Sitting down to a multi course meal with Scott and Vicky Williams of Kiona Vineyards and Winery remains one of my favorite memories from the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. The dinner was part of a post-conference excursion that took place on Red Mountain, one of Washington state’s renowned AVAs. After a day of activities, we ended up at Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyards. Member wineries and grape growers of the Red Mountain AVA Alliance treated us to a Grand Tasting then joined us for dinner on the winery’s stunning patio. We ended up sharing a table with Scott and Vicky.
Throughout the evening we enjoyed a number of Kiona wines. Fantastic wines. This served as a reminder to me that it had been a while since I last tasted these wines. Why? I had simply done what many of us have done. I allowed the new wineries out there to distract me from the tried and true producers. I had forgotten that these people were the pioneers who planted the first vineyards in The Red Mountain Appellation. Never mind that they are known for consistently producing quality wines.
How could I have let that happen? After all, I still fondly remember the first time the hubby and I visited Red Mountain. It was so long ago that when we stopped to taste Kiona wine, the tasting room was still in the basement of the family residence.
Now, the winery and tasting room is housed in a stunning facility that includes a 10,000 square-foot underground barrel cellar. The tasting room offers sweeping panoramic views of the estate vineyards and the Yakima Valley. There is even a patio where you can linger with a picnic lunch.
So, if you’re thinking it’s been too long since you’ve tasted wines from Kiona Winery and Vineyards, here’s your chance to get caught up. I’ll be hosting a tasting at Dish it up! in Seattle this Sunday. Stop by for a taste of Kiona ’05 Cabernet Merlot, ’09 Lemberger, and ’06 Estate Zinfandel.
Complimentary wine tasting with JJ Williams of Kiona Vineyards and Winery
Sunday, March 25th 1-3pm
Dish it up! in Ballard
5320 Ballard Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
The Ballard Farmers Market is right outside the shop, so you can make an afternoon of it!