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May 11, 2018 | DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars Announces Move to Former Redhook Brewery Site!


Kelly and Chris Sparkman, Founders of Sparkman Cellars, and Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch and CEO Tom Dugan of DeLille Cellars meet at the Redhook site. Both wineries will be moving to the former brewery.

Photo credit: Richard Duval

We are excited to announce that we will be moving our winery, tasting room, and offices to the iconic Redhook brewery building later this year.  This will mark the first time since 1998 that our retail and winemaking operations will all be under one roof, and we can’t wait to share our new world-class wine experiences with you.

The larger space and adjoining winemaking facility will provide for a variety of elevated experiences, including:
o Tours and tastings
o Private and reserve tastings (food and wine pairings, blending seminars, and library wine retrospectives)
o Enhanced space for Wine Club membership, including a rooftop deck
o Private tasting rooms and event spaces
o Outdoor seating

All current operations will remain open until the new space is ready, which should be open by Spring 2019. Our wine lounge in Kirkland, Maison DeLille, will continue to offer wine flights, glass pours and small bites to the Kirkland community indefinitely, and the DeLille Cellars Chateau will continue as a venue for weddings and private events. 

We can’t wait to share updates as we make progress on the space!

Read the Seattle Times Article >>>

Time Posted: May 11, 2018 at 10:54 AM
Keri Tawney
March 1, 2018 | Keri Tawney

It's Taste WA Wine Month!

Save $20 on Four Flags, Enjoy 10% off D2, Chaleur Blanc, and Signature Syrah all month long!

25 Years of Excellence

$20 off Four Flags!

Come and see us at the Carriage House or Maison DeLille!

Don't forget your Taste Washington to-go Tote special!

Mark your calendar, Spring Barrel is coming soon!

Don't miss three amazing Taste WA Wine Month Offers!
Offers are valid during March only.  Four Flags is a final offer price; no club or additional discounts.  Save 10% on D2, Chaleur Blanc and Signature Syrah; Wine Club add an additional 10% on top of your club discount. 
Built NY(R) Wine Tote includes D2 and Doyenne; Wine Club discount is applicable. 
Purchase at our locations in Woodinville or Kirkland, or online at
Only valid on new orders placed in March, 2018.  Only valid on current vintage 750mls.

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2018 at 10:10 AM
Chris Upchurch
March 1, 2018 | Chris Upchurch

The Story of Four Flags

A visit to Hermitage and four of Red Mountain's
most prestigious vineyards...

My time at Chave in Hermitage in 1997 showed me that you could blend plots of the same varietal to create a seamless wine, rather than blending different varietals as we do in many of our other wines.  I spent a day with Jean-Louis Chave. He has seven plots on Hermitage Hill and all seven have different soils and exposures. Each plot created a different wine even though they were the same varietal, Syrah. We took samples of all seven plots from one vintage and started blending them together. 

We carried this principle for blending plots of the same varietal with the crafting of our Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain AVA. One day in the cellar, we explored the idea of blending Cabernet from four of the best vineyards in Red Mountain. Could we put together a blend that would showcase the nuances of each vineyard in a seamless wine? The challenge was to build a wine where we could still distinguish the characteristics of each vineyard; where one doesn’t overrun the other.  It isn’t always achievable, but we found with Four Flags, it was, and our first vintage was in 2010.



Since our first vintage in 2010, Four Flags has received an average score of 95 points from Robert Parker, has been named the Seattle Times "Wine of the Year," and has received the Wine Enthusiast's Editors' Choice Award. 


Grand Ciel: Our Estate Vineyard: Grand Ciel demonstrates a seamless purity of Cabernet fruit with cassis and Herbes de Provence – what I like to call a “Cabernet popsicle.” If you love Cabernet you will love this vineyard.

Ciel du Cheval: Ciel du Cheval has much shallower soils and gives us minerality and “Pauillac” graphite flavors along with blueberry flavors.

Klipsun: Klipsun is at the bottom of the Red Mountain AVA and has deeper soils.  Klipsun fruit is very rich and ripe, creating concentrated wines with plum brandy nuances.

Upchurch: Upchurch Vineyard has a definite floral aspect to it, coming from clone 2 Cabernet Sauvignon, offering violets and faded roses along with rich fruit.





Time Posted: Mar 1, 2018 at 10:05 AM
DeLille Cellars
February 25, 2018 | DeLille Cellars

Butternut Squash Risotto with Black Truffles and D2


By Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch

Wine Pairing:
DeLille Cellars D2

This is a very cool dish because it is vegetarian, yet the cheese and truffles bump it up to a red wine pairing.  It is perfect with the DeLille Cellars Merlot-dominant D2.  For the carnivorous, add a short rib on top.  Vegetarian or not, everyone is happy.  Do not fear the truffle.  As with many things, they are available on the internet for most of year.  I like to shave them at the table to add to the experience.


