Seattle Magazine’s Winemaker of the Year, Charlie Hoppes, has staked his sterling rep in the heart of the Red Mountain. Yet the veteran vintner has gone the way of so many fellow winemakers, opening a second satellite sipping station, Woodinville’s newest.
The Fidelitas tasting room is open in the strip of shops that’s also home to Sparkman Cellars, Trust, DeLille Cellars and Purple, located sort of kitty corner to the iconic Hollywood Schoolhouse and a roundabout away from the year-old Station Pizzeria. This hood just keeps getting to be a more delicious destination all the time.
Hoppes is going to be in da house at the Fidelitas tasting room every Saturday during August, serving up some of his finest and chatting up visitors.
Here are a few nuggets about the winemaker you could sprinkle into the conversation when you meet him:
He first got hooked on making wine at home using a kit. White Riesling was the star of his initial batch.
Before studying viticultural at University of California at Davis, Hoppes got his BA in economics at Eastern Washington University. Go Eagles!
Mike Januick hired him in 1990 to work at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, where he stayed for nearly 10 years, leaving in to help launch Three Rivers Winery before starting Fidelitas in 2000.
His family winery now produces 7,000 cases a year of the Bordeaux-inspired reds, though I cannot wait to get my mitts on a bottle of the 2012 semillon, made with fruit from Stillwater Creek Vineyard.
Go visit Charlie and his crew!
The tasting room is located at 14467 Woodinville-Redmond Road and is open from noon to 6 p.m. daily. The $10 tasting fee is refundable with a wine purchase. Follow the winery's Facebook page to learn more about upcoming events.