Woodinville Wineries: Fidélitas

October 27, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fidelitas winery This post is a continuation of the series about my winery experiences in Woodinville, Washington. Here are the links for the first four posts – introduction, Elevation CellarsPondera Winery, Des Voigne Cellars, Sparkman Cellars and Guardian Cellars.

… and I arrived at a small shopping plaza (also known as strip mall in some part of US), only with wineries instead of shops. I decided to start with Fidélitas, which had a bright and shiny sign and was one of the two wineries recommended by Randy at Sparkman cellars. The tasting room was similarly busy (not!) as all the previous ones – a few people at the counter, and that is about it. I introduced myself to the girl at the counter, explained that I’m a blogger and asked if I can have a complementary tasting (the exact same thing which I did at 5 previous wineries). The reaction on girl’s face was rather resembling a consequences of an unexpected bite into a lemon. She was equally not moved with my business card (no, I was not expecting a bow or applause, but at least may be a mild interest I had at the other wineries?), and she sternly explained that free tasting is granted only to visiting winemakers; she will do it for me, but only as a big exception, and if I will come again, it will not be free anymore (please understand – we are talking about ten dollars).

I think this “warm welcome” affected the way I perceived the wines. Randy mentioned that Fidelitas makes big wines – and while the wines were good, they were not the big wines I was expecting. Here is what I tasted:

2013 Fidelitas Klipsum Vineyard Semillon Red Mountain – Nice, clean fruit, sweet nose, dry on the palate. Drinkability: 7

2011 Fidelitas Malbec Columbia Valley – cut through acidity, a food wine. Drinkability: 7

2011 Fidelitas Boushey Vineyard Red Wine Yakima Valley (48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc) – Excellent, clean, Bordeaux style. Drinkability: 8-

Fidelitas wines

2010 Fidelitas Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain (92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Verdot) – powerful over the top tannins, clean and round, Bordeaux style. Drinkability: 7+

2010 Fidelitas Champoux Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills – forthcoming tannins, nice, good acidity. Drinkability: 7+

I spent less than 15 minutes at Fidelitas. After a leisurely 15 seconds walk,  I arrived at my last winery of the day, Mark Ryan. I opened the door and walked towards the tasting counter, only to find out that…

To be continued…


  1. October 27, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Not really warm and fuzzy at Fidelitas. Hmmm…. well that would have soured me also. Look forward to the next installment. BTW, congrats on winning the writing challenge.

    • talkavino
      October 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you Suzanne! Yes, the experience was strangely different at Fidelitas – it doesn’t take away from the overall great experience in Woodinville.

  2. October 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    First impressions… Wow, someone/someplace needs to rethink their hospitality training!

    • talkavino
      October 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Yeah…In today’s day and age, I don’t think I asked for anything out of line – I understand that winery is a business, but in the end of the day I’m offering to spread to word, which has value…

  3. Mrsugarbears
    October 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Looking forward to hearing more. Hopefully you’ll receive a better greeting at the next winery. I mean how many bloggers must she meet?

    • talkavino
      October 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Don’t know how many bloggers she met before, but the people at the other 6 wineries within 5 miles radius had no issues understanding what blogging is. I’m sure she didn’t live in the cave, and it didn’t sound like it was her first day at the winery either 🙂 Yes, the next winery was much better 🙂

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