Treveri

Karlee ReynoldsWe finally visited Washington’s incredible Treveri Cellars, just south of Yakima, and are still trying to figure out why it took us so long. Treveri is a family-owned sparkling wine house, which has served its bubbles at White House State Department receptions and the James Beard Foundation in New York. After tasting pours from numerous bottles offered by our amazing hostess, Karlee Reynolds, we understand why there is such a buzz. For example, Karlee, a hospitality queen, told us that about 1,000 people stopped by the tasting room over the Memorial Day weekend. Of note, prices of the bottles represent an affordable luxury.

 Treveri Story

FireplaceCo-owner and head winemaker Juergen Grieb and his co-owner/general manager wife Julie opened their beautiful Treveri Cellars tasting room in late 2010. Their son Christian is also a winemaker, and completed the UC Davis Winemaking Certificate program. And their daughter Katie is senior VP of marketing, after holding a similar position at a Fortune 500 company. Together, they launched Treveri with a mission to put Washington sparkling wine on the map. They succeeded. Among many awards and achievements, Treveri poured their wine for the US State Department and the James Beard Foundation.

Vineyard

Juergen holds winemaking and sparkling winemaking degrees from Germany, and experienced 40 harvests to date. He and Christian always use the traditional method (Méthode Traditionnelle) to produce a wide lineup, including traditional sparkling wine grapes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in addition to Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and others.

The Griebs organically farm several estate vineyards in the Yakima Valley for their vine-to-bottle production process. As well, they source grapes from a few other vineyards including Hilltop, Upland, Den Hoed and Marchant.

The price of the wide array of wines we tasted ranged from $16-$35, from zero dosage — the driest offering — to fruit-forward sparklers.

Treveri Cellars Bubbles

Blancs ($16-$20)

Three Blanc de BlancsBlanc de Blancs Brut ($16) established the Treveri brand in 2010, and is the most well-known in their portfolio. This is 100% Chardonnay with flavors of green apples, pears, citrus and brioche. Treveri served it at the US State Department.

Blanc de Blancs Brut Zero  ($16) is a bone-dry sparkling wine, with zero residual sugar and tiny persistent bubbles. Brut Zero is 100% Chardonnay, enticing with hints of citrus and melons. Treveri Cellars also poured this stunner to the US State Department.

Blanc de Noir means “white from black.” In other words, minimal skin contact of 100% Pinot Noir grapes prevents a red wine from forming. Blanc de Noir ($20) features small bubbles that smell and taste like strawberries, raspberries, red apples and brioche.

More Sparklers ($16-$28)

Four Treveri sparklersThree More Sparklers

 

 

 

 

Treveri Rosé ($18) reminds us of strawberries, watermelon and rhubarb, and is a popular crowd-pleaser. Juergen  and Christian blended Syrah and Chardonnay (50% each) in this award-winning wine that they consequently served at the US State Department.

Riesling Demi-Sec ($17) is semi-dry and all about the minerality. We tasted apricots,  peaches, honey and apples, which was a total delight.

Celebration Cuvée – as the name suggests – is a party wine that is 100% Riesling and a little bit sweeter, with notes of apples, apricots, tangerines and a hint of flint. If you purchase this cuveé ($20) for a wedding, you’ll receive a discount. Celebrate!

Gewürztraminer Demi-Sec ($17) reels you in with its rich spice flavors, along with notes of melons, tropical fruit and honey. (The German word for “spice” is “gewürz.” ) We found it lightly sweet but also tart. Moreover, Juergen served this 100% Gewürztraminer at the James Beard Foundation in New York City.

Dry Gewürztraminer Brut ($25) doesn’t have as much spice as the demi-sec, and is drier, with flavors of pineapple, papaya, oranges and a hint of minerality. We really liked it, but we loved the demi-sec.

Sauvignon Blanc ($28) is a refreshing sip of bubbles, tasting of citrus and green apples.

Chenin Blanc ($27) is delicious, with a mouthfeel of apples, quince, almonds and honey.

Syrah and Brut Prestige ($20-$35)

Treveri SyrahTreveri Brut PrestigeSyrah Brut ($20) combines flavors of blackberries, cherries and raspberries with typical Syrah notes of pepper and spice. In 2011, this unique 100% Syrah sparkler generated national attention when poured at the US State Department.

Brut Prestige ($35) blends Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) into a stunning glass of strawberries, quince, almonds and baked bread. This special bottle was not only the last taste of the day, but also one of the bottles we brought home.

Summary

In conclusion, we will definitely return to Treveri Cellars, and highly recommend you make it a stop on your travels through Washington’s wine country. Specifically, the location is beautiful, the hospitality superb, the wines are gorgeous, and the prices are about $16-$35. Further, you can also purchase small plates to pair with your bubbles.

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Cheers!
Margot and Dave