You might already know Washington ranks second in the United States in the production of wine, behind only California. There are over 80 grape varieties grown in Washington State by more than 350 grape growers. And there are more than 800 wineries producing more than 40 varietals in our state. But did you know we have an award winning winery right here, on the Steamboat Peninsula?
“Greetings from Sovereign Cellars,” writes winemaker Dennis “Denny” Gross. “It’s spring and our new 2011 wines are coming out.”
“We have four very nice award winning wines this season. All received Double Gold Awards at the Seattle Wine Awards recently.”
These wines came away with the Double Gold (“Best of the Best”) award:
2011 Sovereign Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Sovereign Cellars Finnigan’s Daughter Claret
2011 Sovereign Cellars Cuvée
2011 Sovereign Cellars Syrah
The winery is located at 7408 Manzanita Drive, off Steamboat Island Road, and is available weekdays and weekends for small private tastings, by appointment. Call 866-7991 for details.
Sovereign Cellars is planning several large wine tasting events this spring and summer. Watch this web site and the GriffinNeighbors Facebook Page as more information becomes available.
From the Sovereign Cellars web site we learned that winemaker Denny Gross is a former chemistry teacher who has made wine and beer as a hobby for 30 years. “He makes wines that he likes to drink, Heavy Dark, Powerful Reds with a lot of character.”
Sovereign wines are sold at the Bayview Market and Haggen and are available at Budd Bay Café, Dock Street Bistro, and Water Street Café.
“Come and see us anytime,” says Dennis Gross.
Sovereign Cellars is one of the many local businesses listed online in our Business Directory. Visit our directory whenever you are shopping for goods and services.
Sovereign Cellars will host a release party for their award winning 2011 vintage wines on Saturday, July 12, 1 to 5 PM. It’s at the winery, 7408 Manzanita Drive, Olympia 98502. That’s at the end of Manzanita Drive, off 79th. “We will have all our wines on display and lots of food treats to go with the wines,” says the winemaker.