS is the time of year to be out here!
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit:

If there are no tasting fees listed, it’s just because I don’t know what they are.  I believe all tasting rooms on Red Mountain charge a fee.

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides and Trail Rides available.  Click here to reserve!  We now have bicycle rentals!
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
  • Cooper – tasting room open 11am – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
    Saturday, 9/10, 6:00 — Dinner in the Estate Vineyards.  Click Here to reserve.
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily 11 am – 5 pm.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.    
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5.  or Book here. 
  • Hightower – Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Sun.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00 (refundable with purchase) 
  • 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 11 am – 4 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 5 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
  • Purple Star Wines — make appointment or call for info.  509-628-7799.
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
    Fri – Sun —  The Vineyard Grill is open from noon – 6 PM. 
  • Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more 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.  Also, we can deliver your bike rental to you at your vacation rental.
  • 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.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • 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 serve lunch on our wine tasting tours AND we serve dinner for our amazing, one-of-a-kind sunset dinner rides!  Reserve here!
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Wild Boar Grill — Benton City.  This is a new and very welcome addition to the area.  I’m a big fan of their pig wings and homemade potato chips!
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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Red Mountain Roundup, 8/18/16 – 8/24/16

Red Mountain Roundup is a roundup of all of the things to do, places to stay, and other information to help you plan your visit to Red Mountain.

The heat came and harvest has started out here!  It’s a wonderful time to be here!
 http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/99320:4:US

Events, Places to Visit:

If there are no tasting fees listed, it’s just because I don’t know what they are.  I believe all tasting rooms on Red Mountain charge a fee.

  • Red Mountain Trails — Wagon Rides and Trail Rides available.  Click here to reserve!  We now have bicycle rentals!
  • Col Solare – tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Weds – Sun. 
    Sunday, 8/21, 5:00 – 9:00 pmSummer Sole.  Experience amazing sunsets from our deck while sipping Col Solare wines. Enjoy wine by the glass or bottle, special food and wine pairings and live music. 
  • Cooper – tasting room open 11am – 5 pm DAILY.  Tasting fee $10.00  A portion of tasting fees often go to various charities.  
  • Fidelitas – tasting room open 11 am – 4 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.  
  • Frichette – tasting room open daily 11 am – 5 pm.  Tasting fee $10.00, refundable with wine purchase.    
    Saturday, 8/20, 6:30 Farm to Fork.  Sold out, but call to be on the waitlist.  Join us and Ethos Catering in celebrating sustainable farming, local agriculture, and the relationships that continue to bloom in our food community between farms, restaurants, wineries, and consumers!
  • Hamilton Cellars – tasting room open Sun – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm
  • Hedges – open on weekends, 11 – 5.  or Book here. 
  • Hightower – Tasting room open 11 am – 5 pm Thurs – Sun.
  • Kiona –  tasting room open noon – 5 pm daily.  Tasting fee $10.00 (refundable with purchase) 
  • 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 11 am – 4 pm Thurs and Sun.  11 am – 5 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
  • Purple Star Wines — make appointment or call for info.  509-628-7799.
  • Tapteil – Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  509-588-4460  
  • Terra Blanca –  tasting room open daily 11 am – 6 pm.  
    Thurs, 8/18, 6:30 pmChef Series featuring Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar.  Executive Chef Pat Lutrick from Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar will be here for a delicious Chef Series dinner. Enjoy a multi-course meal as it is prepared right in front of you. Each course is paired with your favorite Terra Blanca wines.
    Fri, 8/19, 7:00 pmCuisine de Vin.  This fundraising event offers a very casual fun evening with friends. Regional Chefs will prepare their signature dishes which will be paired with wines from the Red Mountain AVA.
    Fri – Sun —  The Vineyard Grill is open from noon – 6 PM. 
  • Tucannon – tasting room open Fri – Sun 11 am – 6 pm, Wed – Thurs 11 am – 5 pm.  $5.00 tasting fee.  
  • Tri-Cities Events
  • Red Mountain AVA Site (info, places to stay, calendar of more 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.  Also, we can deliver your bike rental to you at your vacation rental.
  • 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.  If you stay here we can deliver your bike rental to you!
    • 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 serve lunch on our wine tasting tours AND we serve dinner for our amazing, one-of-a-kind sunset dinner rides!  Reserve here!
    • Tacos Garcia Taco Truck — West Richland.  The best taco truck around, and I love their ceviche.
    • The Wild Boar Grill — Benton City.  This is a new and very welcome addition to the area.  I’m a big fan of their pig wings and homemade potato chips!
    • The Vineyard Grill at Terra Blanca — Red Mountain.  One of the only places on the hill to eat.  Beautiful views and great food and wine!
    • Hacienda del Sol — Benton City.  Large portions of great Mexican food and excellent customer service!
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