Friday, November 21, 2014

2012 Artist Series Featured Artist: Katherine Ace year Rick and Darcey chose a painting for the “Artist Series” label. Over the years they have found the artists’ work in galleries, have had friends and customers suggest artists and have had artists contact them to submit work. Katherine Ace was recommended by a previous “Artist Series” artist. The Smalls viewed her work online and were particularly taken with her still-lifes.  When contacted, Katherine was very interested in having her work used for the label and a meeting was arranged in Portland. While viewing the still-lifes at a gallery Katherine mentioned that she was creating a new series based on Grimm’s fairy tales and offered to open her studio so that they could be seen. “Sleeping Beauty” was captivating as is the tale, and the Smalls ended up purchasing her as opposed to a still-life for the 2012 "Artist Series" label. "Sleeping Beauty" is the first “Artist Series” label that depicts a figure.

In Grimm’s tale the sleeping beauty, Briar Rose, is cursed to one hundred years of sleep when she pricks her finger on a spindle. Thorns, depicted in the painting, grow over the castle hiding it from view. Finally a handsome prince comes to the rescue and they live happily ever after. The story can be found at

Katherine was born in Chicago in 1953 and received a BA from Knox College, Illinois, in 1975. She works in alkyd/oil on canvas.

Between 1974 and 1990 she lived on three US coasts, in two mountain ranges, in remote rural rentals, in major cities and never in one place for long. Her continuing eclectic education consisted of pursuing a smorgasbord of work: a street portrait artist in New Orleans, a potter in Vermont, commissioned copyist, corporate portraitist, advertising/ magazine/ book and textbook artist. In January 1990 Ace moved to Oregon and established a permanent studio. She has had 32 solo shows since 1992.

Katherine will be joining us at the winery for Holiday Barrel Tasting, Dec. 5th - 7th to talk about her work and sign bottles.

Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Harvest is Just Around the Corner!

At the winery and Estate Vineyard we are getting ready for harvest. With all the heat this year, we expect harvest to be earlier than normal so we are busy getting prepared. have been seeing veraison in our Estate Vineyard for several weeks now. Veraison is the term used to describe the time when grapes change their color and begin the ripening process. We see red wine grapes turning from green to a pinkish-mauve color and eventually to a dark purple. The process is harder to see with white wine grapes, but they turn from green to a more yellowish color, and the skins transition from opaque to translucent. It's an exciting time in the vineyards because we know that harvest is not far off. Soon Rick and Kevin will be walking the vineyards weekly, tasting the berries and then bringing in bucket-fulls of samples to be tasted and evaluated for sweetness, acidity, tannin, and overall flavor development. These evaluations are how we decide when the fruit is ready to be picked.

We have also started receiving barrels to the winery. Each year we buy a certain amount of new barrels. These barrels all come from France and typically arrive starting in mid to late summer. This is also the time when we pull our old, empty barrels our of storage and begin the process of cleaning them and checking for leaks. next step is cleaning. Cleaning, cleaning cleaning! The cellar crew has started washing all of the bins we use to put the grapes in as they are picked and transported back to the winery. Next will be cleaning all the winemaking equipment - sorting table, crusher-destemer, hoses, presses, tanks, pumps, and other tools.

One of the last things we do before harvest is finish all of our bottling for the year. The barrels and tank space are needed for the upcoming harvest. We just wrapped up our bottling this past week with the last of the 2012 red wines. this heat continues, we should be harvesting our Estate sauvignon blanc by the end of this month. Then begins two months of long days and hard work. But we love it! And it's all worth it when we get to meet a wine buyer from Tokyo who loves our 2011 Old Vines and recommends it to his guests or we meet a customer in the tasting room who can't wait until we release our next vintage of barbera.

Swing by the tasting room this fall to get a feel for what all the harvest excitement is about. We'll have daily updates in the tasting room about what's being crushed, pumped, and pressed in the cellar!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Only a Few Seats Left for our Pre-Harvest Dinner!
Seattle’s Sager Small and Matt Kendall return to prepare a Mediterranean-inspired menu using an array of fresh produce from Woodward Canyon’s Lazy S Arrow garden. The dinner will be perfectly paired with Woodward Canyon wines hand selected by Rick, including a special library selection. Make your reservations today; only seven seats left!

The price of the dinner is $145 per person. Tickets are available for purchase and are non-refundable. Please contact the winery to purchase your ticket or if you have any questions.

Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Woodward Canyon Winery, 11920 West Highway 12, Lowden, WA 99360       
Contact: Courtney at (509) 525-4129 or for reservations

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Article from Great Northwest Wine
We were just featured in a recent article from Great Northwest Wine.

Make Woodward Canyon your destination this summer for lunch in the Reserve House, a classic or reserve flight in our tasting room, or to enjoy a picnic and relax with a glass of wine in the garden!

Friday, June 27, 2014

The latest scores are out from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate!

We are excited to share the most recent scores from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

2011 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon - 94+
2011 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon - 94
2011 Estate Reserve Red Wine - 94 (Not yet released)
2011 Columbia Valley Merlot - 90

Thanks to Rick, Kevin, and the rest of our winemaking team for doing such a great job with a challenging vintage!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In honor of Chardonnay Day, Thursday, May 22, all weekend in the tasting room we will be pouring both our 2012 Washington Chardonnay and our 2012 Celilo Chardonnay. The Celilo Chardonnay will be poured for this weekend only, and we are offering a special tasting room price on the Washington Chardonnay of $35 a bottle (for purchases of 6 or more bottles through the end of May). 

In our Reserve House Restaurant we will be pairing chardonnay with our Chicken Piccata, and Chef Chad is working on a scallop special, also to pair with our chardonnay

Come celebrate Chardonnay Day with us all weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

We will be participating in the upcoming OSO NEEDS CASH event on Tuesday, April 22 to help raise money for the victims of the Oso, WA mudslide. The event will take place at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Attendees will sip wine from a selection of top Washington wineries, enjoy a bite to eat from participating restaurants, and will have the opportunity to bid on auction items.  Bruce Pavitt, founder of Sub Pop Records, will also be on hand spinning records.

We will be pouring our 2011 Columbia Valley Merlot and our 2003 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon. All proceeds from the event will go directly to United Way of Snohomish County. They were chosen because they have committed to giving 100% of the funds directly to families in the area. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased through Tom Douglas' website.  If you can't make it but still want to contribute, you can buy a ticket that will be given to a culinary student from one of the local community colleges.

This wine tasting fundraiser was created by Seattle chef Tom Douglas and winemaker Charles Smith. and in partnership with Ethan Stowell Restaurants and the Huxley Wallace Collective.