The New Year is a time to start new things and they are taking that to heart at Covington Cellars Winery! Covington Cellars is ushering in the new year with a new brand, a newly renovated tasting room, a new chef and new babies! All of this is in addition to the Covington Cellar award winning wines that their loyal customers have come to love over the years.
Cindy and David Lawson are the proud owners of Covington Cellars, a boutique winery in the Woodinville Warehouse district, with David being the “wine guy” and Cindy successfully managing the business and marketing aspects of the winery. David’s passion for wine making began as a hobby but his inquisitive nature and dedication to learning led him to the UC Davis wine making program. He continues his pursuit for wine making knowledge through experimentation and seminars. As the success of Covington Cellars grew, so did its demands.
In May 2007, Morgan Lee joined the winery as assistant wine maker. Morgan comes from a hospitality and wine making background, graduating from Purdue and interning at Columbia Crest. Donovan joined the Covington Cellars family to assist David and Morgan in the winery. During harvest I was talking to these hardworking two via Facebook throughout the night, into dawn as they processed the grapes. Chelsea joined the Covington Cellars last year to organize their wine maker dinners, catering and special events. Now that we know something about the cast of characters, let’s check out what is new with Covington Cellars.
Morgan Lee, assistant wine maker, has been hard at work on a second brand. They are calling the II Vintners a second brand instead of a second label because these wines are being made with high quality juice, in Covington Cellars winery, by Morgan who also makes the Covington Cellars wines with David Lawson. These wines do have a different style and palate, that distinguishes them from the Covington Cellars line.
The first vintage of II Vintners was bottled over the summer and has been making a quiet debut at events like St Nick’s.
Currently, there are three II Vintners wines available:
- Pepper Bridge Vineyard Merlot– the flagship wine for this brand and retails for $28
- 2007 Syrah – 100% Syrah and retails for $21
- Lola – Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend named after Morgan’s black lab and retails for $25
These wines will not be sold through the tasting room but via a wine club. The II Vintners wine club will release six bottles, three times a year: January, June and September. The first official release party will be on January 23rd from 12-5pm. Tastings will be paired and admission to the release party is $5 to cover the cost of food and labor.
Over the summer, Covington Cellars undertook major renovations to both the tasting room and the winery. This has greatly increased the efficiency of the winery and if you have ever spent a day volunteering for a winery you will understand how important that can be. As a consumer you will appreciate how improvements in drainage, work flow, their lab and heating and cooling systems will ensure consistent high quality wines.
Covington Cellars is totally revamping their tasting room and have added a dining area for their wine maker dinners and their event space. As the work is being completed, the tasting bar is currently situated in the winery where you can see the great assortment of American, French and Hungarian wine barrels maturing the wine. The tasting room is open Friday through Sundays.
Chef Trinity Mack has been working with Covington Cellars for several years and joined the team as Executive Chef in 2009. Chef Mack is a true artist and her food is as creative as it is delicious. Working with the highest quality local ingredients is of the upmost importance to Chef Mack, and pairing wine and food is always a fun challenge for her. She’s always pushing herself to create an even more amazing pairing than the last. Chef Mack creates all of the menus for Covington Cellars’ Winemaker Dinners, Private Events and Catering. She lives in West Seattle with her family and her Chihuahua, Taco.
Donavon and Rachel just before Thanksgiving and Oliver was born right on time to Morgan and Sally just before Christmas. Poor little Justice has had to spend his life so far in the hospital due to some infections and other issues and although we’d surely rather have him home, we are thankful that the outlook is positive and we expect him home in the next couple of weeks.