Thursday, April 17, 2014

We will be participating in the upcoming OSO NEEDS CASH event on Tuesday, April 22 to help raise money for the victims of the Oso, WA mudslide. The event will take place at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Attendees will sip wine from a selection of top Washington wineries, enjoy a bite to eat from participating restaurants, and will have the opportunity to bid on auction items.  Bruce Pavitt, founder of Sub Pop Records, will also be on hand spinning records.

We will be pouring our 2011 Columbia Valley Merlot and our 2003 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon. All proceeds from the event will go directly to United Way of Snohomish County. They were chosen because they have committed to giving 100% of the funds directly to families in the area. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased through Tom Douglas' website.  If you can't make it but still want to contribute, you can buy a ticket that will be given to a culinary student from one of the local community colleges.

This wine tasting fundraiser was created by Seattle chef Tom Douglas and winemaker Charles Smith. and in partnership with Ethan Stowell Restaurants and the Huxley Wallace Collective.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Come Kick Off Wine Tasting Season in Walla Walla with Us!

Join us this weekend for April Release, the unofficial kick-off to wine tasting season in the Walla Walla Valley. We'll be open 10am-5pm Friday, April 4th through Sunday, April 6th. We'll be pouring our new release of the 2011 Columbia Valley Merlot as well as our current releases, some of which can only be purchased in our tasting room. We will also be serving light appetizers. So come on by and enjoy the daffodils and sunshine! 

This weekend is also the first of a series of event weekends in the Valley. Feast Walla Walla is next up in April, followed by Spring Release the first weekend of May, and Celebrate Walla Walla in June. Check out the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance website for upcoming wine events and information about planning your trip to Walla Walla. We look forward to seeing you in the Valley soon!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

All About Nelms Road, +20% Off!

The Seattle Times recently published a nice article about our Nelms Road wines. The article highlights our philosophy and why making Nelms Road is so important to our overall winemaking program. These wines may be produced in larger quantities, may be more widely distributed and may be at a lower price point, but they adhere to the same standards of quality as our reserve wines. Check out The Seattle Times article by Andy Perdue for the full story on how this brand came to be.

Want to try the Nelms for yourself? Here’s your chance to purchase these wines at an awesome discounted price. We recently released our 2012 Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Nelms Road Merlot and are currently offering a 20% discount on these wines. Use code nelms2014 when checking out at our online store. There is no minimum order requirement, and we offer free shipping on purchases of six or more bottles of any of our wines. This promotion ends February 28th, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
Nelms Road screw cap

Also, keep your eyes open for some changes to the Nelms Road packaging. You’ll notice on our 2012 Nelms wines that we have moved to a screw cap instead of a cork. This decision was twofold – we can better guarantee a great product with no chance of cork taint, and we reduce our costs, which allows us to keep prices low for you. Stay tuned for a label redesign to be rolled out in the next couple years as well.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sagemoor Vineyards 2013 Wine Tasting

Each year after harvest, during the slow winter months, wineries and growers like to get together to taste the newest vintage of wine produced from their vineyard. Kent Waliser, General Manager, and Derek Way, Vineyard Manager, for Sagemoor Vineyards – which includes Sagemoor Farms, Bacchus Vineyards, Dionysus Vineyards, and Weinbau Vineyards – came by the winery to taste the 2013 wines with Kevin and Rick.

This is an enlightening exercise for both the winery and the vineyard. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the previous growing season, discuss any changes the winery or vineyard will be making in the coming growing season, and to taste the fruits of the previous year’s labor. Some vineyards host tastings where multiple wineries get together to share their wines and techniques, and others like Kent and Derek, stop by individual wineries to taste with the winemakers.

We tasted the Weinbau merlot, which goes into the Columbia Valley Merlot, and two blocks of cabernet sauvignon from Sagemoor, which go into Artist Series and Old Vines. The wines were showing very well, especially considering they are only three to four months old. Tasting these wines gives us a glimpse into what will come.

Monday, January 20, 2014

February for Foodies


During the month of February, indulge in tasty chocolates while exploring a flight of Woodward Canyon’s finest red wines ($15 non refundable). February's special tasting option will include three, two ounce pours, of Woodward Canyon's fine wines paired with three of Bright's Candies indulging chocolates. Treat your sweetheart this February and create an unforgettable experience at Woodward Canyon.
For more information, please contact the tasting room at (509) 525-4129.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Best of Class- San Francisco Chronical Wine Competition

"Walla Walla Valley icon Woodward Canyon of Lowden, Wash., earned best of class in the Chardonnay $40-and-over class for its 2012 Washington State Chardonnay ($44) — a particularly impressive showing among the entries from California.
“The biggest thing here is that we’ve never made the wine to win awards, but we’ve made it to be compatible with foods, and as a farmer, I’m also looking to respect the sense of place where the grapes came from,” said Rick Small, owner and founding winemaker." To read more about Woodward Canyon in the Washington Wine Tops San Francisco Chronicle Competition article, written by Andy Perdue, please click here.

Woodward Canyon's 2011 "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon won Double Gold and the 2010 Columbia Valley Merlot won Silver.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Rand Sealey Reviews

 2012 Woodward Canyon Estate Dolcetto, Walla Walla Valley ($26)
Fermented in stainless steel, this Dolcetto shows wonderful fruit. It displays a deep purplish color and aromas of blueberry, cherry and plum that jump out of the glass, with scents of black roses and anise. The young red fruit flavors are ripe and vibrant, intermixed with cocoa, mocha and earthy minerals. On the back, the fruits turn sweetish (“dolce”), yet dry, with notes of dried cherries and roasted nuts, followed by a squeeze of tart blueberry juice and a dusting of baking spices on the generous smooth tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.

2011 Woodward Canyon “20th Anniversary Artist’s Series” Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State ($59)
Composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot, this shows a deep ruby color and a rich nose of blackberry, cherry, cassis, and black olive, with scents of crushed roses, cigar box, juniper berries and sage. On the palate, the flavors are deliciously supple, yet deep cored, underlain with licorice, bittersweet chocolate, French roast and minerally earth. The back reveals squeezed berries, roasted nuts, mocha, kirsch liqueur and crème de cassis, followed by a fine balance of fruit acids, deft oak, and subtle spices on the lingering finish. 19+/20 points.

2010 Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley ($79)
This is an archetypal Walla Walla blend of 41% Merlot, 31% Petit Verdot, and 14% each of Cab Sauvignon and Cab Franc. It displays a deep crimson color and a seductive nose of blackberry, huckleberry, cherry and cassis with scents of crushed black roses, juniper berry, sweet pipe tobacco, and black violets. The flavors are as sensuous as the aromatics, with the lavish dark fruits interwoven with licorice, finely ground cocoa powder, French roast and loam and gravel earth. The back reveals gently squeezed fruits, kirsch liqueur, and touches of dried orange peel, toast, butternut and toffee, and integrated oak, followed by a seemingly endless fine grained tannin finish. 19.5/20 points.