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Northwest Media! Thank you for our beautiful website!

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!


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Holiday Open House at Clearwater Canyon Cellars



– Friday, Dec. 14th, 5-8pm

– Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 15th & 16th, 1-5pm



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 release four new

photographs from the collection that include white grapes. (more details below).


– Furniture and wine racks made from retired Clearwater Canyon barrels!


– Holiday wine gift baskets!


The winery will be dressed in holiday cheer! Come join us and give the gift of premier local wine for all the good ladies and gentlemen on your list!

More about Lynne and her amazing work…

Lynne is an award winning art photographer living in Lewiston, ID.  She has shown her work in many galleries and juried exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest. Her appreciation for all aspects of wine making has lead to collaboration with Coco and Karl to produce a photographic life story of the Umiker Vineyard.  Her work is ongoing as she captures the different stages in the vineyard‘s life cycle.

See you at the winery!

Cheers, Coco


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American Glass


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 brokers that I dealt with over the last year….

– Approximately 90% of the wine bottled in the US is in Chinese glass.

– Some importers of Chinese bottles will actually deliver the bottles to your door step free of shipping charges. (We paid huge shipping charges to get our glass here from the west coast).They must be able to do this due to the volume of Chinese glass being sold here.

Since our first vintage (2004) we have been buying glass from the two main domestic wine bottle producers on the west coast, Saint Gobain (Seattle, WA) and Gallo Glass Company (Modesto, CA). Both companies are transparent in terms of their processing and commitment to our environment, something I have not experienced thus far with the glass producers abroad that I have been introduced to.

I care about clean processing and corporate transparency because the people I love most are drinking our wine. The wines we will be releasing this September at our Fall Release were bottled in Gallo Glass. See below to learn more about the Gallo Glass Company.




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Uncorked at the Boardwalk

Join us for “Uncorked at the Boardwalk”, an evening of live Jazz & Clearwater Canyon Cellars wine this Saturday (June, 30th) from 4-7 at the Boardwalk Marina in Coeur d’alene. Come enjoy the fruits of our labors!  The weather is going to be perfect! Follow this link to learn more about the boardwalk marina bar…

If you can’t make it to the boardwalk…you can visit Karl and stay cool at the winery this Saturday from 1-5pm.

Cheers! Coco

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Wine writer recommends Clearwater Canyon

We participated in Savor Idaho on June 10th. About 1,000 people tasted wine from 28 Idaho wineries and nibbled on gourmet food prepared by Boise area restaurants. We had the opportunity to dine (at Fork in Boise) with Ben Weinberg prior to the event. Ben is a well traveled wine writer and recommended two of our wines to his blog readers! Click here to read what Ben wrote about us and to get a good laugh at the picture he posted of me slurping and swirling our wine! Can’t take me anywhere!

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Seasons Bistro!

If you’re looking for some really unique and tasty food in a cozy atmosphere you need to check-out Seasons Bistro! They just added our 2009 Cab Franc, Merlot, Renaissance Red, and Malbec to their wine list. Tina Poe (chef/owner) tasted our wines the other day and got so excited/inspired she planned a wine pairing dinner with Clearwater Canyon Cellars wines for EVERY course! The dinner is June 13 and it is already filling fast! Go to their webpage for reservations and more info (

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Clearwater Canyon Cellars wine is now available at River Dance Lodge in Syringa Idaho.

This is a great stop if you are driving between Missoula Montana and Lewiston. Great food and a compelling wine list ….yup it is a must do…sip Clearwater Canyon Cellars Lochsa at the Lodge after a long day on the Lochsa! Peter Grubb, the owner, is a real wine lover. I took this picture of Peter in front of one of the cabins (COMPLETE WITH HOT TUB). Can you see the wine stains on his teeth? He seemed to really like our Cab Franc 😉 Check them out at


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May in the Umiker Vineyard – Video


Watch ‘May in the Umiker Vineyard’! Click on the picture below.

The vines are growing fast now! The inflorescences (clusters of flowers) have formed which will soon bloom and become grape clusters. Our 2010 planting of Chardonnay is producing its first crop! Check in on our kids…we have propagated our Syrah and Viognier and they are soon to join their family in the vineyard.