Photo by Julia Hart
Côte Bonneville winemaker Kerry Shiels hopes her father, Dr. Hugh Shiels’ former medical offices, will become the newest spot for after work gatherings in Sunnyside. Saying every night is a good night for drinking wine, she particularly recommends Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Côte Bonneville tasting room in Sunnyside.
As of Thursday, March 19, 2015
Côte Bonneville winemaker Kerry Shiels believes Yakima Valley wines are among the best in the world.
A claim the Sunnyside native stands behind since she has traveled the world drinking and making wines where ever she has lived since leaving Sunnyside, following her high school graduation.
Today, the UC-Davis graduate and Côte Bonneville master winemaker is eager to step up to the microphone to tout Yakima Valley vineyards and wines far and wide.
Last month, Shiels, along with her parents, Dr. Hugh and Kathy Shiels, opened Côte Bonneville tasting room in Dr. Shiels’ former Sunnyside medical offices, 1412 E. Edison Ave.
“It’s a lot more fun to visit dad’s offices now,” she told the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary members Wednesday morning.
Saying the winery she works for is more about quality than quantity, she is very excited to have been featured twice in the regional wine magazine, Wine Spectator, as well as having her wines reviewed in a number of other respected wine making publications.
“I’m eager to tell people about the great wines made in the Yakima Valley, and I hope that will draw more tourists to the region,” she said.
Saying her family’s tasting room is ideally situated for local access to lodging and dining, she hopes to make available special event facilities inside the local tasting room for small group meetings.
Currently, Shiels is looking forward to bottling a 2013 Train Station Cabernet Sauvignon, which she will soon be pouring at the East Edison Avenue tasting room.
The Train Station wine label is in keeping with the names of her other wines, all of which honor her family’s heritage. The Côte Bonneville winery is named after her father’s childhood home. The DeBrul Vineyard, where the grapes used in Shiels’ wines are grown, is also named after a distant relative.
Shiels said her newest wine is named in honor of the opening of the Sunnyside tasting room, which has its own history.
The long, white building once served as a Burlington Northern train station in Grandview. It was moved to Sunnyside in the early 1980s by Shiels’ parents. The Shiels family had it remodeled and it served as her father’s orthopedic medical offices for many years.
“We are now remodeling it again to include a wine bar and meeting rooms with storage and space for my own office,” she said.
Shiels invites the community to visit the tasting room Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“After all, every night is a good night to sip a glass of wine,” she smiled.