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Brian Carter Cellars
June 6, 2018

It’s that Time of Year

The first bottling in April has been completed and the 2017 Rosé, 2017 Oriana, and 2015 Solesce are out of the barrel room and into the warehouse. The rosé is hardly resting comfortably, as we released it the beginning of May; it is delicious and it is disappearing fast. The perfect pairing with summer sunshine.

Before turning attention to our July bottling, it is time for the most enjoyable part of my winemaking schedule: Time to Blend!  The 2017 wines are chilling in the cellar and losing their youthful fermentation aromas while starting to show their true personality. I like to think the wines are anticipating this time of year also. “It’s kind of boring sitting here all by myself. When is Brian going to start blending so we can meet and mingle with our neighbors?” The last couple of weeks, I have had dozens of samples out on the table tasting each, and deciding how they will come together. I am pretty close to finalizing the 2017 Solesce, Trentenaire, Corrida and the next Dedication Series, which is slated to be a dry Portuguese varietal blend. I am excited about each one. It will not be long before Robert and I are selecting individual barrels, racking them to the tank, getting them mixed and back to the barrel where they will have a year to come together. The majority of these wines are slated to be bottled in the summer of 2019.

In addition to blending, I am keeping an eye out for a few that will stand alone in our ONE series.  These are the rare wines that are special enough to be bottled on their own; ONE variety, ONE vineyard.  As it says on the back label: “Occasionally we come across a few barrels that capture the essence of a varietal so completely they defy blending, they are just that good.” When we do find one that special, we normally only bottle 75 to 150 cases of each wine. For 2017, I am looking at holding back a Grenache, which I have done once before, and a Tempranillo which will be our first ONE of this varietal.

~Brian Carter

Jun 6, 2018 at 1:46 PM
Brian Carter Cellars
May 1, 2018

 

Spring Wine Club Release Party
is Right Around the Corner

Thursday, May 3rd or Friday, May 4th
4:30-7:30pm

Featuring music performed by Enrique Henao
Food will be provided by Swift and Savory

This will be the first opportunity to pick-up your much anticipated 2018 Spring Release, with three wines that sing SPRING.

 

2016 Oriana
Hardly a month goes by without someone telling us that Oriana is their favorite white wine. With its seductive aromas and perfect balance, its popularity just keeps soaring.  The 2016 vintage is a richly aromatic wine, resplendent with tangerine, apricot, ripe pear and apple with touches of honey and anise. Crisp acidity greets the palate while mouth filling fruit flavors linger making this an excellent companion to many foods, from shellfish to Asian cuisine.   Double Gold at the 2018 Seattle Wine Awards  Viognier (54%), Roussanne (34%), Riesling (12%).  Retail: $25  Wine Club: $21.25 

 

2013 Solesce (Wine Club Exclusive)
Solesce is our signature Bordeaux-style blend. Cabernet Sauvignon was used as the heart of this wine, using only selected lots from E & E Shaw and Stone Tree Vineyards. Richly dark in color, the generous complex aroma includes ripe blackberries, blueberries, vanilla bean and an elegant floral note. On the palate, mouth filling flavors of cassis and black fruits are followed by firm yet silky tannins and a long finish and balanced acidity.   Best of Class / Double Gold at the 2017 Tri-Cities Wine Festival  Cabernet Sauvignon (54%), Merlot (25%), Petit Verdot (9%), Cabernet Franc (7%), and Malbec (5%).  Retail: $60  Wine Club: $51.00

 

2017 Rosé
What a better way to enjoy the summer than with the new Abracadabra Rosé. Beautiful electric pink in color, aromas of ripe strawberries abound with more subtle notes of peaches and orange blossoms. On the palate is bountiful fruit backed up by deliciously crisp acidity. Experience the magic with summer salads, BBQ salmon, new friends and plenty of sunshine.    Last year won Best Rosé in the Northwest by the Seattle Times  Sangiovese (70%), Syrah (17%), Grenache (5%), Malbec (5%), and Mourvedre (3%)  Retail: $25  Wine Club: $21.25

 

Mother's Day Magic!

This year we have two great ways to treat your Mom and give her some magic. 

Give her the great taste of Brian Carter Cellars with a free tasting on Mother’s Day weekend.  Come in with your Mom on May 12th or 13th and she will receive a free tasting flight. 

Don’t worry Moms, you don’t have to bring the little ones to receive your free tasting flight, leave them home with Dad and you can enjoy the magic with us!

This year, surprise her with the magic with our two-bottle gift set of our
Abracadabra Magical Blends. 

Retail:  $50
Sale:  $40 (20% off retail)

2017 Abracadabra Rosé
What a better way to express your love for Mom than with the new Abracadabra Rosé. Beautiful electric pink in color, aromas of ripe strawberries abound with more subtle notes of peaches and orange blossoms. On the palate is bountiful fruit backed up by deliciously crisp acidity.

2014 Abracadabra Red
Mom will love this red blend of the same great red varietals from the same great vineyards, but with a varietal mix that depends on the ‘Magic’ of the harvest each year.  Abracadabra Red is anything but traditional in its final blend, instead it is a bit unpredictable, curious, mysterious and amazingly delicious.

Valid while supplies last. Additional discounts do not apply. Sale valid May 3-13, 2018

Meet our Employees

We are in the business of making sure our guests have the best day ever, not only with our award-winning wines but with a smile. Each month we hope to introduce you to another member of our fabulous team, and the smiles behind the wine.

