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Join DeLille Cellars in celebrating the first ever Drink Up Week! The week-long event celebrates anything you can drink: from wine and cocktails to coffee and tea. Visit our Woodinville Tasting Room and The Lounge restaurant for special offers July 25th-31st.
Mention “Drink Up Week” at your tasting reservation at DeLille Cellars July 25-31 and get a special taste of our first sparkling wine, Forget-Me-Not.
Bubbles are what initially brought the founders of DeLille together in the late 1980s before the winery was formally founded. Happily, they have made a return! The 2020 Forget-Me-Not’s firm acid and linear style make it a perfect aperitif with our Pacific Northwest summer fare, with pleasant notes of Asian pear, honeysuckle, green apple, and crushed stone. The effervescence hits the palate broadly and becomes more delicate over time in the glass, with a pronounced minerality and hints of citrus rind that dance on the palate.
Visit The Lounge at DeLille Cellars and try two new cocktails: The Butterfly Effect and the Purple Paradise ($15 each). The Lounge will also be pouring Forget-Me-Not sparkling wine ($14/glass).
The Butterfly Effect (left) and Purple Paradise (right)
The Butterfly Effect
2 oz. The Butterfly Cannon Blue Tequila
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 oz. Egg White
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and “dry” shake 30-45 seconds vigorously. Add ice to shaker and continue to shake vigorously. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lemon wheel and butterfly pea blossoms.
The Purple Paradise
2 oz. Empress Gin
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
1/2 oz. Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with lime wheel.
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 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.
Caption: Rendering of DeLille Cellars’ new space (Credit: DeLille Cellars and Hinge Studio)
Former Redhook space will feature a new three-level tasting room, event space, an outdoor patio and a rooftop deck with views of the Sammamish Valley and Mt. Rainier
WOODINVILLE, Wash. (March 28, 2019) – DeLille Cellars, a pioneering Washington State winery, today announced that its new three-level tasting room and retail tower at the former Redhook brewery in Woodinville’s Hollywood District will open in the fall of 2019. This expansive space will provide a variety of experiences, including seated tastings, tours and a wine club rooftop deck with views of the Sammamish Valley and Mount Rainier. DeLille’s adjoining winemaking facility has been in operation since January when the winery build-out was completed.
“After 20+ years, we’re eager to once again have all of our operations under one roof, with a world-class location that will allow us to fully showcase our wines and history as well as continue to educate and share our excitement about Washington wine,” said Tom Dugan, CEO of DeLille Cellars.
DeLille’s new space is approximately 30,000 square feet: 9,000 of retail and event space, 5,000 of office space and 16,000 of winemaking space. In the retail section, curated experiences are being planned, including tastings of DeLille’s portfolio of acclaimed wines, cheese and mini food pairings, retrospective, library and comparative tastings, as well as blending seminars, all geared toward educating customers on the quality of Washington State wine.
“Winemaking at DeLille is now fully transferred to the old Redhook space, which has been completely modified to support our specific needs and style,” said Jason Gorski, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture. “Everyone at DeLille is looking forward to the new tasting room and offices, not only so we can have the entire team in one place, but also so that we can share our wine and a wonderful experience with our guests, fans and wine club members.
All three levels will offer predominantly seated tasting experiences for a variety of guests and group sizes. The main level will include an outdoor patio as well as two private small-group tasting rooms that can be combined for larger groups. The second-floor club level will feature seating areas for wine club members and their guests, in addition to space for corporate dinners and events and a private library accommodating up to 12 guests for intimate tasting experiences spanning the winery’s 27-year history.
Wine club members and their guests will also receive exclusive access to the partially covered rooftop deck (featuring a cozy fireplace area, fire pits and roof-lined gas heaters), allowing them to enjoy beautiful views of the Sammamish Valley and Mount Rainier year-round.
Until the construction of the tasting room and retail tower is complete, the winery’s Carriage House tasting room in the Hollywood District will remain open. In addition, DeLille’s wine lounge, Maison DeLille, will continue to offer wine flights, glass pours and small bites to the Kirkland community indefinitely. DeLille’s offices are leaving the winery’s original Chateau home in April; that location has been renamed Chateau Lill and will operate under separate management as an event space.
To commemorate the grand opening of the new tasting room and retail tower, DeLille is planning a series of events in the fall. An online reservation system to reserve seats and book tastings will go live prior to the opening.
For more information, visit www.delillecellars.com.
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About DeLille Cellars
Founded in 1992, 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, and has been honored as a Wine & Spirits ‘Top 100 Wineries of the World’ for the past two years.To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.
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 in the fall of 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!
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