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Pentad represents our highest achievement in winemaking, a wine of wholeness, balance, and ever expanding complexity. It is a wine bottled only in the most exceptional vintages. The 2012 vintage is our first release of Pentad [...]
Its difficult to get a table at NOMA–the restaurant is booked months in advance. I don’t recall exactly how we decided to dine there, but I think once we knew we’d be going to Copenhagen on an upcoming trip to Europe, I started googling the city. NOMA came up as [...]
We had a great time at the Montana Master Chefs at the luxurious Resort at Paws Up! They’ve just let us know about a gorgeous video they produced with footage of the event which includes some nice images of Seven Hills wines! Pentad can be seen at about 1:38 into the [...]
Celebrating a Long Partnership with the Vineyards of Red Mountain
One of my early experiences in the Washington State wine industry was a visit to Red Mountain. I went there with a friend in the early 1980s to look over some land. This was in the days when Ciel du Cheval was [...]
Wishing peace, happiness and prosperity to all in 2012!
We welcomed the new year by celebrating at home with family and a bottle of our favorite Oregon Sparkler, skillfully opened by Casey with his saber (yes, technically it was a machete).
Seven Hills is delighted to be included in Alder Yarrow’s suggested [...]
The oak barrel is certainly an icon of craft and skill, both that of the cooper and, in its employment, the winemaker. Naturally we are a little melancholy at the thought of an empty barrel, and always wish to see our beloved wooden vessels employed. With that in mind, we offer our Top 5 Uses [...]
September 27th, 2011 - Today we celebrated the beginning of Vintage 2011 here at Seven Hills by crushing some wonderful, ripe, intense Merlot from some of our best vineyards, followed by a delicious al fresco Champagne lunch on the crush pad. It’s a great feeling every year when those first loads of fruit come in and [...]
Chuck Hill at Wines Northwest has done a nice write-up of Riesling tastings with crab cakes, including a review of our Seven Hills 2009 Riesling. We love to see this kind of writing out there, as it combines our favorite topics: northwest food and northwest wine!
As a newer varietal in Washington State, we tend to get questions at the winery from those interested in how Viognier ages. I’ve always thought of Viognier as a “drink soon” wine: We’ve all experienced that luscious honey, mandarin orange blossom, and ripe peach character that practically jumps out of a glassful of young [...]
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The Winemaker’s Journal
A fourth-generation farmer, Casey McClellan was raised in Walla Walla, Washington. In 1982, he joined his father in planting the now-famous Seven Hills Vineyard. Inspired by this experience, Casey went on to earn a Masters of Science with a focus on enology from UC Davis, and in 1988, he and his wife, Vicky, founded Seven Hills Winery.
This blog will share his thoughts on winemaking, wine culture, washington wines and related topics.