Katy Apple is our newest member to the Brian Carter Cellars team. Katy recently moved back to Washington from Mississippi and she is responsible for our bookkeeping and compliance activities.

What attracted you to work for Brian Carter Cellars?
I am excited to work for Brian Carter Cellars as it has given me the chance to work with one of the area’s best wineries.

What is your favorite Brian Carter Wine?
My favorite Brian Carter Cellar wine is the 2013 Corrida, Tempranillo is one of my favorite varietals and Brain Carter Cellars take on Tempranillo has been my favorite so far.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I am an amateur photographer and I love to get out into nature and hiking. I also love exploring the food and wine culture, as well as seeing the city that have grown so much in the 15 years since I moved to Oregon.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I grew up in Sammamish and attended Skyline High School. I spent several years in Oregon working with wineries in Willamette Valley, learning as much as I could about Pinot and other Oregon varietals. I love working in the wine industry, and I am excited to be back in Washington working for one of the best wineries in the state.

Tell us a little bit about your family?
I am a Mom to three amazing kids and sharing with them the area in which I grew up has been fun.

 

Cascadia International Wine Competition

 

We are truly honored to receive wine awards at the Cascadia International Wine Competition. Thank you to the judges and Great Northwest Wine!

The Cascadia Wine Competition, operated by Great Northwest Wine, is the largest judging of Pacific Northwest wine staged in the U.S., and an international panel of 21 experts spent three days evaluating 1,012 wines using fruit from Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia.

Award Wine AVA
Gold/Best of Class 2015 Abracadabra Red Columbia Valley
Double Gold 2015 Opulento Yakima Valley
Silver 2013 ACE Columbia Valley
Silver 2013 Solesce Columbia Valley
Silver 2014 Byzance Columbia Valley
Silver 2013 Le Coursier Columbia Valley
Silver 2013 Tuttorosso Yakima Valley
Bronze 2014 Corrida Columbia Valley
Bronze 2016 Oriana Yakima Valley

Join us at the The Best of Cascadia, June 30th (4-8pm) at The Lodge at Columbia Point where you can taste some of the top winners from the 2018 Cascadia Wine Competition.  A portion of The Best of the Cascadia proceeds will be donated to the Washington State University Wine Education Scholarship Fund.

Check out all the 2018 winners here.

Brian Carter Cellars Calendar

 

Wine Club Spring Release Party 
Thursday, May 3rd or Friday, May 4th    4:30-7:30pm

Featuring music performed by Enrique Henao
Food will be provided by Swift and Savory

This is the first opportunity to pick-up your much anticipated 2018 Spring Release, with three wines that sing SPRING.

 

 


STEM: Science Uncorked – Friday, June 1st   4-6pm
Pacific Science Center, Seattle

Learn about the other “stem” education at Science Uncorked at the Pacific Science Center. Enjoy an evening sampling Washington’s finest wines from Brian Carter Cellars and 15 other great wineries while exploring the science straight from the vine. Enjoy unlimited tastings from participating wineries and after-hours access to Pacific Science Center. Tickets are available through the Pacific Science Center.

 


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, June 8th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you take in the sounds of Gina Belliveau at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Gina Belliveau is a Tacoma-based musician who plays looped, percussive acoustic folk with an Achilles heel for ridiculous pop cover tunes. Her ever expanding repertoire runs the gamut from Billie Holiday to Billie Jean.

 


A Brush of Pink – Friday, June 8th   7-9:30pm
Novelty Hill Januik Wnery, Woodinville

An evening of nothing but award-winning rosés from Brian Carter Cellars and more than 30 other local wineries. While you enjoy the best of the best of this summer’s wine, you will also be able to take in the creative displays of a dozen local artists, nosh on a buffet dinner by Chef Seth, and support the Woodinville Arts Alliance and Northshore Schools Foundation all in one incredible evening. Tickets are still available at: woodinvillewinecountry.com/brush-of-pink

 


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, July 13th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you take in the sounds of David Flett at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Flett plays solo acoustic originals and covers that captivate audiences with a deft hand and an open heart.

 


Glassybaby Pop-Up for Motley Zoo Animal Rescue Friday, July 13th   4-6pm

Visit Brian Carter Cellars for a Glassybaby pop-up event benefiting the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue! Motley Zoo is a volunteer run, foster-based, non-profit animal rescue organization, that has rescued and found new homes for more than 2,300 animals! 10% of proceeds during the event from Glassybaby purchases will be donated to Motley Zoo Animal Rescue. 

PLUS: Rumor has it that Motley Zoo will be bringing some of their adorable rescues to help bring awareness to their great organization. Rock on, Motley Zoo!

 


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, Aug 10th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you take in the sounds of Devin Sinha at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist Devin Sinha plays primarily a mixture of contemporary folk and indie rock, mixing autobiographical flavors into his fiction of poetry and music.

 

Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room
14419 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE | Woodinville, WA 98072 | 425.806.9463
Open 12-5pm, daily | Last tasting begins at 4:30pm
info@briancartercellars.com | www.briancartercellars.com

Copyright (C) 2018 Brian Carter Cellars. All rights reserved.

