In a way, Tom Hedges backed into winemaking. It was the 1980s and he was marketing American wine in Taiwan. Next, he sold an American Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend he’d purchased to the Swedish government. From there, it was not long until he and his French-born wife, Anne-Marie, thought about making their own wine. To start, they bought 50 acres on the southwest slope of Red Mountain in his native state of Washington; nothing had ever been planted on it. Today, the Hedges Family Estate is celebrating its 25th vintage of wines made from grapes grown on their now 125 acres of Red Mountain. Daughter Sarah is the winemaker. Son Christophe is general manager and director of sales. It is, as its name says, a family affair.
Considering the grapes their vineyards are best suited to grow, the Hedges specialize in red wine, their acreage planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with some Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. With 40 percent of the vineyards already certified biodynamic, the remainder are currently being switched to that method. As the family often says, they are farmers first, winemakers second. They believe a wine must express the land on which its grapes grew. Capturing the terroir, they say.
The winery’s flagship wine, Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain ($30), combines all five varieties grown on the estate. Its 2012 vintage, composed of 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, is the current release. A dark-shaded wine with an intense, forward nose and a lively taste that speaks of its grape base, it should age well and long.
There are older vintages of Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain also on the market, among them the 2007 vintage ($35). On a base of 55.6 percent Merlot and with eight years of age, it is a wine of finesse with the aroma of a much younger wine and still a touch of tannin in its finish. Some markets offer still older vintages.
Hedges’ newest and top-of-the-line wine is La Haute Cuvée 2012 ($175 for a magnum). From 100 percent biodynamically grown Cabernet Sauvignon, it presents an intriguing, rich varietal character and delicious fruit.
An added compliment to Hedges wines: Their alcohol content sits between 13.4 and 14 percent, the better to enjoy their more elusive and subtle qualities, often masked in higher-alcohol wines.
On Location Experiences makes it easy for travelers to head to London or Mexico City for upcoming NFL games. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosts the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders Oct. 6, and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 13; Wembley Stadium hosts the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams Oct. 27, and the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 3; and Estadio Azteca hosts the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers Nov. 18.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.