The history of wine in Washington with Columbia Winery winemaker Sean Hails

The history of wine in Washington with Columbia Winery winemaker Sean Hails

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The history of wine in Washington with Columbia Winery winemaker Sean Hails
Columbia Winery was the first premium winery in Washington State. In this interview for http://aroundtheworldin80harvests.com their winemaker Sean Hails talks about the history of the winery and wine in the region as well as giving us his favourite wine varieties today and the wines he believes will make Washington’s future. Please visit www.80harvests.com and follow […]
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Columbia Winery was the first premium winery in Washington State. In this interview for http://aroundtheworldin80harvests.com their winemaker Sean Hails talks about the history of the winery and wine in the region as well as giving us his favourite wine varieties today and the wines he believes will make Washington’s future. Please visit www.80harvests.com and follow us on social media @80harvests for more winemaker interviews and guides to wine regions around the world.

Transcript:
Amanda Barnes: So Sean, we are in the middle of one of your Yakima Valley vineyards, and Columbia is one of the first premium wineries in Washington. Can you give us a little bit about the history here?

Sean Hails: Yeah, I can actually. We are 53 years old, so in 1962 we started. A group of 10 friends actually started as Associated Vintners. I believe 6 of them were professors and they decided, kind of for whatever reason in the 60s a great thing, you know, forward thinking, they decided to get together and, you know, start a winery. So they did, yeah.

AB: Excellent, and part of your legacy is of course that one of your winemakers and founders brought some new varieties to the region. Can you tell me a bit about that?

SH: I can. The person to whom you are speaking is David Lake and he joined the winery in I believe 79 and he was very, he was an MW, and he came to this region and he really had vision and I’m assuming saw stuff that other people didn’t. So we, he, or us – the winery, we were the first to bring grape varieties Syrah, Cab Franc, as well as Pinot Gris to this region and so he got together with Red Willow vineyards and planted these varieties long before anybody else did.

AB: And what is it about Syrah that works really well in the valley?

SH: Well, Syrah is just wonderful. Syrah can be grown in so many different regions, we grow it here in Yakima, we can grow it in Horse Heaven, we can grow it in so many different regions, but what I love about it is that it is versatile, it brings some really, really nice dark fruit to the blends that I put together and a plushness. So it just kind of gives you a mid-palate plushness that is just absolutely wonderful.

AB: Sounds delicious! Many of your icon wines here from Columbia are actually not from Yakima, you have three very distinct appellations that you work with.

SH: Yeah I do actually. So you are speaking of Red Mountain, we do a Cab from Red Mountain, we do a blend we call Element from Wahluke Slope which is north east of here, and then we do a Legacy blend which is a true Bordeaux blend that I’ve put together and it is out of Horse Heaven hills. So yes, those three areas are just – they are warm, they are the three warmest in Washington and they just grow some great fruit. Cab in particularly is really what I am after in two of them, and in Wahluke it is Merlot that really struck my fancy when I moved here in 2012.

AB: And how can you describe the differences between those three regions? And how that might express itself in the actual wine?

SH: I think between Horse Heaven and Wahluke Slope, I think… let’s back up a little bit. In general I think, reds grow really well here, we get some great colour and structure, but from Horse Heaven to Wahluke I think Horse Heaven reds from a tannic perspective are just a little bit more elegant, in Wahluke Slope they are just a little bit (what I call) chunkier, they are just a little bit grainier and bigger. And then Red Mountain is probably on that same tier as Wahluke, it is just bigger, more expressive tannins, but there is something about the dirt there, and there is an earthiness that is also kind of interwoven with the wonderful fruit off of Red Mountain that just makes it so special…



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