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Episode 2 | Wendy Higgins shares the dream of Washington’s new wine concept hotel

Wendy Higgins, The Lodge at Columbia Point

On this episode of Decanted, we travel to one of the notable wine producing regions of Washington state, the “Tri-cities,” located halfway between the Yakima Valley and the Walla Walla valley. We stay at The Lodge at Columbia Point and interview Wendy Higgens, General Manager and long-time friend and colleague of the late founder, Tom Drumheller. Wendy shares Tom’s dream of a wine concept hotel, its exciting future, their dedicated Sommelier and a killer breakfast.

Glasses in Tri-Cities and Red Mountain

We wine taste at five locations, J. Bookwalter, Barnard Griffin, Tagaris, Cooper and Fidelitas. The bottles we couldn’t leave without are listed here. Yeah, most of these are at a higher price point (for our wallets) as we generally like to keep it around the $20-$40 range when visiting a string of wineries but we will cellar these gems for at least 3-5 years. By then, we will have forgotten how much we shelled out, right?

So. Worth. It.

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Wines we loved

Barnard Griffin

2012 “Forty” Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Grenache
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Cooper

’15 Estate Cabernet Franc
’15 GateKeeper “Bud’s Blend”
’14 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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Fidelitas

2014 Fidelitas Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery notes: bold and round, dark fruit tones, dark chocolate, and cedar shavings, balanced with fine tannins and a lasting finish 
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