Sunday, May 6, 2012

14 Hands

Sometimes I wish I had 14 hands! What I did find recently was a delicious red wine called "14 Hands". I had this in my wine rack and cracked it open after scraping wallpaper for hours with my sister - she loved it too!  

In honor of yesterday's Kentucky Derby I thought I'd share one of my most recent finds "Hot to Trot" and a favorite!  Also, I'm not a gambler, but one of the people I work with is always running pools, so I handed over $20.00, left work forgetting to find out who I had, and my horse won!!!  My horse's name "I'll Have Another"  LOL!!!

14 Hands is one of Washington state's best kept secrets! As advertised on their website, the inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. 

These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high - a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then (it took me a moment to connect the name of the wine and the horses) would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world.

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds our vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

I love the history behind this wine and I wonder if any of those wild horses roam about today.   If you try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

If you're lucky enough to receive wine through the mail, you can order on-line.  Also, here's another wine website that offers "specials" throughout the day!  WTSO (Wines Till Sold Out)

*I have not been compensated by this company, I just like their wine!

"Unbridled Spirit Discover Washington’s Best Kept Secret." 14 Hands Winery : Unbridled Freedom. Web. 06 May 2012. .


  1. The Kentucky Derby is big, big, BIG news here in Canada today because "I'll Have Another" is a Canadian horse. And the jockey, although born in Mexico, rides at the Vancouver track.

  2. I was sold on the wine just by the label!! Good to have your review. Alas, the Derby pie was not good enough to post.

  3. stripping wallpaper is the worst. I love wine and I have never heard of this wine. congrats on your win.

  4. I always love to receive a wine recommendation. I will be asking my wine guy to find it for me. Congratulations on your win. I usually have a favorite, but really didn't have one this year. I loved seeing "I'll Have Another" break loose; the emotion of the jockey brought tears to my eyes. Have a wonderful week. Bonnie

  5. I love the whole story behind the wine name. I cant wait to try this. Its always nice to have a good recommendation.

  6. Good Morning...
    You've been so busy.
    I hate scraping off wall paper :)

    Congratulations on your win.

    I don't drink.... but I'm glad that you found something that you like .
    I love whenever I find a new product that I like.
    Usually, it's a home-cleaning recipe that works like a charm~~LOL!

    Warm wishes..

  7. What a great story! Congratulations on winning too!

  8. Interesting to find out about the wine name, thank you for telling us about it.

  9. Love the story and congratulations! wonder if I can find this special wine up here; worth a look.

  10. the wine sounds wonderful, always willing to try a new wine! yum! congrats on your win horse win also! enjoy your day mary!!

  11. This was such an interesting post, Mary. I like to enjoy a glass of a good red wine with dinner, and this one sounds like one I'd like to try!

    I'm glad your hose won! Wonderful name he had and he must have brought quite a few people luck :)

  12. Congratulations on winning the pool! Now you can buy a few more bottles of wine ;) I love the name of this one!

  13. What a great story and congratulations on the win! More wine?

  14. I love to hear about a good wine...we drink a glass just about every night with dinner. Thanks for the info on this one, it sounds like one we would enjoy!

  15. I think Washington state wines are still a best kept secret. I have never had a wine from Washington state that I did not enjoy- 14 hands look like it would make for an enjoyable drinking wine. Thanks for sharing.


  16. Scraping wall paper can be a really tough job. Wine is the perfect remedy at the end of the day. And congratulations, aren't you the lucky one!

  17. What a neat post, Mary! My horse lost ... Bodemeister and so did my second choice Union Rags, but it sure was fun to gather round the TV with friends and sing Old Kentucky Home, drink mint juleps, and eat smoked ribs and the fixings! It was a fun Derby party!

    As for your wine, I'm always on the look-out for a new wine to try, so thank you for your review! the history of the name is so interesting too!

  18. As I recall from my riding days, 14 hands marks the division between a horse and a pony.. under it is a pony, over a horse...


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