Winemaker Receives Medal for Uncommon Washington Varietal

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Winemaker Receives Medal for Uncommon Washington Varietal 

Bainbridge Island, WA., September 13, 2019 — Eleven Winery’s (Eleven) 2018 Chenin Blanc has won silver in the Sip Northwest Magazine’s 8th Annual Best of the Northwest in the White Single Varietal category.  In 2019, Sip Northwest Magazine had a record-breaking number of 750+ wine submissions from wineries around the Pacific Northwest. Of all of those entries, three wines tied for silver in the White Single Varietal category.

Chenin Blanc, a lesser-known white wine grape in the United States (US), was popular back in the 1970s-80s. After stepping into the shadow for over a decade, Chenin Blanc makes a new statement for Washington (WA) State wines. Eleven’s 100% Chenin Blanc is very crisp and dry with loads of green apple fruit flavors. It has higher acidity than most varieties, which gives versatility to be made into sparkling and dessert styles, as well as a crisp, food-friendly dry table wine. There are not a lot of vineyards growing Chenin Blanc in WA, but winemaker, Matt Albee, found one in the Yakima Valley on the slopes of Rattlesnake Hills.  The 2018 Chenin Blanc was Albee’s first attempt with the varietal. Producing only 172 cases, Eleven Winery sold out of their 2018 Chenin Blanc in less than five months. 

Seattle-based, Sip Northwest (Sip) is one of the leading resources on liquid culture. “Sip is the journalistic authority on wine, beer, spirits and cider in the Pacific Northwest. The award-winning regional magazine showcases the drink culture of the area, explores hot libation destinations, movers and shakers in the beverage industry and features endless cocktail and pairing recipes from culinary and bar chefs” (Sip Northwest).



About Eleven Winery           

At Eleven Winery, we’re all about making great wine, and making it fun! We believe the better the wine, the more fun you’ll have, whether you’re new to wine or an expert. And while we’re at it, we figure we’ll make the world a better place, too, by working sustainably and donating a portion of our profits to charity. We produce a variety of red, white and dessert wines, about 4,000 cases altogether, with a focus on Mourvèdre and Viognier. Our wines are made from grapes that are grown in eastern Washington, brought back to Bainbridge Island and made into wine there. We are one of seven wineries on the island, founded in 2003. We have a tasting room on Bainbridge Island at 287 Winslow Way East that is open 12-8pm 7 days. The winery location at 7671 NE Day Road is open for tours and tastings Thursday – Sunday 11am-5pm throughout the year, with live music every Saturday. More information at


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