May 1, 2018 at 2:42 PM
Brian Carter Cellars
April 6, 2018

Here it is April and the time has arrived to put wines into the bottle. Specifically, our Solesce, Oriana, Abracadabra Red and Rosé all typically get bottled in April. Needless to say, this is a very important time in the life of the wine. It’s not really the beginning of the wines’ life like harvest and it certainly isn’t the end when it is poured into a glass to enjoy. We could call it the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end, but in any case, it is the winemaker’s last chance to make a difference in the wine. And what a difference it can make! Simply put, other than the picking and time of fermentation, there is no point in the wine’s life that is more critical. That is why winemakers sweat the details at bottling time and consequently feel some anxiety. Not only are we unable to change the wine after the cork goes in, but there are a lot of logistics that must come together at bottling time, any one of which can blow the whole thing.

Getting the wine ready can be simple, in the case of reds like the Solesce and Abracadabra: we just pull them out of the barrel, give them a quick filtration, adjust the SO2, check the oxygen level and they are pretty much ready to go. The Oriana and Rosé have more stability issues that need be addressed namely heat stability, which requires bentonite fining to fix, and cold stability which requires chilling the wine often for several weeks. We also do more extensive fining trials especially if the wine has some unwanted astringency. Carbon dioxide levels are also checked as there is a risk of ‘spritzy’ wines if they were fermented within the last few months.

Now we get onto the logistics which start months in advance when the bottling truck is scheduled. Capsules, corks, glass and labels require lots of advanced planning.  Each wine often has its own packaging requirements, and winemakers must work with many suppliers to order and schedule everything to arrive well ahead of bottling day. Just getting the labels done requires getting the right information to the printer including the AVA, alcohol and varietal, calculating numbers including waste, and getting federal label approval. Corks require inspection and sensory testing before ordering. Each item requires special attention and if one is not right the bottling cannot take place, the package will be wrong, or the wine will be off.  When getting several wines ready for bottling there is often a logistical issue of how many tanks are available, which wines fit into which tanks and in what order you move them from tank to tank when racking and filtering. Then there is figuring out the warehouse for the best place to store the wine. Oh, and don’t forget the bottling crew has to be arranged, which is something Robert does a great job organizing. Altogether, it’s a lot to think about.

Finally, there is bottling day itself which should go smoothly if advance planning was properly carried out. There are over a dozen quality control items to watch out for, from selecting the right packaging (don’t put those rosé labels on the red Abracadabra) to getting the label positioned properly to fill height and cork depth. Perhaps the best part of bottling is when it is over. We have freed up barrels for next year’s harvest. In the case of Rosé, we have fresh wine to sell. Time to relax and enjoy a special bottle of wine from a previous bottling. And we don’t have to worry about bottling again until July. Time to start working on the 2017 blends! That is the real fun.

Apr 6, 2018 at 11:59 AM
Brian Carter Cellars
March 1, 2018

 

Barrel Tasting at
Brian Carter Cellars Winery

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018
1:30-4:30pm

Brian Carter Cellars Winery
14030 NE 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 98072

(behind Columbia Winery)

Taste our future releases straight from the barrel. Like eating cherries from the tree, our Spring Barrel Tasting offers the ability to enjoy a taste right from the source. This is your opportunity to taste the 2017 wines before they are blended, as well as get a glimpse of the 2016 Le Coursier before it has been bottled.

Light appetizers from Madison Park Café Catering and a souvenir wine glass are included in the ticket price.

Don’t miss out as tickets are limited!

Tickets: $25pp/$30 at the door
Wine Club Members: $20pp/$25 at the door

Tickets are available for purchase at the Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room or from Brown Paper Tickets at: https://bccbarreltasting.brownpapertickets.com

 

Winery News

 

Learn more about Brian Carter Cellars and the man behind our delicious blends. Listen to Brian’s interview on Northwest Wine Night & Northwest Wine Radio as he and Host Brian Calvert break down the art of blending.
 
Northwest Wine Radio is a weekly, hour-long show featuring interviews with those who are part of the local wine industry. Host Brian Calvert and his team present a different kind of wine show: Light, fun, informal, yet informative and relevant to anyone who drinks local and supports local producers.

https://northwestwinenight.com/archives/6381

 

Le Coursier Special
End of Vintage March Special

 

The 2012 vintage of Le Coursier has proven to be perhaps Brian’s favorite so far this decade. Many would consider Washington State to produce some of the best Merlots in the world, blend it with four other great Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and you have a real winner.

Experience this Merlot based Bordeaux style blend yourself with our 2012 Le Coursier, with its beautiful garnet hue and a nose resplendent of wild blackberries, ripe Bing cherries and Damson plumbs with a touch of oak and spice.

Save up to 30% off when you purchase a full case of Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Le Coursier. 

 

Call for special Wine Club pricing: 425.806.9463

Valid while supplies last. Additional discounts do not apply. Sale valid from March 1st through March 31, 2018

 

Brian Carter Cellars Calendar

 

The New Vintage 
March 23, 2018 7-1pm at Fisher Pavilion

Entering its fourth year, The New Vintage returns as Taste Washington’s most buzzed-about evening event. Sample exquisite Washington wine and discover new favorites as you chat with celebrity chefs and chow down on gourmet bites. Grab your closest friends and dance the night away, but don’t forget to pay a visit to the Brian Carter Cellars booth before the evening ends and sample both our Le Coursier and Byzance.


