Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Buy Local, Give Local event this last Saturday! Together, we were able to raise $250 for Royal Family Kids in Pasco, and enjoy some great wine. It was such a fun time and we can’t wait to catch up with more of you. We are looking forward to warmer weather and sharing our Spring Releases here soon. Cheers!
Harvest is a busy, yet rewarding time of year for the Kitzke family.
Waking up every morning to the crisp air and feeling the first light warmth of the sun peaking through the vines. The smell of the vineyard and fresh cut clusters surrounds you as you pick the mature grapes that you have been nurturing the whole year for this perfect moment. Hoping that you captured the perfect balance of sugar & acidity to express your terroir.
Relieved that half of the process is over, we continue forward knowing the next steps of obsession are starting: sorting, crushing, and monitoring fermentation. This is a very time consuming yet magical process. Simultaneously tasting the wines throughout fermentation while waiting for that perfect balance of flavor & tannin before it is pressed into barrels for the next two years.
We put our all into the vineyards & cellar in hopes of sharing another amazing vintage with you. Thank you for your continued support and inspiration. A big thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered their time to help us during harvest! We can’t wait to share the vintages to come! cheers!
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! We couldn’t say it enough. Your generosity helped us raise just under $16,000 dollars to send kids to Royal Family Kids Camp. Beating out last years total by $3,000 dollars! Thank you to all of the wineries that donated & volunteers that really made this event successful! Cheers!
Yakima Valley Spring barrel 2015 was a blast! Friday was a great time and we got our pouring hands warmed up. Saturday was crazy, with so many people that had never been to our tasting room before. Meeting new people and keeping the glasses full is what it is all about. Sunday was a little more mellow, which lead to quality conversation and talking a little more in depth about our wines. Telling our story behind the newly released 2012 Janaina Sensacaø Red and 2012 Nebbiolo from Red Mountain. As expected our 2010 Double Gold Cabernet Franc was a hit and our 2012 Nebbiolo from Red Mountain was a crowd favorite. Our Double Platinum 2009 Monte Caramelle sold out, along with our 2010 Best of Class Malbec. (Don’t worry if your in wine club we have your shipment filled!) All in all the weekend was a great success and we met and reconnected with so many great people. Thank you to those who brought in purses for our Royal Family Kids fundraiser and cheers to those who grabbed bottles to share with family and friends!
2014 was one for the books at Kitzke Cellars! Celebrating a year of success and raising a glass to one of our most memorable years yet. A great vintage is in the works for 2014 and our 2009 & 2010 vintages are showing extremely well. We greeted 2015 by watching fireworks explode off the Space Needle and plenty of sparkling wine. 2015 marks Kitzke Cellars 10 year anniversary and we have something special coming your way. Although I have to keep you in the dark about this for now I will recap some of our 2014 stand out moments…
SEATTLE WINE AWARDS 2014
This years showing at the Seattle Wine Awards was awesome. Our Cabernet brought in another double gold for our 2009 vintage. We knew 2008 was going to be a hard year to match but we tried our best and it paid off. The back to back Double Gold Kitzke Cabernet is really starting to make a name for itself.
Next up was our 2010 Cabernet Franc, and it is a true stunner. This vintage was a little colder than 2009 and really brought out some amazing characteristics earning a Double Gold for itself.
Rounding things up is our 2009 Monte Caramelle Blend. This Tuscan style blend was awarded a Gold for its complex layering of Sangiovese 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, and Syrah 20%.
TRI-CITIES WINE FESTIVAL
Tri-Cities Wine Festival brings in sommeliers from all over the nation to judge the entries. It is judged in a blind format so an unbiased opinion is guaranteed. Kitzke Cellars took home Best of Varietal and Double Golds for our 2013 Viognier and 2010 Cabernet Franc.
Other awards include; 2010 Cabernet Gold, 2012 Nebbiolo Silver, 2013 Rosé Nebbiolo Silver, 2010 Monte Caramelle Silver, 2011 Sangiovese Silver.
WINE PRESS NORTHWEST PLATINUM
On Christmas Eve we received a early Christmas present. We received the news that our 2009 Monte Caramelle had received a Double Platinum award from Wine Press Northwest. Since 2000 Wine Press Northwest has been taking Double Gold and Gold metal wines from 35 or more wine competitions and then judging the best of the best. If you are interested in learning more about the way this contest is judged check out Wine Press NorthWest article HERE.
MOST IMPORTANTLY WE WANT TO THANK YOU OUR CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS FOR HELPING US THROUGH ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR. WHETHER YOU PART WAS HELPING WITH EVENTS & THE TASTING ROOM, OR JUST SHARING A GLASS WITH US. YOU ARE OUR INSPIRATION AND PEOPLE ARE WHAT WE CARE ABOUT AT KITZKE CELLARS.
Cheers to a new year!
Kitzke Cellars double gold cabernet and cabernet sauvignon are now available at Harbor Greens in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. Pick up a bottle for the holiday season and make sure you toss a couple Upsidedown Method Reds in the cart while your there!