America's other Cabernet – Red Mountain

Arial shot of Red Mountain by Richard Duval

Alder tells the fascinating story of how a tiny appellation in Washington state won its enviable reputation. His tasting notes on over 100 Red Mountain wines are also published today. Image above © Richard Duval Images. All pictures below by Kim Fetrow unless otherwise stated.

Admittedly, it sounds like the set-up for a joke: what do two nuclear engineers do for a good time outside of work? In the case of Jim Holmes and John Williams, the punchline goes something like this: after a less-than-successful experience trading stocks, their idea of fun was trying their hand at planting wine grapes...