The New Vintage sold out in 2017, so don’t wait to snag your tickets to this deliciously fun Friday night. www.tastewashington.org

 


Taste Washington Grand Tasting 
March 24 & 25, 2018 

Get ready for the culmination of Taste Washington. This two-day tasting event gathers over 230 Washington wineries, 65 top restaurants, renowned local and national chefs, and more – all for the enjoyment of your taste buds. Sip and savor tastes from the region’s best wineries and restaurants, including Brian Carter Cellars. 

Stop at the Brian Carter Cellars booth and enjoy our 2014 Corrida, 2013 Byzance and 2013 Le Coursier. Mention you saw this newsletter and we might even have some 2013 Dedication Ace open just for you.

With its seductive aromas and perfect balance, Brian Carter Cellars Oriana’s popularity just keeps soaring.  You can sample this richly aromatic 2016 vintage in the White Wine Bar. Finish your wine tour of the state at the Dessert Bar, where you can enjoy a sweet treat from some of the finest restaurants with a sample of Port-style 2013 Opulento. 

This year, give your mouth (and stomach) something to buzz about and buy your tickets today! Purchase your tickets online: www.tastewashington.org

 


 

Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars
Friday, April 13th   6p-8:30pm

Love Art & Wine?  Join Brian Carter and the Art Up PhinneyWood for a fun Friday evening tasting at Champion Wine Cellars. Sip on our award winning Eurpoean style blends while you the great artwalk event.

 


Glassbaby Pop-Up for Homeward Bound Pet Rescue
Saturaday, April 14th   1:30p-4:30pm

Visit Brian Carter Cellars for a Glassybaby pop-up event benefiting the Homeward Pet Adoption Center! Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non‑profit, no‑kill animal shelter. Their mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption. 10% of proceeds during the event from Glassybaby purchases will be donated.

 


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, June 8th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you take in the sounds of Gina Belliveau at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Gina Belliveau is a Tacoma-based musician who plays looped, percussive acoustic folk with an Achilles heel for ridiculous pop cover tunes. Her ever expanding repertoire runs the gamut from Billie Holiday to Billie Jean.

 


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, July 13th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you taken in the sounds of David Flett at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Flett plays solo acoustic originals and covers that captivate audiences with a deft hand and an open heart.

 

Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room
14419 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE | Woodinville, WA 98072 | 425.806.9463
Open 12-5pm, daily | Last tasting begins at 4:30pm
info@briancartercellars.com | www.briancartercellars.com

Copyright (C) 2017 Brian Carter Cellars. All rights reserved.

Mar 1, 2018 at 10:22 AM
Brian Carter Cellars
February 8, 2018

Love is in the Air at Brian Carter Cellars

 

All you need is Love
… and Wine
… and Chocolate!

Chocolate and port-style wine have always made the perfect pair (almost as perfect as the pairing of you and your lover!). Not to worry because this year we’ve made it easy for you with our Valentine Special.

One bottle of our 375ml Opulento
and a box of Wellington Opulento Chocolates.

Retail: $29
Sale: $22 (25% off retail)

Brian Carter Cellars Opulento is a deep impenetrable garnet color, aromas of raspberry, cherry and chocolate with hints of almond and orange peel. On the palate this wine has opulent flavors of chocolate and berry fruits with a perfectly balanced and satisfyingly sweet finish.

Paired with your favorite Wellington dark chocolates infused with the same decadent wine.

 

Valid while supplies last. Additional discounts do not apply. Sale valid through: February 28, 2018

 

Winery News

 

Pacific Northwest Wine Press Platinum Awards

Excerpt from Wine Press Northwest Article by
Eric Degerman, Ellen Landis and Ken Robertson

 

This year Brian Carter Cellars, moved up on the Platinum’s all-time tote board with six awards and doing so in extraordinary fashion. Perhaps the region’s most decorated when it comes to proprietary blends, Brian Carter Cellars earned a total of five platinum awards and one double platinum this year.  Brian’s Petit Verdot-based 2013 Trentenaire earned Double Platinum while the 2007 received a Platinum. He also continued his stellar work with his Byzance. The 2013 vintage marked the fourth time in the past six years he’s earned a Platinum for this Southern Rhone-style blend based on Grenache.

Double Platinum • 2013 Trentenaire Red Wine, Yakima Valley • Few winemakers would attempt to create a Bordeaux-style red wine using Petit Verdot (62%) as the foundation, but master blender Brian Carter shows the way with this wine that references, in French, the Oregon native’s three decades as a winemaker in Washington. StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope contributes much of the five-variety Bordeaux blend, which offers violets and dark fruit on the nose. The palate, rich in flavor with black raspberry, licorice and Montmorency cherry, includes a touch of herbs and a thread of minerality. It’s complex and remarkably balanced through the cocoa-dusted finish.

Platinum • 2013 Byzance Red Wine, Columbia Valley • Inspired by Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Brian Carter’s winning formula of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from Boushey, Lonesome Springs, Stillwater Creek and StoneTree also includes Counoise and Cinsault. Alluring signs of barrel influence include caramel and mocha that allow for a rush of cherry and raspberry that’s finished by a pinch of sweet dill, toasted walnut and clove.

Platinum • 2016 Abracadabra Rosé, Columbia Valley • Master blender Brian Carter takes a winning, albeit unusual, approach by weaving five varieties that do well on their own as rosé - Sangiovese, Grenache, Syrah, Malbec, Cinsault. He used it to top a field of 122 entries for our spring rosé tasting, and it continues to sing using a crisp approach with cranberry, Rainier cherry, melon and orange slices.

