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760 C Street
Walla Walla, WA, 99362
United States

(509) 241-0318

Corvus Cellars takes its name from Apollo’s raven in mythology, who suffers from eternal thirst.  That idea of “eternal thirst” resonated deeply with us… for wine, for passion, for balance.  Our passion is what led us to go “all in” in 2005.  We bottled our first vintage, bought raw dirt in Red Mountain and planted our vineyard.  Our goal, from the inception, has been to create limited production, world class wines that embody balance, depth and structure.   We are driven by our constant desire to fully showcase a wine’s unique quality....its "terroir", and to embrace the influences of the growing region, vineyard source, and all the micro-decisions throughout the wines’ life-cycle.  We continue to feed this passion and delight in sharing our end result with the people we encounter every day as we endeavor to quench our eternal thirst.   Corvus Cellars is about balance… from the earth… to the vine… to the wine.

We invite you to come visit us at the Port of Walla Walla Airport!

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Thoughts to Share

From time to time, we have something to share.

A NEW HOME FOR CORVUS CELLARS!

Randall Hopkins

Press Release

September 4, 2015

Walla Walla, WA

CORVUS CELLARS RELOCATES….BUT STAYS CLOSE.

After 5 years of operation at the Port of Walla Walla Winery Incubators, Corvus Cellars, has moved to a new location, 760 C Street, within the Airport District and will open for business on September 4, 2015.  Corvus Cellars celebrates its 10th year anniversary this year and this move represents an opportunity to have a larger production area and a full size tasting room.  

Randall Hopkins, (Winegrower, Co-winemaker and Owner) stated, “This new building with a much larger tasting room will provide us the ability to grow and also host wine events that were just not possible in such a small space.  We wanted to stay at the airport because of our marketing efforts over the last five years and because there are great synergies with the other airport wineries and businesses.”

Corvus Cellars, founded by Randall and Jennifer Hopkins and Steve Lessard, in 2005, have been making award winning wines that focus on balance, structure and depth.  Most of the winery’s fruit comes from Red Mountain, including estate grown grapes from Corvus Vineyard.

When asked about future plans, Randall commented, “I guess my practical side has come in handy as we are really about taking very calculated risks and not getting ahead of ourselves.  Slow growth and providing our customers with superior wine and great experiences is our focus.  We really like what we’ve done to the new place and are looking forward to being there for years to come.”  He also added, “The Port of Walla Walla has been great to work with and we love the Walla Walla community as well as all of our fellow winery brothers and sisters.”   Jennifer Hopkins added, “Steve (Lessard) and Randall are crafting some wonderful wines and we are very excited about our growing wine club, current and future releases.  It will be a delight to actually have some elbow room and in a tasting room that really expresses our personality.” 

Another feature that Corvus is excited to share is the addition of two Tesla charging stations at the winery.   Corvus started offering EV charging a few years back, but has recently been working with Tesla to add two 100amp charges.  They soon will be kicking off their new service with a program called “Juice up & Juice up!” The new winery location will be open Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm and by appointment.

For additional information, please contact Corvus Cellars at info@corvuscellars.com, call 509.241.0318 or visit www.corvuscellars.com

Spring 2015

Randall Hopkins

Spring is in the air and with the soils starting to warm up...grapevines begin to move and the start of the growing season begins.  Let's hope the sub-freezing temps are behind us as we look forward to nice spring.   This is always a magical time of the year when I am reminded how incredible the grapevine is and how it survives/grows in every state in the USA.  However, one would argue that not all states produce wine grapes that are worthy of making world class wines.  However, in Washington we are blessed with the perfect climate for vitis vinifera (wine grapes).

I am also very excited about our new releases, all five of them, and how four of them are 100% Red Mountain.  Always an interesting conversation about having Red Mountain wines in Walla Walla, but I think many of our fellow wineries understand the unique characteristics that come from Red Mountain fruit.   The same can be said about several of Washington's AVA's so nothing to take away from those areas as well.   I like (and pride) ourselves on the fact that we produce wines of distinction, the represent a sense of place.   As consumers and trade get more familiar with Red Mountain, that sense of place really stands out and our objective to produce limited world class wines is apparent.  I have said many times, "I don't want to rule the wine world, I just want to produce some Red Mountain wines that rule!"

