“Wine is sunlight, held together by water,” wrote Galileo Galilei. At Catriona Cellars, we believe great wine is a fine balance of so many factors, including grapes, sunlight, wine and the perfect timing in which each of those things occur and are brought into the wine-making process. We also believe that wine is inspiration, held together by love. We especially relish the creation of blends, where two or more grape varietals are brought together to create an ultimate marriage and mysterious alchemy of a signature, unique ‘best of both worlds” wine blend — a Catriona Cellars wine.
“Wines that are blended from different varietals are exciting and flavor components change with the slightest percent of adding an assortment of wine to any batch,” noted Catriona Cellars co-owner Woody Woodworth. “Premium blended wines will be the winery’s primary focus and signature wines will develop from varietals such as Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo and Bordeaux styles. The winery will produce many varietals including Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, various Blush and Fruit wines and a dessert-style wine. Demand can be met for nearly all of the offerings through our connections and relationships from growers and producers in California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.”
Woodworth was recently awarded two silver and one bronze medals for his wine entries in the 2013 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition, the largest wine competition of its kind in the world. Woodworth’s silver medals were awarded in the categories of Sauvignon Blanc and Other Red Vinifera Blends. His bronze medal was awarded in the category of Other Red Vinifera Varietals. This year’s competition included a record 4,564 entries and involved 2,282 total judging hours based on the UC Davis 20-point scale evaluating appearance, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression. Entrants represented all 50 states, 8 Canadian provinces and 9 countries in total. Based on the pedigree of Woodworth’s wine-making skills and national awards, the Catriona Cellars label is clearly destined for greatness.
Wine is meant to paired with food that is delicious, fresh, exquisitely flavored and carefully chosen created to enhance your wine drinking experience. Pairing food with wine is intended to create a balanced, synergetic experience where the sum is greater than its parts. The Cafe at Catriona will offer menu items that are designed to pair well with our handcrafted wine blends, offer a delicate balance of salty, savory, spicy and sweet flavors and surprise and delight your palate with a result that marries all tastes together for a delightful new experience that produces a memorable result.
Catriona Cellars’ executive chef, Patricia McClelland, joins our team with more than 30 years of experience in the food science and fine dining industries, and will be overseeing The Café at Catriona, a ‘small plates’ restaurant located on the grounds of the new winery. A highly creative culinary artist with a passion for locally sourced food, McClelland enjoys the opportunity to include produce, meats and cheeses from the immediate region. An avid gardener, she often maintains a kitchen garden to provide fresh vegetables and herbs for the cuisine she designs for the dining establishments of which she has been a strong contributor.
Chef McClelland is excited by the local, seasonal ethos that is part of the spirit of the Catriona Cellars’ commitment to excellence. “Wine is meant to be paired with fresh, delicious and seasonal foods,” noted McClelland. “And if I can bring them from local sources, all the better.”
Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering, a larger party, reception or an elegant dinner party, Catriona Cellars offers several beautiful venues that are perfect for your event. The Courtyard at Catriona can accommodate a casual gathering for about 50, while The Cafe at Catriona can provide a intimate setting for 34. Our gorgeous and elegant Cellar at Catriona can seat an intimate party of eight. We will work with you to plan the perfect gathering for your special event and host your guests as if they were our own family.
Call us at 719-481-3477 to make an appointment to discuss your upcoming event. We look forward to greeting and hosting your guests as if they were members of our own family.