Ron and Susan Bunnell are the proprietors of The Bunnell Family Cellar, RiverAerie wines and Wine O'Clock Wine Bar and Bistro
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Retail Sales, Restaurant / Food
Hours of Operation
Wine O'Clock open for tasting Wednesday - Sunday, noon-5pm. Bistro Summer hours: Fri.-Sat. noon-9pm, Wed., Thurs, and Sunday, noon-8pm Bistro Winter hours: Fri.-Sat. noon-8pm, Wed., Thurs, and Sunday, noon-7pm
Open to the Public
Yearly Production (in cases)
Three generations share life at RiverAerie, our herb farm on the Yakima River. Our small family wine cellar is buried in the hillside adjacent to our first lavender plot. The underground barrel chai provides the constant temperature necessary to age our fine handmade wines. Winemaker Ron Bunnell specializes in vineyard designated Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Rhone style blends.
We produce two distinct lines of wines. "Vins de l'endroit" or "wines of a place" are wines from exceptional sites including the Horse Heaven Hills appellation, Boushey-McPherson Vineyard, Milbrandt-Clifton Hill Vineyard, and Stonetree Vineyard.
Our second line we call "vins de l'esprit". These wines of the imagination or creative spirit allow our winemaker free reign to explore artistic expression through blending. "Vins de l'esprit" are proprietary blends of classic vinifera grape varieties but not necessarily traditional blends.
Fine food, horticulture and visual arts are family passions. Paula Mauldin, our resident artist and grandmother, creates the drawings which enliven our wine labels. Susan Bunnell is the proprietor of Wine O'Clock Wine Bar & Bistro and Lavenderthyme, the herb farm at RiverAerie. Together with Chef Laurie Kennedy, Susan creates artisan dishes paired with our wines. She is always happy to share her knowledge of herb cultivation and herbs' myriad uses.