Clearwater Canyon Cellars Blog

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.    

We are on the Radio!

July 6, 2012

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

Uncorked at the Boardwalk

June 29, 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… 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

Wine writer recommends Clearwater Canyon

June 18, 2012

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!

Seasons Bistro!

June 6, 2012

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 ( Download menu