Guardian Cellars coming soon!

The first release of wine from Guardian Cellars in Woodinville is almost here, and we are looking forward to it. Three wines will be released, including the long-awaited Gun Metal, on Nov. 17. The party runs from noon to 4 p.m., “complete with loud music, fabulous wines and catering from the best taco wagon in Western Washington.” 

Just what is Guardian Cellars? It’s a new winery project by Mark Ryan McNeilly (think about the exquisite wines from Mark Ryan Winery) and Jerome Edward Riener, who worked with Mark for six years while also becoming the unofficial champion of the Woodinville winemaker forklift derby. 

Guardian Cellars began with just two barrels of 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon that Jerry and Mark worked on between perfecting some fabulous wines for Mark Ryan Winery. This inaugural Cab is nicknamed “The Rookie” and will be joined by a 2004 Red Mountain Syrah and the 2004 Gun Metal.

Mark Ryan Winery fans will remember the 2003 Gun Metal, of course. The second vintage is now a staple at Guardian Cellars.

Come try it out and welcome Guardian Cellars to Woodinville!


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”