½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
2 cups Arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine
Approx. 6 cups of hot vegetable stock
1 butternut squash, halved and baked in the oven with butter, then mashed like mashed potatoes
½ cup grated parmesan
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Medium to large black truffle


In a heavy saucepan, or wok, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and garlic, and sauté, stirring continuously until just softened for 3 to 4 minutes.  Add rice and continue to stir, using a wooden spoon, to coat the rice with the oil.

Add white wine and continue cooking, stirring often until it has been absorbed by the rice.  Pour in enough vegetable stock to cover the rice completely (approx. 3 cups), and continue to cook, stirring often until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Pour in 1 cup of additional vegetable stock, and stir/cook until it has been absorbed.  Repeat 2 more times.  With the last cup, stir until the rice is al dente, tender but still a little chewy (and most of the liquid has been absorbed).

Stir in the mashed squash, and reduce the heat to very low so that the risotto stops simmering.  Stir in the parmesan and butter to give the risotto a nice, creamy finish.

Spoon it immediately into heated shallow serving bowls. Sprinkle a little more Parmesan over it and shave the truffle on top.

Time Posted: Feb 25, 2018 at 9:16 AM
Keri Tawney
February 2, 2018 | Keri Tawney

Just D2 of Us ~ Valentine's Offers!


Share the Wine Love! #justD2ofus

Perfect Valentine's gifts to give or share! #justD2ofus

Time Posted: Feb 2, 2018 at 4:08 PM
DeLille Cellars
December 2, 2017 | DeLille Cellars

Happy Drink D2 Day - Favorite D2 Memory Contest!


THANK YOU TO ALL WHO VOTED in our favorite d2 memory contest! ENTRIES WERE Voted on ANONYMOUSLY by our staff - AND HERE ARE OUR WINNERS: 


First Prize Winner- Rick D. and Katherine D.    

It was 2001 when we first met and started dating. As in the beginning of all relationships, you spend time discovering each other, finding out the things that you have in common (and those things that you don't). One of our common pleasures, as it turned out, was drinking and enjoying wine. She had a fondness for wines from out of the country, while my loyalties lied more with local varieties, scattered with some Californian selections. It made for some fun sampling, each trying ones the other liked.

We had been together about 6 months and I still hadn't shared with her one of my very favorites, D2. To paraphrase an old Seinfeld episode, I wanted to make sure she was "D2 worthy". As I could have predicted, she fell in love with it from the very first taste.

Over the years, it became our identifier. Because both of our last names began with a "D", and because we often would bring a bottle to gatherings, we became the D2's. Our friends would address things to the D2's and we would sign responses the same.

As with any passion or collectable, it can become somewhat addicting to find new ways to share the "thirst" for the brand. Of course we like to buy and drink it, as we still have bottles of every year dating back to 2004. When we referred a new member to the DeLille wine club, our gift glasses were personalized "the Other D2". When the 20 anniversary bottle was released, Chris signed it "to the D2's". Very special for us.

 As it has been for all of these years, D2 is our house wine.

 - The D2's



I started working at El Gaucho Seattle when I was 18 years old. I knew from the second I walked in the door I wanted to be a server and work my way up from being a food runner. I was surrounded by tableside salads, flaming desserts, and an element I was absolutely not ready for: sommeliers. They would approach a table, work their magic, and voila they would emerge with a great wine to complement the guests experience. For years I heard the name "D2" thrown all about. Servers were saying it, bartenders were saying it, guests were asking for it. Finally one day I overheard a guest exclaim how divine the D2 was, so I did some investigating. Then came my birthday, and after being the youngest and only person in the restaurant under 21 everyone came out to celebrate my big day! After years of waiting, I was finally able to buy wine from the restaurant, and the first bottle would of course be DeLille's D2. It was mid-December, my boyfriend and I cozied around the fireplace with dinner, and I was buzzing with excitement! So excited that I couldn't even taste the first sip, but by the second I was in love. Its great working in an industry surrounded by wine, because I've been able to taste and drink so many wines with good dinners, and celebrations, but for me D2 holds an extra special place in my heart. It's where this journey of mine started and where it ended, with fantastic wine. Thank you DeLille!

#3-1 - Carrie Ann B.

Shortly after my husband, David, and I met in 2009, we drove to the Olympic Peninsula to hike Hurricane Ridge. Part of the hiking ritual was to bring along food and wine to share and on that particular day I put a bottle of D2 in the backpack.

It was a long drive from Issaquah so when we got there we were ready to stretch our legs and start the adventure in this breathtaking paradise. As we approached the summit, we noticed a trail meandering to the left through a field where marmots were whistling from their burrows. We decided to go that way and found ourselves at a clearing that overlooked a big canyon with the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the distance. It was the perfect picnic spot and we had it all to ourselves, or so we thought!