Platinum • 2012 Solesce Red Wine, Columbia Valley • It is fitting that Brian Carter’s Left Bank-inspired blend, which he names for a Latin reference to “sun and essence” features Cabernet Sauvignon from Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. Berries and spice on the nose turn juicy with cassis and dark plum flavors as tobacco walks among nicely understated oak and subtle tannins.

Platinum • 2007 Le Coursier Red Wine, Columbia Valley • It was two years in barrel and two more in the bottle before Brian Carter first released this Bordeaux-style blend that leads with Merlot from Solstice (planted in 1980) and StoneTree vineyards. The blue and black fruit aroma leads to a spice-enhanced entry. Flavors of dusty dark plum, sweet tobacco, blueberry compote and sweet and savory notes are carried by a silky texture to a long, oak-kissed finish.

Platinum • 2007 Trentenaire Red Wine, Columbia Valley • A decade beyond its birth, Brian Carter’s blend of Petit Verdot continues to mature majestically. Brooding aromas open to a powerhouse of flavors — blackberry, plum, black cherry — and focused graphite elements then meld with a touch of herbs. It’s muscular and rich from first whiff to final drop.

Check out the full article for a full list of all the winners and see how a platinum is awarded.  Click Here

 

Winter Wine Club Release Party

Thursday, February 22nd or
Friday, February 23rd
4:30-7:30pm

Featuring music performed by Sheri Greimes
Food will be provided by Swift and Savory

 

This will be the first opportunity for Red Wine Lovers to pick-up your 2018 Winter Release, with three of our most exquisite wines.

 


2013 Byzance
The ripeness of the 2013 vintage expresses everything I want to get from this wine: a complex nose of bright red cherries, tar, white pepper and the garigue spice that you get walking the fields of Provence.  The wine explodes in your mouth with lots of bright fruit and finishes with a long slightly earthy mineral note.  Great balance and a hint of tannin make this wine a great match for a wide range of foods. My favorite would be a medium rare duck breast with cherry sauce.  Grenache (53%), Syrah (22%), Mourvedre (17%), Counoise (5%), and Cinsault (3%)

2013 Le Coursier
The wine has a beautiful garnet hue with a generous nose of wild blackberries, ripe Bing cherries and Damson plums with touches of oak and licorice spice. On the palate you taste a mouth full of complex ripe flavors with well-integrated tannins, age-worthy balance and a lengthy finish. Enjoy with flank steak marinated in red wine, garlic and soy sauce then grilled to perfection.  Merlot (54%), Cabernet Sauvignon (22%), Cabernet Franc (14%), Malbec (6%), and Petit Verdot (4%).

2014 Corrida
A beautiful garnet color, the wine greets you with bright aromas of black cherry, toasted cedar, pomegranate and black pepper with hints of baking spices.  On the palate, the ripeness of the vintage shows through with expansive fruit balanced with pleasing old-world acidity.  The wine lingers nicely in the mouth finishing with the presence of fine tannins.  Enjoy this wine with grilled meats such as perfectly cooked rack of lamb and grilled vegetables. Tempranillo (66%), Graciano (18%), Garnacha (10%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%)

 

Byzance Special
Sale ends February 15th

 

European Style blended wines are Brian Carter’s passion. No wine and no region has inspired him more than Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The terroir of Washington expresses itself with an identity truly reminiscent of the Southern Rhone.

Experience the region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape yourself with our 2012 Byzance, with its complex nose of bright red cherries, tar, white pepper and the garigue spice it will transport you to the fields of Provence.

Save up to 35% off when you purchase a full case of Brian Carter Cellars 2012 Byzance, one of our most highly decorated wines.

 

Call for special Wine Club pricing: 425.806.9463

Valid while supplies last. Additional discounts do not apply. Sale valid through: February 25, 2018

Brian Carter Cellars Calendar

 

SAVE THE DATE!
Spring Barrel Tasting at Brian Carter Cellars Winery
March 31, 2018 

Brian Carter Cellars Winery (14030 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA)
Taste the future releases straight from the barrel. Like eating cherries from the tree, our Spring Barrel Tasting offers the ability to enjoy a taste something right from the source. This is your opportunity to taste the 2017 wines before they are blended, as well as get a glimpse of the 2016 blends.

Stay tuned for ticket information coming soon.

 


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, June 8th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you take in the sounds of Gina Belliveau at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Gina Belliveau is a Tacoma-based musician who plays looped, percussive acoustic folk with an Achilles heel for ridiculous pop cover tunes. Her ever expanding repertoire runs the gamut from Billie Holiday to Billie Jean.

 


Summer Music on the Patio – Friday, July 13th   4-6pm
Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the view from the patio as you taken in the sounds of David Flett at Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Flett plays solo acoustic originals and covers that captivate audiences with a deft hand and an open heart.

 

Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room
14419 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE | Woodinville, WA 98072 | 425.806.9463
Open 12-5pm, daily | Last tasting begins at 4:30pm
info@briancartercellars.com | www.briancartercellars.com

Copyright (C) 2017 Brian Carter Cellars. All rights reserved.

Feb 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM
Brian Carter Cellars
December 18, 2017

Holiday Gifting Ideas

With Chanukah already here and just a few days left till Christmas, Santa is making his list and checking it twice. Brian Carter Cellars has you covered for all the wine lovers on your gift list, and of course you can always treat yourself! A little gift for yourself never hurt.

