About Red Mountain Pictures
Welcome to my view of Red Mountain - Washington State Wine Country's premier AVA! At least, many of us who live in the Tri-Cities, WA think so. So do quite a few wine drinkers, whether or not they realize it. Red Mountain is still better known by winemakers for its vineyards than by wine drinkers for its wineries. The wineries are catching up, though!
What does a non-wine-drinker (GASP!) have to show you about this area? A non-jargon-laced view of how pretty it is. It appears that over the next few years the number of tourists coming to take a look at Washington's Wine Country will probably grow - and pretty sharply, at that.
As the area develops to accommodate that influx, it'll be changing. New roads, new intersections, new freeway interchanges (there's already one on the boards) and on and on... almost certainly some kind of commercial development, too. And that will be fine - we need the services to support visitors.
The thing is that I like the way Red Mountain looks right now. And I thought others might, too, if they got a chance to see it. So here it is, just as it is now. Gorgeous sunsets, massive vineyards, some wineries and tasting rooms, and an incredible view of the lower Yakima Valley, featuring both the Horse Heaven Hills and Rattlesnake Ridge - both of which are home to well-respected AVAs of their own.
For the record, I don't pretend to be a professional photographer. I write copy, keep computer networks running, deal with internet marketing strategy and handle the bookkeeping for a graphic design firm that happens to be owned by my wife (see SaraNelsonDesign.Com for more information on that) and she, our staff Illustrator Herb Leonhard and our writer (that would be me) work on a number of wine labels from all over the country.
I also blog on KevinCole509.Com, have over 1400 pictures posted on Flickr , and am active on Twitter as KevinCole509. I also shoot a LOT of pictures of the Tri-Cities Cable Bridge, just because I think it looks cool, and I post them on TheCableBridge.Com just for fun.
In spare time I don't really have, I'm also a dad, a grandpa and a ham radio operator...and the last of those three is the only thing in that entire list that I had to take a test to prove my competence. (That still blows me away when I think about it...)
Sara and I have a number of friends on Red Mountain, a good number here in the Tri-Cities (where we live) and many more in the wine industry in other parts of Washington and around the country. You may, in the course of these picture, meet a few of them at some point. With that, please do enjoy the pictures...