Cor Cellars

(509) 365-2744 151 OLD LYLE HIGHWAY #8
LYLE, WA 98635
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Born in Manhattan and raised by wild animals in Pennsylvania and Utah, Luke decided to move west for college at Evergreen in Olympia, WA. During a wonderful spell studying Sustainable Agriculture, Hemingway, and the mountains and rivers of Washington, he developed an interest in wine on a climbing trip to northern Italy. Guided by a desire to integrate his love for agriculture, history and art, he committed to a life of winemaking.
After working harvests for Tenuta di Trinoro in the Val D'Orcia in Tuscany, and Passopisciaro on Mt Etna in Sicily from 2000-2002, Luke returned to Washington, and went to work for Wind River Cellars and then Syncline Wine Cellars in the Columbia River Gorge.
Seeing the enormous potential in Washington fruit, Luke embarked on his own in 2004 and launched COR by planting a small vineyard in Lyle to Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc whilst setting up contracts to buy grapes from various sites in the Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley and Columbia Gorge AVA Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

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  • Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Valley: a triumvirate of ... ... mouthfeel and texture. Cor Cellars 2015 Alba ($20)This is a blend of Gewürztraminer (56%) and Pinot Gris (44%) from the Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge. Aromas of pineapple and citrus are prominent. Toasted hazelnuts, tangerine zest and fleshy yellow fruit ... Read More

    From the article Washington & Oregon Wines Tread the Line

  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off that this winery is a bit off the beaten path and located at a golf course. They make 6 whites, merlot, syrah, pinot and a sparkling wine--about 5,00 cases total. The winemaker (female) is French. That combined with some New Zealand experience makes a leaner style wine, low... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Columbia gorge

  • Two of my favorite Yakima wineries are Gilbert Cellars and Treveri Cellars.  Treveri makes excellent Sparkling wines.  Gilbert makes great Rhone and Bordeaux style wines.  Justin, the wine maker, is a super great guy.  Not sure if you would be able to meet him or not.  Either way, you need to visit Gilbert and Treveri.Will you be able to visit R... Read More

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  • Any favorite wines/wineries in this area? planning a spring trip starting in the columbia gorge and heading towards Yakima. Read More

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  • I’ve already written up the Grenache based wines I tasted during my time in Santa Barbara, they can be found here: Grenache - The Next Pinot Noir?  so today I am focusing on most of the remaining wines that I tasted while in the region. I’ll save the few Pinots I Tasted for a Pinot round-up, which might surprise some folks. You see I went to San... Read More

    From the article The Wines of Santa Barbara

  • Cor Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Horse Heaven Hills Momentum 2006


    Love the Momentum. Awesome boutique wine with notes of caramel and chocolate! Read More

    Wine review by mmmgood


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