Wine Press Northwest has named Clearwater Canyon Cellars Idaho Winery of the Year for 2015.Owned by Karl and Coco Umiker of Lewiston, Clearwater Canyon Cellars’ wine features grapes grown in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. In 2014 they grew 80 percent of their grapes in the valley. The couple owns a vineyard in the Lewiston Orchards and sells their wine at a winery in the Port of Lewiston. Many of their wines have won awards since the couple’s first vintage in 2004.
In a 2014 interview, Coco Umiker described the valley’s unique terrior to Inland 360:
Umiker: “There’s a fresh minerality, a smell that is so refreshing and beautiful. It has great color and a full-mouth feel in both reds and whites. It’s very similar to Walla Walla wines. It’s really a neat note people should look for.”