Photo gallery: Bud break on Washington’s Red Mountain

By on April 19, 2014

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Red Mountain bud break

Leaves push out of their buds Friday afternoon on Washington’s Red Mountain. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

RED MOUNTAIN, Wash. – The first signs of the 2014 vintage are emerging across Washington’s Columbia Valley, especially on Red Mountain in the eastern Yakima Valley.

Bud break typically happens about the first 10 days of April in Washington, and everything was right on track this year. A quick tour Friday of Red Mountain showed leaves and even the early stages of tiny clusters showing up on vines at Col Solare, Hedges, Red Heaven and Ciel du Cheval.

Following are a few photos we took Friday afternoon.

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

One Comment

  1. Richard Larsen

    April 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Andy, some of these photos are just outstanding! Thank you!!

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