Chatter Creek was founded as a winery in 1996 by Gordon Rawson in Woodinville, WA.
Gordon started making wine and cider as a hobbyist while he was working for a fine wine distributor in the Seattle area. In 1987, he parlayed his enthusiasm for winemaking into a job at Columbia Winery where the style of management was to have the staff be involved in all aspects of the winemaking process. This allowed Gordon to both observe and participate in the artistic side of winemaking.
Starting in 1996, Gordon founded Chatter Creek Winery to make sparkling wines. He soon expanded into still reds and whites from select Washington vineyards.
In 2000, after working for Columbia Winery as Cellarmaster for almost a decade, Gordon struck out on his own to focus solely on Chatter Creek.
Gordon knows cider is essentially a wine made from apples. In 2015 he decided to return to his roots and apply his considerable winemaking experience to making fine ciders using Washington state apples and the finest whole ingredients.
At Chatter Creek, we apply a wine maker’s sensibility to the crafting of contemporary ciders.
Whether the cider is an all apple golden cider or a spice infused modern cider, we strive for the complete experience of aroma, structure, length and finish.
I began making wine in the early 80’s as a home winemaker. Some of the first wine I made was from fresh apple juice purchased from the local grocery. It was great stuff to practice with, but wanting to be a “serious” winemaker, I moved on to grapes and wine-making as a vocation. Throughout the years as a professional winemaker I’ve been called on to make many types of fruit wines and mead but never made it back to apple. I started Chatter Creek Winery in 1996, making sparkling and still wines. The idea of working with apples again languished on the “that’d be fun to do” list.
A few years or so ago, after a particularly awful day of not doing winemaking at the winery, I grabbed a couple of carboys and some yeast, stopped at the store for apple juice on my way home, and The Pilot Project was started.
Complex spice notes are well balanced with fresh apple tartness to deliver warmth and brightness. Perfect as crisp autumn sun gives way to the damp chill of winter.
Chaider Clipper is infused with a personal chai spice blend and then sweetened with clover honey. Black pepper and cardamom shine along with wonderful aromatics adding to the fruitiness of the blended cider. A touch of honey enhances the aroma and balances the sharp apple but does not add sweetness. It all comes together as spicy, robust and elegant.
ABV 6.9%, CO2 2.0 volumes.
Abailable in 500ml Swingtop bottle $10 and in 1/6 barrel (20lt) keg $225
We go the extra mile using fresh ginger root, cut and pressed to produce a sweet and pungent ginger essence. We do not macerate the root that could add notes of bitterness or use concentrate.
Luya is blended and sweetened further with Clover Honey. The ginger and apple aromas play nicely together. It has a fresh ginger snap that supports the fruit characters of the cider. The ginger is refreshing and lingers on the palate. Perfect for a hot summer day or quite fireside contemplation. Pairs exceptionally well sweet and hot foods. BBQ and stir-fries have met their cider match.
ABV 6.9%, CO2 2.0 volumes.
Abailable in 500ml Swingtop bottle $10 and in 1/6 barrel (20lt)=(40 bottles) keg $225
This cider is aged for four months in American Oak Bourbon Whiskey barrels from JP Trodden distillery, our neighbors in Woodinville, WA. It is bone dry and displays the balance of oak and apple aromas and a light acidity.
With a light straw appearance, the cider is low in final carbonation so as to allow the vanilla and whisky notes to shine.
ABV 9.1%, CO2 2.0 volumes.
Our seasonal ciders are only released on draft. To enjoy these offerings please visit our tasting room, or ask for them at your favorite Tap Room.
This cider is dry and lightly plumb in color with moderate apple flavor. The infusion of Blackberry , sumac, nutmeg, and cinnamon come together in a refreshing way. Nice tannin gives adds a nice backbone and carries the finish.
ABV 6.5%, rs 5g/l, CO2 2.0 volumes.
Released around the holidays.
Built on a semi-sweet dessert apple base, plum juice and chai spices are blended in for a cider touting sharp-tartness from the thick-skinned plum juice. Warming, spiced fruit fills a palate full then quickly dries and shows spice more as seasoning than sweetness, finishing tart, tangy and festive.
ABV 6.5%, rs 30g/l, CO2 2.0 volumes.
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