When nobody else at work apparently wanted to go to a pre-opening of 14 Hands new winery in Prosser, WA, I absolutely jumped at the chance. Honestly before I heard of the event I had no idea that 14 Hands didn’t already have their own winery! About a 3 hour drive from Bellevue, the winery is located just a few minutes from downtown Prosser. The venue itself is gorgeous, very rustic chic with a large parking lot and nice grassy area outside, then all wood and barnyard charm on the inside.
After checking in and collecting my name tag I was immediately presented with a glass of their Chardonnay in a wine glass etched with 14 Hands. Charming wine accents could be seen everywhere, from the wine barrel tables to the canopy printed with 14 hands wine labels. A distinctive horse theme was visible from the grand mural on the side of the building, a sketch of a 14 hands horse on a door of the tasting room, and the metal racing horse statues that greet you as you walk in.
For the event booths were scattered around the grassy lawn, each serving a 14 Hands wine paired with a complementing appetizer. My absolute favorite was the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc paired with crab claw meat with avocado puree on toast crackers. Later I was very sad to hear that the wine won’t be available for purchase until May 13th, I guess it will have to go on my wish list! I also sampled a delicious 2012 Syrah that came straight out of the cask, it has yet to be bottled. My initial reaction to it’s nose was bacon! It had a heavy peppery, smokey, meaty taste and went amazingly with a mini roasted duck tostada!
Other treats included a blue cheese & caramelized onion tartlet, phyllo wrapped asparagus, ahi tuna sliders, and melt in your mouth beef kebabs.
The view from the patio was gorgeous, and paired with the deliciously warm, sunny weather and live music, it was a fantastic event. Their tasting room was spacious, with comfy couches around a fireplace and a large conference room upstairs. I went home with two purchased wines that stood out to me, the 2012 Moscato and the 2009 Reserve Merlot. I also got to keep my tasting glass and a perfectly decorated 14 Hands cookie for the road, made by Walla Walla’s Cookie Construction Co. The cookie was delicious, a perfectly soft and not too sweet sugar cookie, and the flawless decorating job qualified it as cookie “art”.
The official opening is this Saturday and unfortunately already sold out. However, I’d highly suggest making the trip over to Prosser because come summer, you won’t want to leave that tasting room! I’m also very impressed with what Cookie Construction Co. can do, I hope to see more of their cookies in the future!