Lots of activity in Walla Walla this year as we welcome visitors to Spring Release followed by a series of events across the state.  The big news around the Foo Fighters and Mumford and Sons coming to Walla Walla has caused quite the stir in the community as I think it just brings more interest to our small town that has international acclaim.

Food!  Something I think about a lot.  What are you pairing the Corvus wines with?  We'd love to hear some of your top pairings and have you share some photos back us with via email or one facebook/twitter.

Photos!  Where are you taking Corvus?  Restaurants, parks, vacations, special events?  Please share with us or better yet, post them on Facebook at Twitter.

Corvus enters it's 10th year.  Amazing experience, not always easy, but we can look back and said that we knew Nike was on to something when they said "just do it!"  We are thinking about a few special things this year to celebrate and will keep people informed as it does not mean as much without our happy customers celebrating with us.

Sante everyone and come visit us soon!

Randall

On the radio! In Miami

Randall Hopkins

Last month, I was on the iheart radio network with the Eat This Drink That Go! team out of Miami, Florida talking about Corvus wines.  The interview starts at 11:45 and ends at 17:40.  Thanks Jimmy Cefalo and Brenda Bassett for letting me ramble on about Corvus Cellars and Washington State wine.

http://clyp.it/bdqgiks5

 

I love the smell of fermentation in the morning!

Randall Hopkins

Smells like Victory!  Well, not yet but fermentation is a wonderful thing.  Our yeast friends are chomping down on the sugars and creating alcohol and CO2.  The winery is full of CO2 so we are airing things out as much as we can.  Fermentation is also our chance to do many things with the wine, but ultimately we are setting the stage for things that will pan out down the road.

2014 will go in the books as a warm year, we were blessed to have even maturation in the vineyard and being patient paid off for us as the fruit was well balanced and so far we really like what we are seeing and tasting.

What's next?  Well, as our wines go dry (all residential sugar consumed) then we will press off the remaining juice from the skins and all of the juice (wine) will go into oak barrels for the next step in the aging process (including ML fermentation).

The 2014 wines will age approximately 20 months give or take a month of two.   As we get closer to that date, we'll share out what wines are being blended and what will see its own label.

Fall Release is only weeks away...are you coming to Walla Walla?  You should!  Great time of year in the W2.  I am full of restaurant recommendations too :-)

 

Cheers!

 

Amazing Fall 2014!

Randall Hopkins

Is it really October 8th?  The weather continues to act like summer, being very stubborn about moving into Fall....sounds like me.  In reality, autumn is a wonderful time in Eastern WA as the leaves change color and we "eastsiders" get to experience all four seasons.   The grapes are moving along nicely as we seemed to have evaded early sugar spikes and allow for full maturation where flavors, sugars and acids develop in concert.  They're tasting yummy!

The Corvus Cellars event schedule continues to be robust for us as we look at activities happening in both the Puget Sound area as well as Walla Walla.   We continue to be blessed with great feedback and very strong word of mouth referrals.  I have said it many times, but it still holds true that the best marketing comes from those people that have experienced Corvus wines and decide to tell two friends.   Sounds like the Prell commercial right?  For all of those Corvus ambassadors, we thank you and continue the great work!

In the winery, we are playing around with a few things and getting ready to bring in the rest of the fruit.  For starters, we've crushed and pressed our Red Mountain Syrah and Cab Franc and we'll be starting ML soon.  The Syrah is looking amazing and the estate Cab Franc is looking good as well, let's see if it makes it to a stand alone wine for our club members.  What else?  Well, we are keeping that a surprise....but let's just say that PINK wine should have a place in your life.  More on that to follow.

Jen is preparing a note to our club members as we get ready to send out the Fall shipments. Stay tuned.

Happy autumn to everyone!

Randall

 

A New Look! A New Website!

Randall Hopkins

After months of frustration with our other website, I decided to dedicate the day creating a new one.  Given I am not one to shy away from a challenge, I found squarespace to be the cure to my pain.   Please take a look and let me know what you think.