Sunday afternoon was one of those perfect spring days in the Tri-Cities – warm, sunny, and absolutely no wind – a great day to visit Red Mountain. Our destination: Kiona Winery.
They have a superb deck on which you can enjoy a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine overlooking acres of grape vines.
It is still early spring. The vines have just barely begun to leaf.
The tasting room in large and inviting featuring walls of windows taking in the views. In the ell of the building you can enjoy the photography of John Clement, a favorite of ours.
Here was the lineup of wines available for tasting on April 19.
We started with the Chenin Blanc, and after the first sip, we both looked at each other with surprise – we really liked it! It’s not sweet, it is crisp and light and would be delightful after gardening or mowing the lawn. Moving on to the reds, we didn’t find any of them remarkable. Now we wouldn’t say they were bad at all, just not to our taste. The last bottle was the Late Harvest Riesling which of course was quite sweet and nice, perfect for dessert.
The traffic of tasters to the tasting room was light, but steady, and we exchanged comments with some, but no real conversation with anyone. We might have spent a little time on the deck if Kiona had some cheese in the cooler, but there wasn’t, and we didn’t think ahead to pack anything. Lesson learned!