Live Tastings

We hope you are doing well at home. Now is a great time to learn and Claar Wine Group is offering virtual educational tastings each Thursday starting April 23, and running for six weeks. Everyone is welcome to listen in on Facebook Live. Join our winemaker Israel Zenteno and owner John Whitelatch for a short history on the wine of the week, with a tasting and Q&A to follow. We would love you to taste along, and we are offering Specials on the wines that will be tasted. One, three and six bottle shippers will be discounted the week before their tasting, and a 12 shipper with one of each of the wines to be tasted during the events will be on sale. The wines will be:

April 23    Claar Cellars 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay and Claar Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

April 30    Claar Cellars 2017 Riesling and Claar Cellars 2015 Merlot

May 7 Claar Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Claar Cellars 2016 Cabernet-Merlot

May 14    Library Wines – 2012 Claar Cellars Late Harvest and 2011 Claar Cellars Syrah 

May 21 Library Wines – 2009 Claar Cellars Sangiovese and 2010 Claar Cellars Sangiovese

May 28 Library Wines – 2013 Le Chateau Petit Verdot and 2013 Le Château Cabernet Sauvignon

Please check out our specials. Join us for our Virtual tastings and if you would like to taste along be sure to order early. We will still be delivering in 1-2 days in the Tri-Cities. Order the week of April 13 for our 1st Virtual tasting on April 23. 

Order online. WA residents will receive $15 FEDEX shipping and those in the Tri-Cities can have their order delivered to their home by winery personnel. Please include a valid phone number with your order, and we will contact you to arrange delivery. 

FedEx is not making multiple delivery attempts in some areas so please make sure someone will be home to sign for your delivery, or have your package held at a FedEx pickup location.

Play some Games with us!

We hope all our loved ones and friends are safe today in this uncertain time. We are going to drink some 2010 Claar Cellars Syrah and try to forget this whole mess.

From March 15th until this whole thing blows over, we will be closing our tasting room and production facility to visitors.  

We are offering flat rate shipping of $15.00 on all orders in Washington, and free home delivery or pickup in the Tri-Cities for any order of three bottles or more. When you place an order, we will call to schedule a delivery time. 

We’ve prepared a few pairings for you, a little entertainment and wine to pass the time. Claar Cellars is not affiliated with these products, and these are not affiliate links. We make no money from clicking or purchasing, we are simply trying to offer some suggestions to customers who are stuck at home for longer than usual. Have a favorite game here you want to share with us? Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram and show us your game night!

Looking for something to do with children in the house? We recommend Quirkle or Bananagrams.

These games are quick to learn, educational, with unlimited replay value. Good for small groups (2-4) of any age, these are a solid gaming room staple next to a deck of cards and a checkerboard. 

Just you and a spouse or friend and looking for a co-operative night in? How about Codnames Duet or Robinson Crusoe Adventures, two games that players work together to overcome the obstacles.  Uncork a bottle of 2010 Syrah and try to solve the puzzles together.
And if none of those suit your fancy, can your relationships survive classic Monopoly?

We’ll be including a copy of one of these games, of your choice, while supplies last, with any case order home delivery starting Monday 3/23. (We need a few days to get them in stock!)

Be safe everyone, and we’ll get through this together!


The Whitelatch Family, and the Claar Cellars Staff.

Isreal Zenteno joins us as Head Winemaker

Bob, James, Crista, and John would like to welcome Israel Zenteno to our family. Israel joins us from 15 years at Monte Xanic winery in Baja California, Mexico’s premier winery, where he had worked as Operations Manager/Winemaker. His attention to detail and dedication to quality will be an excellent fit to continue the legacy of our wine.

We are sad to say goodbye to Dave Harvey, who’s brief tenure left a great impact on us. We wish him well on his new adventure with Naked Wines and safe travels.

Israel Zenteno, left, with Dave Harvey at White Bluffs Vineyard

Israel brings experience with both vineyards and organizational management, helping to streamline production and reduce waste. His work with ISO standards, and developing Monte Xanix from 30 to 80 thousand cases will aid us in growth over the next phase of our development. Claar Wine Group is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, and we continuously strive to reduce inputs, avoid unnecessary stress on the wine, and use industry-leading techniques to develop quality wine in a healthy and sustainable way.

“We grow the coal and provide the pressure, it’s up to the winemaker to turn in into diamonds. I think Isreal has the experience and skill to do that.” – James Whitelatch, Operations Manager/Owner, Claar Wine Group

We look forward to our first harvest with Israel and tasting his first blends with our new bottling next spring.

