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…

Aviation Festival Weekend – Walla Walla Regional Airport

Wow, is this cool or what! An actual B-17 bomber, the Sentimental Journey, is coming to Walla Walla, WA the weekend of July 31-August 2. It is coming courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing and is part of a larger event taking place at the airport called the

Aviation Festival Weekend. Many of the businesses at the airport are taking part, including the wineries, the brewery, the bakery, the coffee shop and the art galleries. There will also be food vendors, music and other activities for the whole family. Be sure and get your “Passport” stamped to be eligible for the drawings for lots of cool prizes. Click here for more info.

Sapolil Cellars – Papa Loves Mambo

I had an absolute blast hanging out with Bill and Abigail Schwerin, the father / daughter winemaking team at Sapolil Cellars in Walla Walla, WA. Bill can usually be found in the tasting room on Main St., pouring wine for a group gathered round the 100 yr old grand piano that serves as their tasting bar. And if you are in town on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to stop in for the live music. I was there a couple of weeks ago and heard the more info

band “Papa Loves Mambo”. Best night out I have had in ages. Check their website for the schedule of performers.

I sampled their proprietary red blend (they refer to it as an inverted Super Tuscan) named after the band, with a commemorative label done by artist Jeffrey Hill. Last I heard there were less than 10 cases left of Papa Loves Mambo, so don’t wait too long to get yours. It will sell out very soon. They plan to release the next in the series this December, and they are currently leaning toward calling it “Gandydancer”. I am really looking forward to that one!