Blaine wineries celebrate arrival of new vintages

Published on Thu, Apr 17, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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Blaine wineries celebrate arrival of new vintages

By Jack Kintner

Blaine’s two small artisan wineries are collaborating on a new release weekend on April 19 and 20, showcasing their new vintages for the coming year.

The six-year-old Glacial Lake Missoula Winery on Boblett Street and the newer Dakota Creek Winery on Haynie Road will both have new production for sale Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Glacial Lake Missoula’s owners, Tom Davis and Tracy DeGraff, are looking for new quarters since the former aircraft hangar they’ve rented since 2002 is slated to be torn down. “We’d like to stay in Blaine,” Davis said.

Davis and DeGraff will be selling Glacial Lake Missoula’s ultra premium Deluge 2004. “It’s a Cabernet Savignon,” Davis said, “what I’d call a big red with lots of oak, very full bodied.”

Davis buys his grapes from Yakima Valley’s Kestrel Vineyard but the entire winemaking process, including the four-year aging process in oak barrels, is done locally.

At $40 a bottle the wine is technically known as an ultra premium. Davis said he’ll also have other high end red wines available for comparison.

The Glacial Lake Missoula Winery is located at 1625 Boblett, immediately east of the Blaine airport off Odell Street and is normally open Saturdays only, although Davis said Glacial Lake Missoula will be open until 6 p.m. both days of the release event. For more information call 332-2097 or go to www.glmwine.com.

Ken and Jill Peck’s Dakota Creek Winery at 3575 Haynie Road is featuring their 2006 vintages including their popular Firefighter Red as well as a merlot, a cabernet and a syrah.

They also have a few cases left of Jill’s Blend, a blend of two-thirds syrah and the rest merlot and cabernet.

Jill Peck makes the popular blend by extracting it right off the lees, wine language for the sediment in the bottom of the barrel “where all the good heavy wine is,” said Ken Peck. “It makes for a very rich, deeply structured and full bodied wine, but she goes to a lot of work to get it and separate it out from all the solids with multiple rackings.” Price per bottle is $23.95.

Like Glacial Lake Missoula, the Pecks buy their grapes east of the mountains but do all the wine making here.

They will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20 and are offering a ten percent discount on all new wines.
For more information call the Dakota Creek Winery at 820-4752 or go to www.dakotacreekwinery.com.