Free Stickers Label Packs!

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Do you collect stickers? Then you’ve come to the right place. We are taking sticker labels that are featured on all our wines and bundling them up for you! Just go here and fill out this form!

Free Sticker Pack

We are offering a label pack to anyone who signs up for our email newsletter, free of charge. You may opt-out at any time. We don’t sell or share your information with anyone, please be 21 years of age or older and drink responsibly! We are only shipping these packs to the United States.

This is one of the possible labels, they are randomized.

If you’re looking for ideas on what to do with these labels check out our Pinterest board on wine crafts!

We also have boards for wine cork and bottle crafts too!

Don’t forget to check out our other blog posts and upcoming ones about Harvest 2019!

Vineyard Row Cover Crop

As part of our LIVE sustainable certification, we limit the number of raw materials (inputs such as pesticides, fertilizer, water, chemicals, fuel, etc.) used in vineyard and winery production. We strive to develop proactive and preventative, sustainable agricultural practices. These include the use of integrated pest management, beneficial cover crops, and manual weed control.

Instead of having cleared ground between our rows we keep a row cover to prevent wind erosion as well as habitat for beneficial insects and in the hopes that cutworm stay in the weeds instead of crawling up the plants to eat grape buds in the spring!  We use drip irrigation on the vines so there is no water for the row middles. We mow early in the season and then let them go to seed, so we have new growth for the next year. By the middle of July, they have used up the moisture from the winter and start to die off. This way they can still give us erosion control without needing more labor.

In the Vineyards: Fruit Set

The stage of fruit set follows flowering almost immediately, when the fertilized flower begins to develop a seed and grape berry to protect the seed. This stage is very critical for wine production since it determines the potential crop yield. Not every flower on the vine gets fertilized, with the unfertilized flowers eventually falling off the vine.

It’s National Wine and Cheese Day!

Happy National Wine Day! These two tasty treats pair well together. Checkiday.com states that “One reason certain wines and cheeses began being paired together is they were from the same locations. Going back generations, some cheeses and wines that have been paired have come from the same village, or even from the same farm.”

Get out your cheese board and uncork that new bottle of wine and try out some of these tips for pairing cheese and wine together in harmony!

1. Bold red wines pair well with aged cheeses.  

2. Firm Nutty Cheeses pair well with most wines.

3. The Smelly or blue cheeses pair well with sweeter wines to offset their “funk.”

4. Creamy soft cheese pair well with sparkling wines with high acidity.

5. Experiment with what you enjoy – we can tell you what we think works, but your taste buds know best!

Wine Folly even has a poster to give you a reference guide you can hang in your kitchen.

Happy 4th of July from Claar Cellars

We hope today is filled with fun, family and friends. The Whitelatch family enjoy watching fireworks and eating tasty food.

And don’t forget! We are having a Red, White and Cheers Sale! Save 15% off all our white wine no code needed! If you’re a wine club member save 25%! Start Shopping at Claar Cellars

Around the Vineyard: Budding and Flowering

FLOWERING  

Depending on temperatures, 40–80 days after bud break the process of flowering begins with small flower clusters appearing on the tips of the young shoots looking like buttons. Flowering occurs when average daily temperatures stay between 59–68 °F which in Eastern WA is generally around May. A few weeks after the initial clusters appear, the flowers start to grow in size with individual flowers becoming observable. It is during this stage of flowering that the pollination and fertilization of the grapevine takes place with the resulting product being a grape berry, containing 1-4 seeds.

FRUIT SET

The stage of fruit set follows flowering almost immediately, when the fertilized flower begins to develop a seed and grape berry to protect the seed. This stage is very critical for wine production since it determines the potential crop yield. Not every flower on the vine gets fertilized, with the unfertilized flowers eventually falling off the vine.

New Vines

Controlling the direction of the growth is important in the new vines to give easy access for air flow management, sun management, and provide adequate support for stress-free vines. When young vines are being trained, the green tape helps to hold the two producing vines, or ‘cordon’, to the wire. Our smallest vines still have milk cartons around the base, which we use in lieu of snow banks to help keep the young vines insulated during the winter. We purchase end-run or over-stock milk cartons from various dairies, and the waxy paper stands up to the water and helps keep the vines protected from wind, snow, and nosy small animals. After two or three years the vines are strong enough, and the tattered milk cartons are collected, their work is done.