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2020 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year

“The winery of the year is selected based on longevity, quality, reputation, industry involvement, facilities and other considerations.” -Wine Press Northwest. A winery can only win this award once in the lifetime of the winery. Any of the 2,000+ wineries in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia) are candidates for this honor provided they have not previously earned the distinction. 

The prestige of this award is best illustrated by the honor roll of producers that have been selected:

2020: Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston, Idaho
2019: Palencia Wine Co., Kennewick, Wash.
2018: Long Shadows Vintners, Walla Walla, Wash.
2017: Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, Roseburg, Ore.
2016: Walla Walla Vintners, Walla Walla, Wash
2015: Maryhill Winery, Goldendale, Wash.
2014: Stoller Family Estate, Dayton, Ore.
2013: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, Wash.
2012: Thurston Wolfe Winery, Prosser, Wash.
2011: Zerba Cellars, Milton-Freewater, Ore.
2010: Vin du Lac, Chelan, Wash.
2009: Wild Goose Vineyards, Okanagan Falls, British Columbia
2008: Dunham Cellars, Walla Walla, Wash.
2007: Elk Cove Vineyards, Gaston, Ore.
2006: Barnard Griffin, Richland, Wash.
2005: Ken Wright Cellars, Carlton, Ore.
2004: L’Ecole No. 41, Lowden, Wash.
2003: Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Summerland, British Columbia
2002: Columbia Crest, Paterson, Wash.

Thank you to all of our Enthusiast Club Members near and far! Your support made it possible for us to earn the distinction of Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. We share this honor with all of our grape growers. It is their hard work that allows us to make great wines. We are also honored to bring this award home to the Lewis-Clark Valley wine industry.

2015 Idaho Winery of the Year

Thank you to all our growers and wine lovers here in the valley for helping us be honored by Wine Press Northwest as 2015 Idaho Winery of the Year! Your support makes all the hard work worth it.

WSU Alumni Achievement Award

The Washington State University Alumni Association must appreciate a good glass of wine! Nicole “Coco” Umiker, co-owner and wine maker at Clearwater Canyon Cellars was honored for her nearly two decades of winemaking success in the Lewis-Clark Valley. She was honored for being part of bringing the Lewis-Clark Valley winemaking industry back to life.

Lewis-Clark Valley AVA Acceptance

Our beloved Lewis-Clark Valley is now an American Viticultural Area! What is an AVA? It’s a designation that allows us to put "Lewis-Clark Valley" on our labels, signaling that the valley is a recognized producer of wine from grapes grown here in our area. The quality of life and culture of our community will thrive as our wine industry grows here. This has been proven in similar communities here in the Northwest. This new chapter in our region beholds many wonderful and delicious opportunities. It only took 7 years, but we did it! We are now planted in the Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area.

Idaho Century Farm Designation

In 2016 the Nichols Family Farm, the fruitful vineyard that makes Clearwater Canyon Cellars possible, was named an official Idaho century farm by the Idaho Historical Society. The land was originally owned by Coco Umiker’s late grandfather, Ralph E. Nichols.

Surviving Ovarian Cancer at Age 11

Coco Umiker, our fearless and passionate winemaker has released a numerous hits with wines going gold and platinum at major West Coast competitions. And yet the wine world nearly lost Umiker two decades ago to ovarian cancer, years before she began learning how to make award-winning wine at Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston.

Accolades

ALBARIÑO

  • 2017 Albariño

    Gold, Sip Northwest 'Best of the Northwest'

  • 2018 Albariño

    Judge's Pick, Sip Northwest 'Best of the Northwest'

ESTATE SYRAH

  • 2012 Estate Syrah

    Gold, Idaho Wine Competition

  • 2013 Estate Syrah

    #61, Great Northwest Wine's 'Top 100 Wines of 2015'

  • 2014 Estate Syrah

    Silver, TEXSOM International Wine Awards
    91 Points, Tasting Panel Magazine
    Outstanding!, Great Northwest Wine
    19/20 pts, Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines
    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
    Double Gold, Idaho Wine Competition

