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.
Ronald Holden says we are ROCK STAR winemakers! See his article in Crosscut by clicking HERE.
Our first radio ad! This ad will be playing on pacific empire radio’s 101.5 atation broadcasting to the Lewis Clark Valley and surrounding area. Click the link below to listen!
Clearwater Canyon Cellars radio ad 7_6_2012
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… http://www.cdaresort.com/dining_nightlife/boardwalk_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.
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!
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 (http://www.seasonsbistroandcatering.com/).
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 http://www.riverdancelodge.com
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.
Tasting the first ever Lewis-Clark Valley grown Carmenere with the the proud growers of the ‘Near Eden Vineyard’. I got lost in the nose of this wine…big pepper and floral aromas..there isn’t much of it making it that much more special!
April is here! We are finishing our yearly job of pruning the vines. This is a picture of what we call a two-bud-spur. The light brown wood of this spur was produced during the 2011 growing season and it is the buds on this ‘new wood’ that bear fruit.