Yesterday we flew from Seattle to Pasco, hopped a bus & immediately drove to Spring Valley Vineyards. This site is in a desolate part of eastern Washington set among steep rolling hills & surrounded by wheat fields. Serge showed us through different aged blocks of merlot & petit verdot. There is a stark contrast between vineyards here & elsewhere I've been. They are more vigorous, less clean & more wild, which I like. They could give a damn about how pretty the vineyards are as long as what they are doing out there equals good juice. Serge was open, honest & his passion was palpable.