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This weekend’s Revelry on Red Mountain: Sun, scenery and great WA wine, all for a terrific cause

Posted in Events, Non-profits, Wineries

Looking out at this morning’s November-like weather got me to thinking: Where could I go this long Memorial Day weekend for a quick stay-cation that offers sunshine, warm temperatures and of course, some excellent Washington wines?

The answer is simple: Revelry on Red Mountain, one of the signature events for the Auction of Washington Wines. This is one of my favorite wine-related events each year in the Pacific Northwest.

Yakima Valley sunset from the Col Solare patio

For us wine geeks who are passionate about Washington wines, Revelry pretty much has it all.

Setting? Check! It’s on the patio at Col Solare, overlooking the Red Mountain AVA and the gorgeous Yakima River valley. It has breathtaking scenery in spades.

Weather? Check! The weekend forecast looks perfect, with temps in the mid-70s and zero percent chance of rain. That’s right, z-e-r-o percent.

Food? Check! Culinary operations this year are being handled by Olive Catering. If you’re a fan of Jake Crenshaw’s Olive Marketplace in downtown Walla Walla, you’re gonna love this spread.

Wine? Double-check! The winery lineup this year is killer and if experience tells us anything, it’s that the winemakers usually have some extra special tucked under the table.

This year Sherri Swingle and her staff at the Auction have kicked it up a notch by adding a fun event on Sunday: A walking tour through the Kiona vineyards on Red Mountain, followed by a farm-to-table lunch hosted by Charlie Hoppes at Fidelitas and capped with a comparative tasting of older vintages of Red Mountain wines. Sigh!

As with all Auction-related events, the added bonus of Revelry is the support you provide to Seattle Children’s Hospital and also to the state’s wine industry through WSU’s burgeoning viticulture and enology program. You get to enjoy great wines in a great setting and benefit great organizations at the same time? How can you say no?

The main event on Saturday night is a steal at less than $100 per person, and there are some great packages including accommodations and transportation. Click here for tickets.