Guardian Cellars

Week 41

Every Wednesday we feature a local winery for tastings…$5 buys you 3 tastings! Retail bottles will be available; the tasting fee will be applied toward your purchase, or enjoy a bottle with dinner for a $15 corkage fee.

Reservations highly recommended but not required.

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cop and a reporter meet, fall in love, and start a winery…

When Jerry met Jennifer he was known around the Woodinville wine scene as the chemist, turned cop, who was almost always around to help with wine work. Jerry had been volunteering 40-plus hours a week at several wineries, including Mark Ryan Winery and Matthews Cellars, assisting friends with harvest or in the tasting room. When Jerry and Jennifer opened the Guardian tasting room in November 2007, all 350 cases – a mix of Gun Metal, Syrah and Cabernet, were gone by the end of the day. When the 2005 vintage was released months later, it was gone within a few days. For harvest 2019, Jerry, Dane and the team produced 16 different wines between the two labels; a total of just over 9,000 cases.

From sandy soils of Conner Lee Vineyard, in the Columbia Valley; west to the petrified tree fossils lining the soil in StoneTree Vineyard, in the Wahluke Slope; southeast to the loam soils of Red Mountain, Guardian Cellar’s grapes are survivors. Their vines endure blistering Eastern Washington summers and icebox winters – they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? This torture by Mother Nature yields bold, structured and complex reds and rich, fruit-driven, whites.

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