Charlie Hoppes ~ The Wine Boss

As promised, here is the interview I did with winemaker Charlie Hoppes of Fidelitas at his production facility in Richland, WA. Charlie was kind enough to share his background,¬†wine-making¬†philosophy, his approach to branding, an interesting story about a trip to France and his love of cheese…

This video is a little long, but has annotations in the lower right hand corner. If you mouse over you should be able to quickly find the sections that are of more interest to you…

Chandler Reach Winery – Benton City, WA

Chandler Reach is a beautiful winery sitting above the Yakima River in Benton City, WA. Owner Len Parris, a charismatic guy inspired by a visit to Italy in 1997, has done an incredible job on this property, creating a facility that oozes old world charm. And produces some mighty fine wine.

The third Thursday of the month, April through October, they have an Italian Night Dinner. Reservations required, seating limited to 48 guests. These dinners consistently sell out, so book early. Check the web site for dates.