- The tasting room is temporarily closed for wine tasting.
- Frichette is offering curbside ordering and pick up.
- We haven’t opened wine for guests in weeks.
Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that we wouldn’t be pouring wine for our guests to enjoy and that our tasting room would be closed for several weeks. We made plans to renovate the back patio so more guests can enjoy wine outside and we just launched a new charcuterie plate program that would perfectly complement our wine experience. Just like everyone else across the country and around the globe, we are forced to pivot.
After a few days of shock and a week or two of understanding the new normal, we adopted a move forward plan. The plan included accepting new ways to offer our wines while keeping engaged with our guests. The liquor control board allowed wineries to offer curbside pickup, even using space right outside our tasting rooms to sell wine. As guests stopped in to pick up wines, we saw that with physical distance, we still had the opportunity to visit. It has been a treat to get to catch up.
Here’s what we’ve been up to since the #stayhome order:
- Pruning the vineyard was fun. Greg and Shae competed on who could prune the fastest. Shae won.
- We fixed irrigation, broke irrigation, fixed irrigation…
That went quick. #TBT to last week’s full day of bottling the 2018 vintage. #RedMtn #WAWine #BottlingDay #TimelapsePosted by Frichette Winery on Thursday, May 14, 2020
We bottled 14 wines for the 2018 Vintage. It took almost 3 days to bottle 2300 cases of wine, our largest bottling yet. This is the first vintage of Carmenere, Zinfandel, and Syrah for our facility. We also bottled Petit Verdot, Punctual, Reserve Blend, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec.
- We cleaned and sanitized 94 barrels
- We reset the production facility and barrel room. The aromatherapy in this room is incredible.
- With our neighboring wineries off #Exit96 in Benton City, we’ve consistently offered Virtual Happy Hours on Facebook where we talk all things wine
- We planted our Giving Garden, committing to growing and donating fresh food to the local food bank with other wineries.
- Next week we’ll shoot thin in the vineyard, pull and package wine club wines and taste through the 2018’s to create tasting notes.
- We’ll look forward to your next visit with us, whether curbside pick up, virtual or in person. We can’t wait to catch up. In the meantime:
- We are open daily Noon – 5 PM for curbside pick up (order upon arrival, online, call/text 509 423 3227). When you arrive, we run your wines out to you. Most of the time, we see cars drive up and by chance if we are not running out right away, our number is on the door. Just call us as we are in the back of the tasting room, cellar or vineyard and eager to get your wine to you.
- We host Mystery Wine Challenges, which have been fun! For this blind tasting experience, we send you a bottle of wine with the label covered, and using Zoom, we teach you what to look for in blind tasting so you can make an educated guess on what the wine is. It’s fun and you learn wine 101.
- We make Facebook LIVE and Instagram LIVE videos of random goings-on including barrel tasting, vineyard tours, food pairing, and more. Like us on Facebook and Instagram to join the conversation.
As always, thank you for visiting with us and sharing our wines.