Clearwater Canyon Cellars Blog

Fall Release 2021

October 28, 2021

Fall Release has arrived at Clearwater Canyon Cellars, and we are excited to share our 8 new wines! Fall Release will be through two weekends, November 11th – November 14th and December 2nd – December 5th. There will be a special release in Boise held on November 18th as well!

Platinum /plat-i-num/: highest medal awarded in the PNW!

January 2, 2021

The Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging is the Super Bowl of Northwest wine competitions. Held at the end of each year, wines qualify for The Platinum Judging by earning a gold medal in a reputable regional, national or international wine competition during the yearlong run-up. It is an honor for a wine to even be invited to the Platinum Judging. At the Platinum Judging, leading wine professionals gather for the intense task of blind tasting through a delicious lineup to determine which wines are deserving of the coveted PLATINUM award. Over the course of several days, the judges observe, smell,…

Say ‘Sayonara!’ to Summer

September 22, 2020

Even though you can drink Albarino anytime (seriously, try it for breakfast with your Sunday lox & bagel), why not celebrate the end of this outrageously long summer by poppin’ a bottle of our 2019 Albarino and pairing it with some delicious fish tacos?! Simple Summer Fish TacosServes 3-4 people Prepping the fish2 lbs sturdy white fish (Cod works great, halibut even better!)1 Tablespoon vegetable or canola oil1 Tablespoon granulated garlic1 Tablespoon onion powder1 teaspoon salt½ teaspoon black pepper Insider Secret – We found this bottle of Smokey Oil Sauce at La Laguna Mexican restaurant in Joseph, OR and haven’t been able…

Enthusiast Club Curbside Dinner Experience

July 21, 2020

We invite all wine club members to join us for a Curbside Dining Experience August 1st, 2020! Those living in our local community can pickup (July 31st or August 1st) a ‘Curbside Dinner for Two’ at the winery along with our wine pairing suggestions and ZOOM link. On August 1st we plan to dress up in our ‘fancy clothes’, set a table in our yard, light candles and share this with anyone who wants to join via ZOOM! For those living far afield you can RSVP to (, we’ll send you the August 1st ZOOM link and recipes so that…

Selway Blending Trials

April 4, 2020

Blending trials have been consuming Coco’s days! To put a spin on things we made a video of us working on the 2018 Selway blend. We finally nailed it in the end but it took a few more trials like this one. Now you know how we do it and why Karl is so strong! Thank you everyone for supporting our curbside pickup and shipping services! Cheers! Coco

Gift cards for wine lovers!

December 7, 2019

‘Tis the season for giving!  Are you struggling to decide what to give to the wine loving person (or people) in your life for the upcoming holiday? Look no further!  Clearwater Canyon has gift cards that can be loaded with any dollar amount. Gift cards can be purchased by calling the winery (208-816-4679) or visiting the winery on any Friday or Saturday from 12-5pm and by appointment.  To schedule a time to come by outside of our weekend hours, call us at 208-816-4679.  Live out of town?  No problem!  Call us and we can arrange to mail it to you…

University of Idaho Magazine – Reviving the LC Valley Wine Industry!

August 8, 2019

The spring edition of the University of Idaho Magazine featured an article about Karl and me! We have a long history with the University of Idaho.  Karl completed his Master’s Degree in Soil Science in 2000 and stayed on as Soil Scientist for 11 years after graduate school. I completed two undergraduate degrees (Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry) at UofI that launched me into the PhD program at WSU immediately after. Our experiences at U of I fueled our entrepreneurial spirit! Go Vandals! Check out the full article.

100% Chance of Wine

July 3, 2019

Kristine Walls and her production team from KVEWTV in the Tri-Cities did this interview of Coco to promote our upcoming visit to the Lodge at Columbia Point in Richland, WA. They did a fantastic job of putting together images, footage and commentary. Click here to watch the interview, 100% Chance of Wine: Clearwater Canyon Cellars Come visit us and taste through a selection of our wines on July 4th and July 11th from 5-6;30 at the Lodge at Columbia Point located at 530 Columbia Point Dr, Richland, WA.

Heaps of Gold from The San Francisco Chronicle!

February 1, 2019

During the end-of-the year rush our wines received several truly remarkable accolades! Now that life has settled down we can begin sharing the great news! The first juicy morsels are the results from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! We came home with a whopping total of 4 double gold & gold medals! This is a heap of gold! Only 4 Pacific Northwest wineries earned 4 or more gold medals at The Chronicle: Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Walla Walla Vintners, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and A to Z Wineworks! The judges are a collection of 60 wine industry professionals that hail…

Sip Northwest Best of the Northwest Competition Results!

December 14, 2018

The results are in and we are proud to say team Clearwater Canyon Cellars did really well…2 gold metals and 2 judge’s picks! Sip Northwest is both a printed and online magazine that focuses exclusively on beverages. If you geek out on all the beautiful liquid assets (wine, craft beer, cider, cocktails, soda, mead, tea, coffee etc.) of the Pacific Northwest then you need to start reading this page turner. Sip Northwest runs one big competition, ‘Best of the Northwest’, each year. The structure of this competition is unique and has lured us back again this year to battle for…

WSU Alumni Achievement Award

WSU Alumni Achievement Award

March 13, 2018

In 2011, Nicole “Coco” Umiker was bestowed by the Washington State University Alumni Association its highest honor for outstanding achievement in the wine industry and commitment to the community and education. “Your successful winery and vineyard ventures are testaments to your exceptional work ethic, entrepreneurial courage, and intellectual curiosity. You are an inspiration to past, current, and future students. Additionally, your research and publications will help shape the future of viticulture and provide opportunities for further innovation. Your leadership and myriad contributions bring honor to your alma mater. For all that and much more, the WSUAA is honored to present…

King (or Queen) of Platinum!

January 6, 2018

Greetings, fellow wine lovers! We made the King of Platinum list (or Queen of Platinum in our case)! Coco is the first head female winemaker and first Idaho winemaker to accumulate 10 Platinum awards! A winery gets on the King of Platinum list once they receive 10 Platinum medals. Our 2014 Coco’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received a Platinum in the most recent judging, bringing our number of Platinum medals received to 10! The Platinum Judging is conducted by Wine Press Northwest every October. Wines are only invited if they had previously received a Gold or Double Gold medal in a…