Have the crew coming over this holiday season? Our large format bottles, now on special, will make the wine lover on your gift list very merry...they might even share!

  • 10% off 1 Bottle,
  • 15% off 2 Bottles,
  • 20% off 3+ Bottles

Which is your favorite? We have large format bottles available in the following veriatals: 2012 Corrida, 2010 Tuttorosso, 2010 Le Coursier, 2010 Trentenaire, 2010 Solesce and even a few 2009 Solesce available. (Wine Club pricing is 20% off 1 bottle, 25% off 2 bottles, and 30% off 3+ bottles).

 


 

Drawing a blank on what to give that special someone on your list? How about an Opulento vertical holiday gift pack with one bottle each of 2013 & 2014 Opulento. It makes the perfect holiday or hostess gift. The wine is deep garnet in color with aromas of raspberry, cherry and chocolate with hints of almond and orange peel. On the palate this wine has opulent flavors of chocolate and berry fruits with a long, perfectly balanced sweet finish.

Stop by the tasting room for your gift packs today.
Reg: $80  Sale: $56 - a 30% savings!

 


We are closed on the following days to allow our employees to enjoy the holiday
with their families.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

 

 

 

Winery News!!

Now that grapes have been harvested and pressed, the winery crew can relax a bit, but the work does not stop. Our assistant winemaker, Robert Takahashi, is busy in the lab running the 2017 wines for TA, pH, alcohol, sugar and malic acid. Kelly, our cellar hand is busy racking red barrels, while the white and rosé barrels are about to be topped off.  Brian is planning ahead for spring bottling and thinking about putting the finishing touches on a couple of final 2016 blends. So far, the 2017 wines are looking good with deeply colored reds and balanced fruit, Brian is tasting the wines daily and he has not picked his favorites quite yet.

 

 

The Carter Collection

Brian Carter Cellars is the first Washington State winery to focus exclusively on blends which arose from Brian’s passion for blended wines. He loves the process of blending, starting with walking the vineyard thinking about how a varietal of grape will contribute to pairing these wines with seasonal food. As great as blends are, Brian acknowledges that some of the best wines in the world are 100% varietal.  Some of the best examples being Pinot Noirs from Oregon or Chardonnays from Burgundy. Although Brian might be slightly biased, he has been known to stick his neck out and say that blends are among the finest wines made in Washington.

In 2010, Brian Carter Cellars released our first ONE series wine, a 2007 Malbec from Stone Tree Vineyards. Since then we have been making limited releases of single varietal wines that complement our classic European-style blends. The ONE designation is used to denote a line of wines made entirely from ONE varietal and from ONE vineyard.  It is important to note that each lot of grapes is brought into the winey as a varietal, and fermented, barreled and racked as a single vineyard, single varietal.

As Brian is evaluating each lot during the spring and summer blending, there is occasionally a lot that separates itself from the rest.  Many times, this special lot goes into the blend because it adds that special touch. Sometimes the varietal intensity is so outstanding that Brian doesn’t use it all in the blend. For example, when he needs the Cabernet Franc character in the Le Coursier but doesn’t want the Cabernet Franc to overwhelm the blend. Brian might blend two barrels of a six-barrel Cabernet Franc lot and keep the other four barrels to be released as part of the ONE series. Other times, Brian might have two great Cabernet lots he is evaluating for Solesce and the one works best for blending, and the other is exceptional on its own, then he may set it aside for ONE.  So far, we have made between 1-3 ONE wines per year, each being small lots of 50 to 150 cases each. Most recently we have released three ONE wines, all three of which are outstanding examples of their variety:

2012 Sangiovese:  These grapes came off the vine in late October, looking like a great wine was going to be made. Indeed, most of this lot went into our 2012 Tuttorosso blend which is a stand-out wine from this stand-out vintage. Brian did manage to pry away three barrels of his favorite Sangiovese from the Boushey Vineyard. It isn’t the easiest grape to grow, it takes a particularly special site to do well, and in only the best years can it make a stand-alone wine worthy of the ONE label.

Dark in color, the wine opens with a very European perfume showing of pie cherries, dried herbs and flowers with a touch of wild game. Classic Chianti flavors and food friendly acidity associated with the great wines of Italy make this wine a standout with red tomato sauces and high fat meats such as short ribs or cinghiale (‘wild boar’ in Italian).

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon: Red Mountain has long been Brian’s favorite source for Cabernet Sauvignon and the E & E Shaw, vineyard, owned and operated by Ed and Eve Shaw has ranked up there near the top. The 2011 vintage was much cooler than usual resulting in Brian making the decision not to make any 2011 Solesce. This spectacular wine, however, stood out above the rest and demanded to be bottled on its own.

Very dark in color, the wine has classic varietal characters of cassis and blackberry with added notes of cedar and coffee  in the aroma, running seamlessly  onto the palate. A Bordeaux like balance of well-integrated tannins and acids shows off a wine of both dimension and charm.  

2013 Merlot: This is our first Merlot under the ONE label.  Coming from the Olsen Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, this is one of the most outstanding blocks of Merlot in a state that makes a lot of great Merlot. Having tasted Merlot wines from all over the world, Brian maintains that Washington has the best expression of Merlot fruit from anywhere.

This wine is dark garnet in color, with intense and complex aromas including black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and pomegranate with hints of earth and toasted oak. The palate is round with just the right hints of tannin for aging and a balanced lengthy finish. 

