• Gordon Estate celebrates Grand Opening of Gordon Estate Wine Bar

    Celebration on May 10 with ribbon cutting and live music

    May 2, 2013

    PASCO, WASH. – Jeff & Vicki Gordon of Gordon Estate are proud to announce the opening of their new wine bar at Broadmoor Park in Pasco. The newly-renovated space (formerly the “food court”) offers wine tasting, wines by the glass or bottle, and a menu of small plates, salads and sandwiches. The Wine Bar features a variety of seating for approximately 90 people. There are three different areas in the bar. The main wine bar area has the majority of the seating, and features a large granite-top bar and soft lighting with space for live musicians to perform. Décor includes an antique pump organ, a Victrola phonograph and a 1908 Chicago Grand upright piano which is a family heirloom of Vicki Gordon’s.

    Through the French doors is the “Tradition Room” which will be used for small, private tastings and groups. It features the original artwork by Sandra Jones-Campbell that Gordon Estate uses on its wine labels, as well as a bar built by Jeff Gordon’s grandfather, Herb Wagner.

    The section in the back of the bar is called the “Indoor Patio” and can be separated from the rest of the room by a large glass roll-up door. Glass doors to the outside can be opened up when weather permits, and eventually the Gordons plan to have outdoor seating.

    “We realized that we were missing the retail side of the business and that our visibility in the community was waning. This wine bar is our answer to that,” says Jeff Gordon.

    Loretta Ramos-Tucker was hired in February to manage the wine bar, and she has assembled a staff to cook, pour tastings and serve guests. She says, “I want customers to have the feeling of comfort; like they are coming home to relax and unwind. Hospitality is our number one priority!”

    The wine bar opened to the public on April 27, and will be celebrating their official Grand Opening on May 10 with a ribbon-cutting at 2:00 PM, followed by live music with Dave & Scott that evening at 7:00 PM. The event is open to the public.

    Regular wine bar hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11AM – 9PM, Friday and Saturday 11AM – 11PM and Sunday 11AM – 7PM. The bar will be closed on Mondays. The wine bar address is 5236 Outlet Drive, Pasco, WA 99301. The phone number is 509-547-6331 ext. 110, and email is winebar@gordonwines.com. More information can be found at www.gordonwines.com.

    Gordon Estate is a family-owned and –operated winery in Pasco since 1983.The winery is located out the Pasco-Kahlotus highway overlooking the Snake River and Levey Park. All of Gordon Estate’s wines are estate grown.

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  • A Merlot with Something Extra

    Relish Wine Picks – March 2010
    by Wini Moranville and Charles Smothermon

    This month’s Relish issue is all about breakfast — not the most wine-worthy of meals (though some might argue that point!). Rather than offering our monthly wine pairings, we thought this would be a good month to offer up some random “Wild Card Wines”— bottles that fly under the radar either because they’re made in small quantities or they come from lesser-known regions. Note that you may need to head to a specialty wine shop or order online to find these well-kept secrets.

    (P.S.: If you’re parlaying any of the month’s breakfast recipes into brunch, check out this month’s Good Glass of Wine column, which highlights sparkling wines—always great with eggs).


    A Merlot with Something Extra: Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards Columbia Valley Merlot 2007 ($23)

    We all know the bad rap that Merlot gets for being soft and fruity and not much else. But then, you come across an amazing version and you fall in love with the grape all over again. That happened to me when I recently tasted the Gordon Brothers Columbia Valley Merlot 2007 ($23). With just 5,000 cases made, it might not be on every store shelf, but it is worth seeking out.

    Aged in a mix of French and American oak barrels for 9 months and blended with wee bits of Cabernet Sauvingon (2 percent) and Syrah (5 percent), the richly fruity wine offers bold dark-cherry and toasty notes, along with a wee bit of that little something extra I often find in great Washington reds: a curiously spicy angle that’s vaguely reminiscent of cinnamon red-hots candy. And I mean that in a good way! The flavor adds a bit of sprightly refreshment that makes this generous wine surprisingly light on its feet around foods.

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  • 2007 Tempranillo is Wine Press Northwest “Wine of the Week”

    Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010
    Wine Press Northwest “Wine of the Week”
    Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards 2007 Tempranillo

    Appellation: Columbia Valley

    Son-in-law Marc Nelson tends the vines for the Gordons, and he and winemaker Tim Henley teamed up for this Pasco, Wash., winery’s remarkable debut with this variety. Cinnamon bark, cocoa powder, black cherries, dill weed and smoked green peppercorn aromas set the table for a remarkably silky drink of blueberries, cherries, chocolate and coffee that’s finished with some mint. Rated “Outstanding” by Wine Press Northwest magazine.

    Price: $65
    Cases produced: 83
    Food matches: Try this rich red wine with braised lamb shanks, short ribs or a hearty beef stew.

    It’s only available at our tasting room in Woodinville or at the winery. If you’re interested in ordering, send an email to info@gordonwines.com …only a few cases left!

  • Gordon Brothers is Back with Good Wines

    Washington state’s pioneering Gordon Brothers are back after some years of struggle, now offering some good wines entirely from estate vineyards.

    By Paul Gregutt

    Special to the Seattle Times

    WHEN YOU REACH a certain age, you suddenly realize you can’t go back and make any more old friends. Old friends have been there all along; they don’t pop up late in life. They started out on the road with all the people who have since faded from memory or disappeared from your world; but they are the ones who, time-tested, remain.

    It’s like that in the wine industry also.

    Gordon Brothers winery dates back to 1980, when Jeff and Bill Gordon planted their estate vineyard atop a spectacular bluff overlooking the Snake River, a few miles north of Pasco. The Washington wine industry was barely begun; existing wineries numbered fewer than a dozen, many of them now extinct.

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