  • 2016 Estate Syrah

    Double Gold & 95 pts, SavorNW Wine Awards

  • 2017 Estate Syrah

    Judges' Selection Medal/Best Other US State Red, TEXSOM International Wine Awards

RENAISSANCE RED

  • 2012 Renaissance Red

    Gold, Idaho Wine Competition
    Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

  • 2016 Renaissance Red

    Gold, Cascadia International Wine Competition
    Gold & Best of Class, Idaho Wine Competition
    Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition
    Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

  • 2017 Renaissance Red

    Double Gold, Cascadia International Wine Competition
    Double Gold, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

MERLOT

  • 2012 Merlot

    Double Platinum & Best Merlot, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
    Double Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition
    #23, Great Northwest Wine's 'Top 100 Wines of 2014'

  • 2014 Merlot

    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

  • 2015 Merlot

    Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  • 2016 Merlot

    Judges' Pick, Sip Northwest 'Best of the Northwest'
    Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  • 2017 Merlot

    Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Competition
    Double Gold, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

LOUIS DELSOL CAB SAUV

  • 2016 Louis Delsol Cabernet Sauvignon

    Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Idaho Wine Competition
    Gold, Dan Berger International Wine Competition

  • 2017 Louis Delsol Cabernet Sauvignon

    Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Competition
    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

MALBEC

  • 2014 Malbec

    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
    Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Competition

  • 2015 Malbec

    18.5/20 pts, Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines
    Gold/91 pts, SavorNW Wine Awards

  • 2016 Malbec

    Judge's Pick, Sip Northwest 'Best of the Northwest'
    Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    18.5+/20 pts, Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines
    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

  • 2017 Malbec

    Double Gold & Best of Class, Great Northwest Invitational Competition
    Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Double Gold & 96 pts, SavorNW Wine Awards

THE WINE PROJECT

  • 2016 The Wine Project

    Gold & Best Petit Verdot Blend

  • 2017 The Wine Project

    Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Gold & 91 pts, SavorNW Wine Awards

CARMENÈRE

  • 2010 Carmenère

    Gold, Great Northwest Wine Competition

  • 2011 Carmenère

    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
    #84, Great Northwest Wine's 'Top 100 Wines of 2013'
    Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Gold, Idaho Wine Competition

  • 2012 Carmenère

    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
    Gold, Idaho Wine Competition
    Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition
    #24, The Seattle Times 'Top 50 Regional Wines of 2014'

  • 2013 Carmenère

    Double Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
    Gold, Idaho Wine Competition

  • 2014 Carmenère

    Double Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
    Double Gold, Idaho Wine Competition
    #11, The Seattle Times 'Top 50 Regional Wines of 2016'
    Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  • 2015 Carmenère

    Double Gold, Idaho Wine Competition
    Double Gold, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

  • 2016 Carmenère

    Platinum, Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
    Gold, SavorNW Wine Awards
    19/20 pts, Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines
    Gold, Cascadia International Wine Competition

  • 2017 Carmenère

    Platinum, Wine Press Northwest Annual Platinum Judging
    #3, The Seattle Times 'Top 25 Regional Wines of 2019'
    Double Gold, Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition
    Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition

SELWAY

  • 2010 Selway

    Double Gold, Wine Press Northwest Annual Platinum Judging

  • 2013 Selway

    Platinum, Wine Press Northwest Annual Platinum Judging
    Double Gold & 97 pts, San Francisco International Wine Competition
    19/20 pts, Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines

  • 2014 Selway

    Platinum, Wine Press Northwest Annual Platinum Judging
    Double Gold, Cascadia International Wine Competition

PETITE SIRAH

  • 2014 Petite Sirah

    Platinum, Wine Press Northwest Annual Platinum Judging
    Gold, Cascadia Wine Competition

  • 2015 Petite Sirah

    Gold, Sip Northwest 'Best of the Northwest'
    Platinum, Wine Press Northwest Annual Platinum Judging

LOCHSA CHARDONNAY

  • 2017 Lochsa Chardonnay

    Double Gold & Best Chardonnay, Cascadia International Wine Competition