 

Brian Carter Cellars Calendar

We are closed on the following days to allow our employees to enjoy the holiday
with their families.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

 

Wine and Chocolate Pairing Event - January 27, 2017  1-4pm 

Join us for a delicious afternoon with local chocolatier. Scarlata Untamed Chocolate will be serving up samples of their fine chocolates to enjoy with our European inspired blended wines.

Brian Carter Cellars Tasting Room
14419 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE | Woodinville, WA 98072 | 425.806.9463
Open 12-5pm, daily | Last tasting begins at 4:30pm
info@briancartercellars.com | www.briancartercellars.com


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Dec 18, 2017 at 1:17 PM
Brian Carter Cellars
November 15, 2017

Welcome

We welcome you to our monthly newsletter!  We have rejuvenated this newsletter to stay connected and share with you what’s happening at Brian Carter Cellars. You’ll find that it is filled with news, helpful hints and tips, future events, and even some recipes on occasion. If ever you don't wish to continue receiving it, simply click 'unsubscribe' at the bottom of any issue. We want this newsletter to be valuable for you so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve. Contact Us

This past September we said “Buongiorno” to Mike Stevens.  Mike along with Brian Carter founded Brian Carter Cellars in 2005.

Mike has been a passionate ambassador for the winery,” said Brian Carter.  “His relationships with our wine club members and those guests visiting our tasting room have contributed greatly to the success that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 12 years.

Moving forward, we would like to welcome to the team, Patti Youngbluth, as Sale and Marketing Director. She is primary responsibility for marketing our award-winning wines and to further develop our growing portfolio of regional and national accounts.  Brian Carter, will remain the company’s winemaker and assume the general manager position for Brian Carter Cellars.  “With several new investors and new management in place, I am incredibly optimistic as we enter a new era for Brian Carter Cellars, said Carter.

To that we raise a glass and wish Mike the best on his next adventure!

Harvest 2017

Wednesday, November 8th marked the end of harvest 2017 as we pressed off the last of our grapes! This year will be one to remember as we experienced some things we have not seen in previous vintages. Of course, every vintage has its own unique features and no two are the same. Due to a combination of wet weather early, hot temperatures in early September, and fairly cool temperatures in October made for an up and down journey, for both the grapes and the winemakers. These unusual conditions made it harder to choose picking times as both the sugar/acid numbers, and the flavors coming from the vineyards were harder to pin to past experiences. We certainly could say that all is well as the wines are tasting good coming out of fermentation. Of course, it is still very early to tell but overall, Brian is pleased with what he is tasting. In particular, some of the later picked red varieties such as Grenache, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot seem to be shining with good color intensity, nice fruit and acid balance.

Let the real winemaking begin!

Introducing the Brian Carter
Dedication Series - 2013 ACE

Cabernet Sauvignon / Syrah

I am very proud to introduce the Inaugural Edition of our Dedication Series of wines. My passion is making great blended wines and I offer a great selection of them, largely inspired by the classical blends of Europe. Never wanting to stand still, I am offering up a new series of blended wines outside of the box (but still inside the bottle). Each wine will be unique in its blend and unique in to whom it is dedicated. For our first of the series I have made a blend of two varieties less often blended in Europe but a blend rapidly becoming a Washington State Classic: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Brian pictured with his father and grandfather.

This wine is dedicated to my Grandfather A.W. "Nick" Carter who learned to fly before he learned to drive. During World War I he was stationed in France where he is credited with 17 air victories, earning several medals including the Distinguished Service Cross. He also had a very positive effect on my life and gave me many of my best memories as a young boy.  I have named this wine, one of distinguished character, 'ACE' after my beloved Grandfather Nick.

- Brian Carter  

More Information

Exclusive to Wine Club Members

Special Tasting with Array Cellars

November 18, 2017  2 - 5pm

Join us for an afternoon with Array Cellars in the Brian Carter Tasting Room. We have a special relationship with Array Cellars in that Brian Carter is also their winemaker. Their goal is to bring you three unique bottlings, each expressing something different but clearly Washington chardonnay. Join us for a fun afternoon of tasting.

2013 Washington State - Full ripe flavors of hazelnut, citrus, apple and vanilla. Good depth and a lingering finish with firm acidity.  Retail: $25  Wine Club: $21.25

2013 Celilo Vineyard - These old vine clones produce a wine with citrus/lemon aromas and flavors, powerful acidity, and a notable mineral finish. These vines have produced chardonnay aging well for 20 years and more, rivaling legendary counterparts Hanzell and Stony Hill in California.  Retail: $32  Wine Club: $27.50

2013 Dijon Clone - Taken from a single block of Dijon clone 76 in the Otis Harlan vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Believed to be the oldest such vines in the state. Our most burgundian wine, with a brilliant gold color, deep flavors of peach and marzipan, and a long silky finish from “sur lie” aging. Retail: $32  Wine Club: $27.50

Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

What will you be serving with your Thanksgiving dinner?

Question: Red, White or Rose? - A good and simple strategy for Thanksgiving wine is to offer a great bottle of each to allow your guests their choice. Plus, it's a good opportunity to introduce your guests to something new that they might not have tried before.

For a white wine, look for a wine with well-balanced acidity. The Oriana is the perfect choice for those that prefer traditional white wines. With its seductive aromas and perfect balance, its popularity just keeps soaring. The 2015 vintage is a richly aromatic wine, resplendent with tangerine, apricot, ripe pear and apple with touches of honey and anise. Crisp acidity greets the palate while mouth filling fruit flavors linger making this an excellent companion to any Thanksgiving table.

