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DeLILLE CELLARS TO OPEN WINE LOUNGE AT
FORMER REDHOOK RESTAURANT SITE
Caption: Tom Dugan, CEO of DeLille Cellars, stands in the former Wheelhouse restaurant (previously Redhook’s Forecaster’s Public House) currently being remodeled for a new wine and food experience at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville (credit: DeLille Cellars)
WOODINVILLE, WA (March 3, 2021) – DeLille Cellars, Woodinville’s third oldest winery, has announced that it is expanding at the Old Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. DeLille will be launching a new wine and food experience at the former Wheelhouse restaurant (originally Redhook's Forecaster's Public House). Located adjacent to DeLille’s winery and tasting room, The Lounge at DeLille Cellars will offer unique glass pours, flights, food and wine pairings, and spaces for private dining and small events. Come summer, the former patio will open as The Deck with an expanded menu. A remodel is underway, with DeLille aiming to have the space open in late spring or early summer.
The menu and food will be directed by Executive Chef Michael C. Toni, who has worked with DeLille for nearly two decades catering private events and wine release dinners, as well as curating food and wine pairings at DeLille’s tasting room. Most recently, Chef Toni has been in charge of DeLille’s “Date Night” meals, a weekly takeout dinner and wine experience that has been a huge success since the first COVID-related closures in March of 2020.
Chef Michael C. Toni, Executive Chef for The Lounge at DeLille Cellars (credit: A Platinum Event)
The new DeLille Cellars Tasting Room at Old Redhook Brewery, located next door to the new wine lounge. (credit: DeLille Cellars)
“We’re excited to offer our customers some different and unique wine and food experiences,” said DeLille Cellars CEO Tom Dugan. “As someone who took the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails out to Redhook years ago, we’re especially excited to launch an outdoor space when the weather cooperates, even more so with the slated Eastrail project that will bring more people by foot and bike to Woodinville,” added Dugan.
“The focus of our tasting room has always been about education and showcasing the world-class quality of Washington wine. The Lounge allows us to offer more casual experiences, both by-the-glass and into the evening, that our wonderful customers have been looking for,” added Deb Stadelman, DeLille’s Director of Retail Operations.
With the move of its winery and remodel of the former brewery, DeLille established its headquarters at the Old Redhook Brewery in 2019. The expansion into the restaurant comes just over a year after DeLille opened its brand new three-story tasting room at the site, and marks nearly three decades since the winery’s founding in 1992 (DeLille will celebrate its 30th harvest this fall).
The former Forecaster’s Public House has a long history in Woodinville as a gathering spot since 1994 when the Redhook facility first opened. Sparkman Cellars also relocated to the Old Redhook Brewery, with winemaking activities and a new tasting room in Redhook’s former bottling facility.
About DeLille Cellars
Bordeaux Inspired – Distinctly Washington – Uniquely DeLille
DeLille Cellars is the third oldest operating winery in Woodinville, WA, founded in 1992. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 700 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington's most acclaimed vineyards. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.
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DeLille Cellars is honored to be a founding donor of the Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship, supporting the Washington State University
School of Viticulture and Enology
With the goal of elevating minority voices and talent in the winemaking industry, Woodinville Wine Country has partnered with Chateau Ste. Michelle and DeLille Cellars to create an endowment through the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Program. The Woodinville Wine Country Diversity scholarship will support minority and under-represented students within the program who demonstrate a passion for and dedication to the winegrowing and winemaking craft, as well as a love of higher learning and continued wine education.
“We are very excited about our new Viticulture & Enology major, and this scholarship will allow us to bring in students from all backgrounds to study with us and to join the wine industry,” said Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, Director, Viticulture & Enology program.
“This endowment marks a small step in an ongoing effort to further the mission for greater inclusivity and diversity throughout our wine industry and community,” said Amber Schmitt, Marketing Director, Woodinville Wine Country. “We are excited that two of Woodinville’s leading wineries have joined in our commitment to support diversity in Washington state.”
Community members who would like to make a donation to grow the endowment fund for the Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship Fund can DONATE here.
“We are proud to be a founding contributor to the Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship” David Dearie, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates commented. “Fostering a diverse pool of workforce talent is vital to the long-term success of the Washington wine sector.
“This is a small but important step to creating more inclusivity and diversity within our wine community,” said Tom Dugan, CEO of DeLille Cellars. “WSU has a world class viticulture and enology program, and we’re honored to partner with Chateau Ste. Michelle and Woodinville Wine Country in creating this scholarship. It reflects the great collaboration and community of Washington wine.”
“WSU’s wine science program is an innovative part of our land grant university, and this scholarship gives us the opportunity to continue building diversity within our college, and the Washington wine community,” said André-Denis Wright, Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.
About Woodinville Wine Country Association
Woodinville Wine Country Association is a group of vintners and affiliates who represents the growing presence of the Washington state wine industry in the Greater Woodinville area. The association’s mission is to create a world-class wine destination, and a supportive and profitable environment for Washington vintners and affiliates.
