' Ambassador Wines of Washington - Sarah Goedhart
Red Mountain
Benton City, WA
Tasting Room
Woodinville, WA


 Wed. June 14th
7:30pm - 10pm

Come laugh with friends and a glass of Ambassador Wine in our Woodinville tasting room. Tickets are $25 and include a glass of wine.
This is a fun way to share wine and laugh.
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Sarah Goedhart - Winemaker

Sarah was born in Buenos Aires and spent her early years travelling the globe with her family. In 1986 her parents settled in Seattle to start Hedges Cellars. A vineyard was planted in 1990 in Eastern Washington, Red Mountain area. In the summer Sarah along with her brother Christophe, worked in the vineyard and in later years at the new winery built on that same location. Sarah’s love for the industry soon would turn into a career choice. She attended the University of San Diego and graduated with a degree in business and philosophy. She later attended UC Santa Barbara to study chemistry and at the same time worked for Santa Barbara winery managing the tasting room and helping with Harvest. From 2003 to 2005 she worked for Preston Vineyards in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, doing wine production work.

In 2005, she decided to move back home and start working for the family winery. She joined the winery full-time in 2006 as Assistant Winemaker. She recently finished a two-year certificate course in enology from Washington State University.

Sarah and her husband, Brent Goedhart own the small Red Mountain winery, Goedhart Family. Brent has a certificate degree in viticulture from Washington State University and also worked at Santa Barbara Winery and Preston Vineyards to learn the art of winemaking. They live on Red Mountain with their young sons Lucas and Trevor. 

ambassador winery tom rinaldi Tom Rinaldi - Consulting Winemaker
Throughout his three decades of Napa Valley winemaking, Tom Rinaldi has remained thrilled that his life's work involves creating something beautiful to share with others.  Rinaldi has made wine at some of the valley's most  important wineries, apprenticing at Freemark Abbey, Rutherford Hill and Round Hill before joining Dan and Margaret Duckhorn to help found Duckhorn Vineyards in 1978.  There, for two decades, he established himself as one of Napa Valley's premier fashioners of elegantly classic Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots.  He recently retired as Director of Winemaking at Provenance and Hewitt where he earned the Wine Spectators #4 wine in the world for the 2010 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon in 2013.  He has been the consulting winemaker for Ambassador Wines of Washington since 2012.

Rinaldi says that Cabernet Sauvignon is both the most challenging and the most rewarding of wines.  "The winemaker is the maestro with Cabernet," he explains. "I have such an opportunity to mold the wine, to produce something from the heart.  With Pinot Noir, there's no chance to blend. But with Cabernet you get to add something here, take away something there.  Look, I've been given a blank canvas, the greatest paint box in the world to work with and the artistic freedom to put my experience to good use.  What could be more fun?"

Rinaldi manages to have fun doing other things once in a while, however.  For example, he enjoys meeting every month or so to taste wine with other longtime Napa Valley winemakers.  They discuss vineyards, winemaking methods, industry trends and what they like and don't like about the wines they taste.  In his spare time, he cycles and flies gliders.


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