Whether your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is the turkey or the sweet potatoes, a good rosé will pair well with everything on the table. Abracadabra Rosé is a beautiful electric pink in color with aromas of ripe strawberries abound with more subtle notes of peaches and orange blossoms.  On the palate is bountiful fruit backed up by deliciously crisp acidity. It’s not too big, it’s not too small; as Goldilocks would say, if she were old enough to drink, it’s just right. 

For red wine, look for soft tannins that will yield to and blend with your dishes and will delight most red wine lovers without overpowering lighter turkey flavors. The ripeness of the 2012 Byzanse with its complex nose of bright red cherries, tar, white pepper and the garigue spice that you get walking the fields of Provence is the perfect complement for Thanksgiving. The wine explodes in your mouth with lots of bright fruit and finishes with a long slightly earthy mineral note. A great balance and a hint of tannin make this wine a great match for a wide range of foods, including your mother-in-law's stuffing recipe.


Ending on a Sweet Note - Well, what pairs with traditional thanksgiving desserts like Pumpkin or Pecan Pie? We suggest a glass of Opulento. Deep impenetrable garnet color, with aromas of raspberry, cherry and chocolate with hints of almond and orange peel. On the palate, this wine has opulent flavors of chocolate and berry fruits with a perfectly balanced and satisfyingly sweet finish.

Brian Carter Cellars Calendar

Special Tasting Event with Array Cellars - November 18, 2017 2-5pm

Closed for Thanksgiving - November 23, 2017

Wine and Chocolate Pairing Event - November 29, 2017 2:30-5pm  
Local Chocolatier, Wellington Chocolates
www.wellingtonchocolate.com

St. Nick's "Cure-ated" Wine Tasting Night - December 1, 2017 7-9:30pm
Join Brian Carter Cellars and forty other Woodinville wineries for a festival holiday event. Special guest chef Justin Severino, James Beard Award-nominee and owner of Cure Restaurant in Pittsburgh teams up with Novelty Hill Januiks executive chef Seth Fernald to host a special evening of Cure-ated food. 
Tickets are still available: brownpapertickets.com/event/3084927

Nov 15, 2017 at 9:36 AM
Brian Carter Cellars
August 22, 2016

Here we go again! Harvest 2016 is rapidly approaching. Chateau Ste. Michelle is harvesting Sauvignon Blanc starting this week! For Brian Carter Cellars, we are talking probably the first week of September for our first grapes. This week we start cleaning the harvest bins in anticipation of sending them out to our growers in time for them to pick into them. It is another early harvest but fortunately the warmth occurred early in April, May and June. The temperatures in July and August, at least up to now have been more moderate. For me the ideal would be to hold the daily highs between 80 and 90 degrees with nights cooling to the 50's. Those kinds of moderate temperatures hold the acidity and fruit while building deep color. Looks like excellent quality so far and a bit bigger crop than last year as well. I will keep you posted as I am over in the vineyards almost every week between now and the end of the October.

Meantime, Robert and I are putting together the 2015 blends. The Solesce, Trentenaire and Le Coursier are already racked and blended with the Corrida and Byzance happening in the next few days. And somehow I have to get a couple of days off to backpack in the mountains with my two sons (a 16 year annual tradition) before it all starts in earnest.

Valerie Valerah!

Aug 22, 2016 at 10:13 AM
Brian Carter Cellars
November 13, 2015

Try this great recipe for Sautéed Cherry Pan Sauce with Touriga Nacional ONE. Recipe by SizzleWorks

Nov 13, 2015 at 10:17 AM
Brian Carter Cellars
October 16, 2015

Vanilla Salted Chocolate Cherry Decadence

Chef Carol Dearth, Sizzleworks Cooking School

2 tablespoons Brian Carter Cellars Opulento
1/2 cup dried cherries
16 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla salt (1/2 teaspoon if using unsalted butter)
For Garnish: Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat two 8-inch false bottom tart pans** with cooking spray; set on large sheet pan, set aside. In a small bowl, pour Opulento over cherries, let stand to soak until ready to use.

Melt butter over low heat. When butter has melted add chocolate. Stir to combine. Let stand 5 minutes to melt chocolate, then stir again to smooth out.

Meanwhile whisk eggs in a large bowl with sugar and vanilla salt. Whisk until the mixture triples in volume, about 8 minutes. Fold in slightly cooled chocolate mixture. Strain cherries, reserving the Opulento; fold cherries into chocolate mixture. Spread in prepared pans.

Bake for 20 minutes. The center will be a little soft. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving. Center will sink as it cools. Holds up well in refrigerator.

To serve: Slice into thin wedges, plate on dessert plates and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Each tart serves 6-8.

** or one 1/4 sheet pan, lined with parchment paper. Makes 121 servings 1-inch squares.

Opulento Whipped Cream:
1 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar (I like to use brown sugar here)
reserved Opulento (from soaking cherries)
vanilla salt

In mixing bowl, combine cream and Opulento; beat to soft peaks. Spoon or pipe onto of cake; garnish with a sprinkle of vanilla salt.

Sizzleworks Cooking School
14111 NE 24th Street • Bellevue, WA 98007
425.644.4285
www.thesizzleworks.com

Oct 16, 2015 at 11:13 AM