Clearwater Canyon Cellars Blog

Great Scott! TWO of our wines made Great Northwest Wine’s ‘Top 100 Wines of 2015’!

January 13, 2016

Our 2013 Phinny Hill Carmenérè came in at No. 45 and was the highest rated Carmenérè in the Northwest this year!  This wine also received a coveted Platinum Award by Wine Press Northwest and placed No. 46 on the Seattle Times ‘Top 50 Wines of 2015’.  This was the third year in a row our Carmenérè has taken home a Platinum and ‘Top 100’ rating and second year it has been on the Seattle Times ‘Top 50’.  We blended in 11% Malbec from Verhey Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, rounding out the mouth feel with chewy tannins, cinnamon spice,…

Featured Artists at the Winery

September 2, 2014

Jason Goldammer & Lynne Guillot will exhibit photographs from their collections during our upcoming Fall Release. Jason Goldammer Jason has been a professional video producer and photographer in Lewiston, Idaho for more than 20 years.  He has earned 4 Telly Awards and 3 Aurora Awards including Best of Show for his work on “From This Corner”; the story of LCSC’s Center for Arts and History building, originally known as the Vollmer building.  His other award winning works include a series of videos documenting 4 of the 6 Native American Tribes in Idaho.  Jason has also expanded his love for the…

We’re Topping the Charts!

July 5, 2014

Great Northwest Wines recently evaluated 4 of our newly released wines with a blind panel of experts. We are pleased to share that all 4 wines received glowing reviews! 2012 Merlot and 2012 Malbec received the highest rating of ‘Outstanding’! 2013 Lochsa received a ‘Best Buy’rating! 2012 Carmenere received their second highest rating of ‘Excellent’! Along with ratings they published detailed tasting notes at

Clearwater Canyon Baskets for Mother’s Day or any occasion!

May 7, 2014

Gift baskets filled with Clearwater Canyon Cellars wine and goodies for Mother’s Day or any occasion are now available! The items we use for baskets have primary functions that loved ones will continue to enjoy for days to come! For example some of our baskets are actually flower pots, serving trays, and grill grates to name a few! We can deliver anywhere in the LC Valley for $5! Shipping is also available. If you’re interested contact us via email, phone or just stop by the winery on a Saturday! Let us know if you have something special in mind as we…

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for CASA

February 8, 2014

 Feb. 14th 5:00-8:00pm at the winery! Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children Fundraiser Come share a fun-filled evening of wine, food and friends with us! Bring your Valentine or we can be your Valentine. With a $25.00 donation to CASA you will have the opportunity to taste several of our newly released wines while enjoying hors d’oeuvores and live entertainment. The first 100 people through the door will receive a commemorative wine glass. We recommend purchasing tickets prior to the event from CASA (208-746-3378) or you can purchase tickets at the door as well. CASA will receive 100% of the donations…

‘Platinum’ and ‘Double Gold’ @ Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging!

January 1, 2014

  2011 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carmenère won ‘Platinum’! 2010 Selway won ‘Double Gold’! This is a best of the best judging. Only gold medal winning wines from specific international, national, and regional wine competitions and Wine Press Northwest’s own peer-group blind judgings are eligible to enter the Platinum Competition. This year 634 gold medal winning wines were judged for platinum status and only 151 made Platinum and about 250 were awarded ‘Double Gold’. We were really intimidated by this unique varietal when we made our first Carmenere in 2006. Since then we have found our style and confidence and fallen…

Top 100 Wines of 2013!

January 1, 2014

  2011 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carmenère has been selected as one of Great Northwest Wine’s top 100 wines of 2013! Great Northwest Wine 5,000+ wines from across Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and British Columbia this year as part of the many wine competitions they organize across the Pacific Northwest. Their competitions are always blind. The ‘TOP 100’ are the 100 best wines they tasted in 2013 under blind conditions. Karl and I did a ‘happy dance’ when we learned the news. There are so many wonderful wines being produced in the Pacific Northwest. It is thrilling to see one of ours…

Fall Release 2013!

September 10, 2013

Join us for our Fall Release of new wines. We’ll debut our 2011 Renaissance Red, 2011 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carmenere, and 2011 Umiker Vineyard Syrah. Doors will be open: September 13th, Friday from 3-8pm September 14th, Saturday from 12-5pm September 15th, Sunday from 12-5pm  

Northwest Media! Thank you for our beautiful website!

January 25, 2013

Explore our new website! Special features include E-COMMERCE, BLOG, EVENTS, WINE stats and tasting notes, HISTORY of winemaking in the Lewis Clark Valley and more! Go check it out and see for yourself! Now that we have survived the dreaded ‘end of the year paper work’ we will be posting with greater frequency! Stay tuned, many exciting CCCellars happenings to report! I don’t want to give it all away at once though! Drive by Northwest Media to see their big, beautiful window display illustrating their great work on our website! Thank you Michelle Witthaus, Patrick Brown-Hayes, Jenny Purington, and Sara Morrow!…

Holiday Open House at Clearwater Canyon Cellars

November 26, 2012

  Time: – Friday, Dec. 14th, 5-8pm – Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 15th & 16th, 1-5pm   Highlights: – Releasing our 2010 Verhey Vineyard Syrah! Only 67 cases produced. This is a rich, jammy, and complex wine perfect for those cold evenings ahead.   – This may be your last chance to purchase some of your favorite wines such as the 2011 Sweet Return, 2009 Merlot, and 2009 Cab Franc. These wines are almost sold out!   – Lynne Guillot will exhibit photographs from her “In the Vineyard” collection that showcases the Umiker Vineyard. For the Holiday Tasting, she will…

American Glass

August 18, 2012

  Have you ever wondered where wine bottles are made? We bottle all Clearwater Canyon Cellars wines in American made glass as part of our commitment to buying local and keeping our money where our life is. Surprisingly, the vast majority of US wineries are bottling in glass made outside the US, mainly China. I have always been aware that we pay more for American glass (almost two times as expensive as Chinese glass) but I had no idea until recently that Clearwater Canyon is such an outlier due to our choosing to buy American glass. According to several glass…

We are rock stars!

August 6, 2012

  Ronald Holden says we are ROCK STAR winemakers! See his article in Crosscut by clicking HERE.