Drink Wine, Save Salmon

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Duke’s Seafood Restaurants, along with Damsel Cellars and Train Front Man, Pat Monahan, launched Up River Red® in the Spring of 2023 to help protect and restore Pacific Northwest wild salmon populations. Up River Red® is sourced from Candy Mountain, one of Washington’s most exciting AVAs.

Up River White® was launched in Spring of 2024 with fruit sourced from Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Both wines are sold at all seven of Duke’s Seafood locations, and at special events at Duke’s Dockside. A fundraising event to save wild salmon was held in the spring of 2023 sponsored by Train, Damsel Cellars, and Duke’s Seafood and featuring the 2021 vintage of Up River Red®.

Collectively, the group donates proceeds from the wine and events to a select group of non-profit organizations that focus on Pacific Northwest wild salmon populations

Up River Red®

2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Candy Mountain AVA, Washington

474 Cases Produced for Duke’s Restaurants by Damsel Cellars of Woodinville, WA

Future Vintages are planned for release in 2024 and 2025 will be Sustainable WA certified.

PROFILE

Varietals: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Merlot

Vineyards: Candy Mountain Vineyard, Candy Mountain AVA Discovery Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Harvest Date: Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec - September 21, 2021
Merlot - September 9, 2021

Bottling Date: January 18, 2023

Alcohol: 14.8% by vol.

Vinification: Each variety was destemmed and fermented separately. Barrels were racked twice and blended prior to bottling.

Oak: Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak and 50% once-used and neutral barrels.

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of deep red and black fruit, dried sage and black pepper. On the palate, classic black currant, ripe plum, cedar shavings and a note of cigar box. A burst of intense dark fruit and a vibrant mid-palate, these varietals create a dynamic wine with a medium-full body, firm tannins and a long finish.

PAIRINGS

Because this wine is comprised mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon, the pairings can range from a boldly flavored fish or poultry dish to an easy filet mignon with peppercorn sauce. Don’t make it too complicated but consider balancing the bigger tannins with a good amount of fat and protein.

Up River White®

2023 Sauvignon Blanc, McNary Vineyard, Washington

174 Cases Produced for Duke’s Restaurants by Damsel Cellars of Woodinville, WA

Future Vintages are planned for release in 2024 and 2025 will be Sustainable WA certified.

 PROFILE

Varietals: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon

Vineyards: McNary Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Dineen Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA

Harvest Date: Sauvignon Blanc - August 24, 2023
Semillon - September 21, 2023

Bottling Date: February 1, 2024

Alcohol: 12.3% by vol.

Vinification: Destemmed and pressed. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank separately then sterile filtered and blended before bottling.

TASTING NOTES

Classic Sauv Blanc aromas of lime pith, bright green herbs and a hint of ripe stone fruit pour from the glass. On the palate, it's fresh and juicy Meyer lemon, champagne mango and firm apricot with a touch of golden apple and almond.

PAIRINGS

A wine suitable for a welcome glass pour with a light round of appetizers on the patio or a bottle to pair with your favorite bright seafood dish. If you’re feeling adventurous, a contrasting flavor pairing is always fun to add some zip and cut through heavier cream sauces, chowders and buttery shellfish.

Candy Mountain Vineyard Sunset
Candy Mountain AVA, courtesy Seth Kitzke
Candy Mountain grapevines close up with blue sky
Candy Mountain AVA, courtesy Seth Kitzke
Candy Mountain Vineyards
Candy Mountain Vineyards