ANYONE PAYING attention to the Washington wine scene for the past quarter-century knows Chris Upchurch of DeLille Cellars is one of our best and most creative winemakers.

Now he is gaining acclaim for his side gig: Upchurch Vineyard.

The roots of this 600-case project go back to 2007, when Upchurch purchased 18.5 acres of virgin land on Red Mountain and hired famed grape grower Dick Boushey to plant and manage his grapes.

The vineyard is on a plateau on the southern tip of Red Mountain, an area with grapes that reveal a more graceful aspect than the usual power found elsewhere on Red Mountain. The vineyard is planted to 90 percent cabernet sauvignon and 10 percent merlot>>>read entire article on Seattle Times