We will be featuring Col Solare Wednesday 1/28 from 6-8pm!
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For many of us, retirement is a time to pursue hobbies
and travel. For Darel Allwine, retirement from the U.S. Air
Force led to a new calling in wine.
Returning to his native Washington state after 20 years
traveling the globe for the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command,
including a stint in Germany where he first became interested
in wine after touring the Mosel and the Rheingau, Allwine
answered an ad for a cellar worker at Columbia Crest winery,
where he quickly rose through the ranks. After his first harvest
he was given the responsibility of overseeing all fermenting,
racking, topping, and bottling for the winery’s Reserve wine
program. Under Allwine’s care, the reserve program
at Columbia Crest grew from 100 barrels to over 2000 barrels.
The winery’s 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was also
ranked #1 on Wine Spectator’s annual list of the Top 100
wines of the world in 2009.
During this time, Allwine also met and began working with
Marcus Notaro, then red winemaker at Columbia Crest.
Both began working with Col Solare during the production
of the 2003 vintage. In 2006, the pair assumed full
responsibility for winemaking at Col Solare and oversaw
planting of the estate vineyard and construction of the
estate winery on Red Mountain, which opened for crush that
year. In 2012, Allwine and Notaro celebrated their 17th
harvest together in Washington state and their 8th on Red
Mountain. In 2013, Allwine was appointed winemaker for
Col Solare by the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates-Marchesi
Antinori partnership, after Notaro became winemaker for
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, the iconic Napa Valley Cabernet
Sauvignon producer, also a Ste. Michelle-Antinori joint venture.
Darel Allwine, Winemaker
At Col Solare, Allwine collaborates closely with Renzo Cotarella,
chief enologist for the Antinori estates in Italy, to bring their
collective expertise to bear on a shared vision – to craft
Washington State’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine
using fruit from the region’s best vineyards. As the Col Solare
estate vineyard has matured, the vision of the partners has
evolved to focus on the Cabernet Sauvignon of the renowned
Red Mountain appellation and, ultimately, the specific fruit
of their unique vineyard site. With the 2009 vintage, fruit
from the estate vineyard plays an important role in the
Col Solare blend for the first time and, beginning with the
2011 vintage, all future vintages of Col Solare will carry the
Red Mountain designation.
In addition to learning about and drinking new wines, Allwine is
an avid golfer who also enjoys participating in outdoor activities
with his family. He lives with his wife in Richland, Washington.