Vince Bryan & Freddy Arredondo of Cave B Winery
With handfuls of dirt from Burgundy vineyards, Seattle neurosurgeon Vince Bryan and his wife Carol went searching in 1980 for similar soils here in Washington. They found their site along the Columbia River Gorge south of Quincy, and established an estate vineyard initially called Champs de Brionne that later became Cave B Estate Winery. The earthen bowl on the property offered such amazing acoustics that the Bryans turned it into an amphitheatre venue for thousands of listeners. Today, fine Cave B wines, world-class music, and stunningly beautiful landscape enhance each other at this destination site in the Ancient Lakes AVA. Visitors can dine at Tendrils Restaurant and stay in various types of accommodation, including luxurious cliff house guest rooms, inn suites, yurts, or personal RVs.
Winemaker Alfredo “Freddy” Arredondo started his career as a chef, but a stay in Italy changed the course of his professional and personal life. He became passionate about wine and winemaking, and also met his future wife Carrie, who is Vince and Carol’s daughter. After studying winemaking formally, Freddy and Carrie settled at Cave B where Freddy has 17 varietals to choose from in making the Cave B estate wines. In addition to Bordeaux, Rhone, Italian and Spanish style wines, Freddy also makes sparkling, late harvest and ice wines. Listen here to learn about a great white wine for red wine drinkers, what constitutes an old vine at Cave B, the “true” way to make ice wine, and much more.
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