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The Ups And Downs Of Wine Making

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BENTON CITY, Wash.- The strength of Washington's wine industry continues to grow, but for some wine makers, achieving their dreams can be a challenge.

"We were actually in Walla Walla and we were drinking a lovely glass of Cabernet," explained Stacie Hamilton. "I remember it specifically to this day, standing out on a balcony looking out at the vineyard and it was just so peaceful and we turned to each other at the same time we said let's do this."

Stacie Hamilton and her husband Russ are the Hamilton's of Hamilton cellars. Wine lovers turned winery owners; they've had their struggles and successes.

They were a week away from excavating on new land in West Richland when they got a call from the city that they were trespassing. The land actually belonged to the Bureau of Land Management. But now with the recent purchase of land on Red Mountain, the Hamiltons are on their way to developing a winery located in one of Washington's prime wine grape growing spots.

"They're the most sought after of all the Washington State wine grapes that are grown," said Kim Shugart, the Senior V.P. at the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau. "We're very very pleased to see some of the advancements that are taking place on Red Mountain."

As for Hamilton, she's just excited to get going with their new location and not looking to stop any time soon.

"We've just been really blessed with this industry," she said. "It's lovely and it's a great way to retire and I can't see that we'll ever retire from this."

The Hamilton's will have one season of cherries for cherry wine before tearing out the orchard and planting some Red Mountain grapes.

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