Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Late Summer in the Valley

"Late Summer in the Valley" 9x11 oil on panel, ©Laura Gable
Just up the road from where I live in eastern Washington, near the small town of Benton City, lies the active Red Mountain Viticulture region. On the flanks of this small mountain's fertile hillsides is a proliferation of vineyards: some dating back to the mid 70's. Many new vineyards are currently forming with their many tasting rooms of various ages and stages of completion. This view was painted from the back side of Taptiel Vineyard -- across the valley with Benton City and the Yakima River's treed banks below, and the Horse Heaven hills as a back drop (Red Mountain is behind me). Very generous folks who own the place and reside there, and wine that is quite good -- definitely worth a visit.

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