By Duane Pemberton
Photography by Ross Perez
Col Solare winery was launched during the tenure of Allen Shoup, who at the time was the CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle. His vision in bringing world-renowned Tuscan winemaker, Marchesi Antinori to Washington to produce cab-based wines is what helped make Col Solare into the destination winery it is today.
It’s this winery and the passion behind it that sets the stage for an annual event called the Revelry on Red Mountain – which is really nothing more than a big party for around 300 people to sample wines which are made from fruit on Red Mountain, enjoy a spectacular view of the Yakima Valley and sample food prepared by local-favorite chef, Frank Magana of Picazo.
The most important part of the night, however, is the money that it raises for uncompensated medical care at Children’s Hospital in Seattle and the Washington Wine Education Foundation – this year, the event raised $24,500!
What’s really cool about this event is not just the beautiful setting on Red Mountain but the fun people have – could be the wine, could be the food, could be the view – we prefer to think of it as the element of “human terroir”. The place, time and wonderful people in our lives that bring us joy and fond memories.
Next year, when the Revelry is announced, I’d highly encourage anyone to make the trek out to enjoy this evening – you won’t regret it and you’ll have the opportunity to meet wonderful people and sample very tasty wines in the process.