Caption: DeLille Cellars’ new director of winemaking and viticulture, Jason Gorski, standing in the winery’s brand-new production facility at the old Redhook space (credit: DeLille Cellars)
WOODINVILLE, Wash. (January 22, 2019) – DeLille Cellars, one of Woodinville’s founding wineries and a prominent player in developing Washington State as a premier wine region, today announced that Jason Gorski has been promoted to director of winemaking and viticulture. Gorski previously served as winemaker and assistant winemaker, under the tutelage of founding winemaker Chris Upchurch.
Gorski has been instrumental in DeLille Cellars’ success since joining its winemaking team in 2011. He has helped expand production from just over 10,000 cases to nearly 30,000 and has improved its quality, having been involved with 239 of the 90+ scores DeLille has received.
“Jason has built a great winemaking team and possesses a unique ability as a very talented winemaker with unrivaled technical skill,” said Tom Dugan, DeLille’s CEO. “Along with [co-presidents] Chris [Upchurch] and Jay [Soloff] and the rest of our owners, we’re incredibly excited for the next chapter of DeLille, with Jason at the helm of winemaking.”
Every wine DeLille has produced since 2011 has received at least one 90+ score from the top four international critics, leading the winery to over 500 individual 90+ ratings since its founding. DeLille received a coveted position on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list in 2018 with its 2015 Signature Syrah (Gorski’s third such honor), as well as two consecutive Wine & Spirits “Top 100 Wineries of the World” awards (in both 2017 and 2018), along with numerous national and local accolades under Gorski’s leadership. These include the Seattle Times #2 wine of the year in 2017 and #1 wine of the year in 2018, plus the Wine Press Northwest Washington Winery of the Year in 2017.
“Established with a focus on wine quality, DeLille Cellars is an integral part of the history of Washington wine and its increasing reputation throughout the world,” said Gorski. “I look forward to continuing to build upon that foundation, working to continuously improve our wines and promote the excellence of Washington vineyards.”
Gorski found his passion for wine while studying biology at Duke University. He was introduced to a respected sommelier by his academic advisor and eventually moved to Washington State in 2004, where he worked at the state’s founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, in Woodinville. He was then offered the role of assistant winemaker at Spring Valley Vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington, before beginning at DeLille in 2011.
Gorski’s promotion aligns with DeLille’s recently announced acquisition of the former Redhook Brewery space. The winery plans to have all production moved to and operational in its new home by the end of January. Gorski has managed the process of refurbishing the original brewery tank room into a world-class production facility. The next phase will include construction of a new three-story tasting room and retail tower, to be completed in late summer of this year.
With Gorski’s promotion, Upchurch will take on a modifiedrole but remain as co-president, partner and founding winemaker. He will continue to be actively involved, supporting Gorski and the winemaking team with harvest and blending, as well as helping to guide the company’s goals from an ownership perspective. He plans on focusing his efforts on supporting the national sales program and continuing to be present at retail events.
“I have been at the forefront of DeLille’s winemaking for the last 27 years, and am extremely proud of what we have created. Our acquisition of a world-class facility at Redhook provides the perfect opportunity for me to scale down as the winery looks to the future,” said Upchurch. “Jason’s well-deserved promotion to director of winemaking recognizes his incredible contributions to DeLille and his passion for continuing our great legacy.”
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Founded in 1992 by Jay Soloff, Chris Upchurch and Charles and Greg Lill, DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence, with over 500 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA 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. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.
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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!
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.
MASTERFULLY BLENDED, FOUR FLAGS IS A HARMONIOUS AND COMPLEX REPRESENTATION
By Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch
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.
"With 25 years of experience behind them, the team at DeLille Cellars has mastered the art of the Bordeaux-style blend in Washington State.”
Wine & Spirits Magazine announced the Top 100 Wineries of 2017, profiled in the Annual Buying Guide. The print edition serves as a program for Wine & Spirits 14th Annual Top 100 event on Tuesday, October 10th, at City View at METREON in San Francisco, where DeLille Cellars will be pouring their 2013 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 D2. DeLille Cellars is one of six wineries from Washington State and one of 35 in the United States to make the list.
“Our editors have organized panels of sommeliers and retailers to taste more than 15,000 wines with us, blind, and recommend the most compelling examples from every corner of the wine world. Our editors consistently rated certain producers highly, and we have chosen those 100 wineries to profile in our Annual Buying Guide and to pour at our Top 100 event. They are part of a very tight competitive set, and one thing they all share in common is a commitment to the place where their wines grow. Their wines are more delicious for it.” - Joshua Greene, editor and publisher of Wine & Spirits Magazine
The Top 100: View on Wine & Spirits >
Domaine des Baumard
Comm. G.B. Burlotto
Chambers Rosewood Vineyards
Concha y Toro
Domaine Marcel Deiss
Evening Land Vineyards
Forjas del Salnés
Green & Red
Henriques & Henriques
El Maestro Sierra
Château du Moulin-à-Vent
Moutard Père et Fils
Produttori del Barbaresco
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Domaine de la Taille aux Loups
Tenuta delle Terre Nere
Terroir Al Limit
C. von Schubert
“ONE OF MY BEST VINTAGES IN 25 YEARS... A VINTAGE OF THE AGES." - CHRIS UPCHURCH, EXECUTIVE WINEMAKER
Taste our fall releases from the extraordinary 2015 vintage, enjoy live music and appetizers, and celebrate 25 years of winemaking! Seattle Chocolates, also celebrating their 25th Anniversary, will be sampling from their jcoco line of culinary-inspired chocolate.
Dates: November 3 & 4, 2017
Location: The DeLille Cellars Chateau
14208 Woodinville Redmond Road
Time: Please note we have three different event dates/times.
Select your date and time below.