• 2014 Syrah

    I first introduced Gordon Estate to my series bringing you some great wines from around Washington back in May. Close to Memorial Day, we enjoyed a delicately colored rosé from this winery – the 2018 Rosé produced & bottled by Gordon Estate

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  • Interview with Victor de la Luz, Winemaker at Gordon Estate and De La Luz Wines (Part 2)

    Washington Wine Blog
    by Dr. Owen J. Bargreen

    As promised, we deliver part two of our winery/winemaker feature. A great face of Washington wine, Victor de la Luz is the winemaker at both Gordon Estates and his own winery, De La Luz Wines. Originally from Mexico, Victor was actually a professional dancer before catching the wine bug and diving head first into Washington wine. A graduate of the Walla Walla Community Viticulture and Enology program, Victor has crafted some beautiful new wines for Gordon Estates. He has an inspired story and I think you will very much enjoy learning more about him. Here is my interview with Victor de la Luz, winemaker at Gordon Estates and De La Luz Wines.

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  • Interview with Victor de la Luz, Winemaker at Gordon Estate and De La Luz Wines (Part 1)

    Washington Wine Blog
    by Dr. Owen J. Bargreen

    Today marks a two part series with winery and winemaker. For those who are not familiar with Gordon Estate, it is one of Washington’s historic wineries, dating back to 1980. In that year Jeff Gordon, his wife, Vicki, and brother Bill, planted vines in the southeastern Washington’s Columbia Valley. Dr. Walter Clore felt that the 200 acre parcel of land would be a great spot to grow wine which was nestled near the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Gordon Estate has been family owned and operated since 1983, and released their first wine in 1985, an estate Chardonnay wine produced from their estate vines. Rebranded in 2012 as Gordon Estate, the winery produces a host of different varietals, from Rose, to Ice Wine to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  • Gordon Estate opening new Tasting Room at Columbia Gardens

    September 28, 2018 06:27 PM

    Two wineries and two food trucks are staking their futures on Columbia Gardens, the Port of Kennewick’s wine-theme destination development near the cable bridge.

    The port has selected four tenants for the next phase of the development on Columbia Drive — Gordon Estate Winery, Cave B Estate Winery, Swampy’s BBQ and Frost Me Sweet.

    The wineries will open tasting rooms next summer. The food trucks could roll in as early as November.

    Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village is a development meant to revitalize the Columbia River waterfront in downtown Kennewick.

    The first phase opened earlier this year at 421 E. Columbia Drive and is occupied by Palencia Wine Co./Monarcha Winery and Bartholomew Winery.

    The second phase will include two 1,225-square-foot tasting rooms and a food truck plaza. The port is devoting the insurance proceeds from a building that collapsed in 2017 to the project.

    Site work began this summer. The port will soon seek bids to build the structure, which should be ready for tenants by next summer.

    Drone Columbia Gardens

    June 30, 2018 – The Port of Kennewick is proceeding with construction near Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village for a planned Columbia Basin College culinary center in the Duffy’s Pond area in Kennewick.
    Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

    The tasting room spaces will rent for about $1,400 per month, including leasehold taxes. The food truck spots rent for $200 to $225 per month, which includes utilities. The leases have not yet been finalized.

    Gordon Estate Winery will make Columbia Gardens the face of its local wine business, said Katie Gordon Nelson, general manager of the winery her parents launched in 1983.

    Its Pasco winery will still hold club and special events, but Columbia Gardens will be the primary location for Tri-City residents and visitors to taste its wines.

    Nelson said she’s eager to collaborate with the food trucks that will operate on the neighboring plaza, including pairing Gordon vintages with food truck offerings.

    Gordon Estates is chiefly known for its cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, syrah and merlot. Its wines are 100 percent produced with grapes grown on the Gordon estates.

    But Nelson interested in playing with some of its smaller offerings. She said she’d love to pair a Spanish style tempranillo with paella if she can find a food truck to go along with her idea.

    Like Gordon, Swampy’s BBQ is betting a fixed address at Columbia Gardens will raise its profile.

    Owner Ron Swanby launched Swampy’s as a barbecue sauce and catering business in 2014 and added a food truck last year, operating from a rotating set of locations.

    “This is a true blessing,” he said.

    Eat All About It: Port bets on food trucks at Osprey Pointe
    By McClatchy

    Columbia Gardens will be its primary location, and Swanby plans to serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner for much of the week.

    He’s building a second barbecue to support the move, with plans to put it next to the truck in Kennewick.

    “There will be days we do brisket or beef ribs, but I am not going to be bound by selling that stuff on a daily basis,” Swanby said. “We’re trying to keep it fresh at all times.”

    Swampy’s — a play on Swanby’s name — specializes in playful twists on traditional barbecue fare. This week, the truck was selling “fatties” sandwiches, a colossal meat combo served hamburger-style on a bun.

    Swampy’s plans to begin operating at Columbia Gardens in early November. It will be food truck buddies with mobile arm of Frost Me Sweet, a Richland cupcake bakery and bistro.

    The bakery’s food truck is a fixture at Pasco Farmer’s Market and special events. Owners Megan and Jason Savely are currently doubling the restaurant at The Parkway in Richland.

    Quincy’s Cave B Estate Winery was established in 1982 at Quincy.

    The founders transformed a bowl-shaped gorge on the Columbia River into what is now known as the Gorge Amphitheater. Cave B launched in 2001 and has tasting rooms at Quincy and Woodinville.

  • 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.


  • 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.