Not long after we settled in and were enjoying lunch and the D2, we heard a rustling in nearby trees and a young buck popped his head out and was looking at us! He was so close we could see the fuzz on his short antlers. As he slowly emerged from the forest, we were amazed not only at the buck's proximity and size, but also that he didn't seem afraid.

We stared at each other for awhile and then the deer slowly made his way along the tree line, never taking an eye off of us, before disappearing back into the forest. The experience made for a magical day that my husband and I still talk about today and D2 was part of it! 

My husband and I have hiked many trails in Washington, but this particular trip ranks at the top as does D2 and the rest of Delille's wines.


#3-2 - Jordan M.

I'm a server at an upscale steakhouse in Seattle and my favorite D2 memory would have to be when a table from outside of the state came and sat down, asking for a "nice Bordeaux blend" while looking at the French wines on our list. I steered them to the DeLille Cellars D2 as a local alternative to the traditional Bordeaux wines, tasting similar and allowing them to taste the LOCAL flavors (shouldn't you do that when visiting somewhere?!). They finished the bottle before even the appetizers were finished being consumed! "ANOTHER BOTTLE PLEASE!" Ended up with 3 bottles of D2 for them that night. Sadly, nothing was left for me! Not to worry as I went up to the tasting room in Woodinville a couple weekends later and got my fix of the D2, Doyenne and Rousanne! What a nice experience for our guests and a delicious tasting at the tasting room for myself!


Time Posted: Dec 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM
Keri Tawney
November 15, 2017 | Keri Tawney

DeLille Cellars Celebrates Drink D2 Day December 2nd

Washington’s DeLille Cellars Celebrates Drink D2 Day December 2nd

Woodinville, WA, November 15, 2017 ---- On December 2nd, DeLille Cellars will celebrate its first annual “Drink D2 Day” in tribute to one of its founding wines, D2.  One of two blends first made by DeLille Cellars in 1992, D2 pioneered the way for Bordeaux-style blends in Washington State. 

Drink D2 Day requires no ticket to participate. Simply enjoy a glass (or bottle) of D2 on Saturday, December 2nd, and share your experience online (@delillecellars, #drinkD2day). Whether it be at home in front of the fire or out celebrating with friends, DeLille Cellars hopes you will toast to the season and help celebrate the winery’s 25th Anniversary and passion for Washington wine.

 “One of Washington's founding Bordeaux blends, D2 established the immense potential of this region, and exemplifies the dedication and relentless effort and care of our growers and winemakers.  Please join us on Drink D2 Day (or any day) in raising a glass to the spirit, growing tradition and reputation of Columbia Valley wine,” said Winemaker Jason Gorski.

DeLille Cellars will also have a special offer on D2 through the weekend (December 1 – 3) at its locations in Woodinville and Kirkland, as well as online at D2 fans can also participate in the “Favorite D2 Memory” contest and be entered to win large format bottles of D2 for only $2. Entries due by November 24th at

“D2 is a traditional blend of Bordeaux varietals sourced from over 15 of Washington State’s most prestigious vineyards. It is a great tribute to our craft of blending in an old-world style, while showcasing the power and structure of Washington State as a world-class wine region,” said Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch.

D2 was recently awarded a Wine & Spirits “Year’s Best US Cabernet Blends” and a Seattle Met Top 100 award, with gold awards in coveted competitions such as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and Sunset International Wine Competition. D2 has received scores over 90+ from top publications for every vintage (rated since the second vintage in 1993). In a recent review from Jeb Dunnuck for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Mr. Dunnuck said of D2, “…from a who's who list of vineyards in Washington State, this beauty has tons of upfront fruit, as well as a firm, nicely structured core. Hats off to the team at Delille for consistently producing this level of quality at this quantity.”



About DeLille Cellars

Founded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lill, Jay Soloff and celebrated winemaker Chris Upchurch, DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Wash. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 200 highly-rated wines with a scores of 90+. DeLille uses the Red Mountain AVA as its foundation and sources grapes from Washington's most acclaimed vineyards, including Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Upchurch, Red Willow, Sagemoor, Klipsun, Boushey and Harrison Hill. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state, and the winery was recently honored as a Wine & Spirits 2017 Top 100 winery in the world. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit

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Media Contact:

Keri Tawney, Director of Marketing & Events
425.489.0544 x1013



Time Posted: Nov 15, 2017 at 1:10 PM
Keri Tawney
November 8, 2017 | Keri Tawney

Thanksgiving Pairings from Winemakers Chris and Jason!

Thanksgiving Pairings, Ship 6-12 bottles for 25 Cents. Enter our D2 Memory Contest!




Time Posted: Nov 8, 2017 at 2:22 PM