Sky River Meads Earn ‘Best in Class’, Gold & Bronze at the 2011 West Coast Wine Competition

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Sky River Meadery, in the quiet town of Sultan WA, wins 3 impressive awards in the 2011 West Coast Wine Competition (WCWC). WCWC featured nearly 1100 entrants from the western United States; WA, OR, CA, HI, ID, NV, NM, MT, WY & CO, Baja California, New Zealand, Australia, South America & British Columbia. This is the 29th year of a competition whose mission is to award medals to outstanding wines. Robert Merletti, publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management, said "The quality of the entries was especially impressive this year, so any winery winning a medal should be truly proud". Sky River Mead won 3 of these medals.

Denice Ingalls, owner & winemaker of Sky River Meads response was "We couldn’t be happier, it’s an honor to be included on such a prestigious list of wines."

Judges included over 20 individuals ranging from sommeliers to restaurateurs & winemakers to wine writers representing a wide variety of preference and experience.

Sky River’s Semi-Sweet Mead was awarded a Gold medal, as well as, Best in Class. The Semi-Sweet is one of the true meads, meaning made completely from honey, created at Sky River Meads. A Bronze was also awarded to Sky River’s Raspberry Honey Wine, Sky River Meads newest offering.

Northwest Wine: Idaho’s Snake River Valley coming into its own

  • Written by Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, Wine Press Northwest

Let’s get this out of the way: No potato wine is made in Idaho.

The Gem State is famous for its potatoes, but thanks to the increasing quality of Idaho vintners, Idaho’s wine industry is growing in stature and size.

Just three years ago, Idaho had 32 wineries. That has grown to 43, and inquiries about starting wineries come to the Idaho Wine Commission in Boise on a weekly basis. Most of the wineries are in the Snake River Valley, primarily around Caldwell and Nampa.

About 1,600 acres of vineyards are in Idaho, primarily in the Caldwell-Nampa region. The largest vineyard, Skyline, is 450 acres and owned by Precept Wines in Seattle.

Idaho’s oldest and largest winery is Ste. Chapelle in Caldwell, which started in 1976 and is owned by Ascentia Wine Estates in California. Thanks to Ste. Chapelle, Riesling is the state’s largest variety, though Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also are important. Moya Shatz, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission, said Rhone varieties such as Syrah and Viognier grow extremely well in the Snake River Valley.

"I think that’s what we’ll be known for eventually," she said.

The Snake River Valley is high mountain desert, with elevations between 1,500 and 3,300 feet above sea level, much higher than other West Coast regions. This gives Idaho a distinct advantage, as warmer days and cooler nights help retain grapes’ important natural acidity and give resulting wines better balance. Shatz pointed out that while Idaho’s growing season is a little shorter than Washington’s, the Snake River Valley has few issues getting grapes ripe.

Woodinville Wine Country Elects New Board President

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Mike Stevens, managing partner of Brian Carter Cellars, is the newly elected president of Woodinville Wine Country, the association announced today. He was elected to the position by the association board following the resignation of Becky Snyder, co-owner of Hollywood Hill Vineyards.

Stevens will finish Snyder’s term as president, serving through December 2011. She resigned from the board earlier this month to accept a marketing position outside the wine industry. "Becky’s energy, leadership and passion for advancing Woodinville as a world class wine destination will be missed," said Stevens, who has served on the board with Snyder since both were elected in 2009. In a note to membership expressing appreciation for Snyder’s service, Stevens added, "We are fortunate Becky will remain active at Hollywood Hill Vineyards with her husband Steve and will continue to work with Woodinville Wine Country as time allows."

Happenings - May 23, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT - May 28th Barrel Tasting Event in the Warehouse District with food vendors, wine tasting & barrel samples.


Chateau Ste. Michelle - Memorial Day "Stay-cation" Event Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Convergence Zone Cellars - May 28, Noon-5:00 p.m. 19501 144th Ave. NE (Suite D-500) Join us as we open our barrels to sample our 2009 Red Mountain Storm Front and a selected 2010 red varietal.


vintage bothell wine walk- June 3rd | 5p-8p 425-485-4353 $20/person pre sale and $25/person at door - BYOG "Bring Your Own Glass"