by Fred McMillin
for March 13, 1997

Hip, Hip, Hurrah for Yakima

Prologue: "One of the sturdiest winery opertions in Washington State's Yakima Valley, Staton Hills' top wines include an understated yet stylish Cabernet Sauvignon"... from Bob Thompson's "Wine Atlas."

The Rest of the Story: The northwest Indian tribe's name was "Eyakima." It meant "well fed people." They certainly were. In fact, today Yakima produces more apples, more mint and more hops than any other county in the USA. The fertile Yakima Valley, blessed with 300 days a year of sunshine, also is starting to produce some remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that show world-class potential. To see what the excitement is all about, try the Staton Hills '92 Cab. It's more Bordeaux than Stags Leap.. more gentle than bold... but with plenty of staying power to harmonize with my Beef Wellington.

1992 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima valley
Staton Hills Winery
Wapato, Yakima Valley, WA

Category: Recommended

Postscript: The Yakima Valley is delineated by Rattlesnake Mountain, Horse Haven Hills, etc. To learn more about this colorful area, see "Wine Regions of America" by Prof. John Baxevanis.

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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