About Chateau Ste. Michelle
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington State and has been producing classic European varietal wines under the Ste. Michelle label since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions. The winery owns 3,900 acres of vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Eastern Washington, including Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek, which are LIVE and Salmon Safe certified. Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoys winemaking partnerships with some of the world’s most distinguished vintners. Col Solare is an alliance with Tuscany’s Piero Antinori, Eroica Riesling is a partnership with the Mosel’s Ernst Loosen and Tenet is a collaboration with Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie of France.
About DeLille Cellars
Bordeaux Inspired – Distinctly Washington – Uniquely DeLille
DeLille Cellars is the third oldest operating winery in Woodinville, WA, founded in 1992. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 700 individual 90+ ratings from leading international critics. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington’s most acclaimed vineyards. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state. In 2019, DeLille Cellars moved all operations to the old Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.
NOTABLE WASHINGTON WINERY DeLILLE CELLARS REVAMPS SALES EFFORT
|Caption: DeLille Cellars’ new Director of National Sales, Janna Rinker, standing in the library of the winery’s new tasting room at the Old Redhook Brewery in Woodinville (credit: DeLille Cellars)|
WOODINVILLE, WA (December 8, 2020) – DeLille Cellars, one of Woodinville’s founding wineries and pioneer of Bordeaux-style blends in Washington State, has announced the hiring of Janna Rinker as Director of National Sales. Rinker joins DeLille from Copper Cane Wines and Provisions, where she most recently held the role of National Account Manager – On Premise. Rinker has extensive experience in the strategic development of national programs for preeminent wine brands in both California and Washington. With the addition of Rinker, DeLille will no longer be represented by Vintage Point Partners, a Sonoma-based sales and marketing company.
“DeLille is grateful for Vintage Point’s leadership over the last four years and their help in growing our national footprint. We are excited to have such a talented individual join our strong team, and know Janna will strengthen our relationships with our great distributor, restaurant, and retail partners and continue our advocacy of the world-class quality of Washington wine,” said Tom Dugan, DeLille’s CEO.
During her time at Copper Cane Wines and Provisions, Rinker managed major partnerships, including Landry’s, Nordstrom and Noble House Hotels and Resorts; and served as the Northwest Regional Manager. Prior to Copper Cane, Rinker was a founding team member of Washington’s Latta Wines, where she conceptualized and implemented the national sales and marketing program for Latta, Kind Stranger and Disruption Wine Company. Other prominent industry roles include Estates Group Division Manager at Young’s Market Company and Northwest and International Sales Director for Charles Smith.
“I’m delighted to welcome Janna Rinker to the DeLille family. She brings a wealth of talent and industry expertise to our team. I’m looking forward to working in tandem with such a consummate professional,” said Jay Soloff, President, co-owner and one of DeLille’s founding partners who has been the primary force behind the winery’s sales and marketing for over 20 years.
Rinker is back to her Northwest roots at DeLille Cellars. She is a native of Washington State and currently resides in Seattle. Rinker is a graduate of Whitman College and is currently getting her MBA at UW Foster School of Business. She enjoys skiing and cooking, and her favorite DeLille wine is Harrison Hill, a single vineyard Bordeaux-style blend the winery has been crafting since 1994 from the second oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the state.
“I’m thrilled to be joining DeLille and to solidify and expand its distribution,” said Rinker. “The combination of its legacy, the beautiful wines, and potential for growth are all incredibly exciting. I look forward to working with our distributor partners to bring DeLille to more retailers, restaurants and consumers across the US and the world.”
The addition of Rinker brings DeLille’s sales management in-house to create high-touch programming to meet the current and changing needs of its valued restaurant, retail, and hospitality partners across the country. The move follows DeLille’s recent remodel of the iconic former Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, including the construction of a new three-story tasting room, to further DeLille’s goal of highlighting the world-class wine of Washington State and the winery’s 28-year legacy of excellence.
About DeLille Cellars
DeLille Cellars is the third oldest operating winery in Woodinville, WA, founded in 1992. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 600 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington's most acclaimed vineyards. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.
We feel it’s important to connect with you regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the steps we’re taking here at DeLille to keep our community healthy and safe.
More than anything, our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected, and we hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe. Our number one priority is the well-being of our customers and employees, and we are continuing to take active measures to ensure our retail and work environments are safe spaces.
At this time, our new Hollywood Station tasting room in Woodinville and our Maison DeLille wine lounge in Kirkland remain open for guests to visit, and we would love to see you. Our team is here to help. We are actively monitoring and following guidance from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and Public Health – Seattle & King County.
As a winery and tasting room, our sanitation and cleanliness standards are very high. Over the last few weeks we have taken steps to ensure we provide a safe environment, including:
We ask our customers who are high risk or not feeling well to refrain from visiting us. If you are able to stop by, please make a reservation in advance. By reducing the number of seated tastings, we may not be able to seat as many walk-in guests as normal, but hope this will enhance your experience and comfort. If you cannot visit us, we have many options below to ensure you don’t go without DeLille wine.
Please don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions, and we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon.
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