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Walla Walla’s Corliss family buys San Juan Vineyard

By Eric Degerman on January 29, 2018 FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Yvonne Swanberg was thrilled to have Michael and Lauri Corliss as her wine club members at San Juan Vineyards. On Thursday, the tables officially will be turned. Great Northwest Wine has learned that the owners of Corliss Estate, Tranche Estate and Secret Squirrel have purchased San Juan Vineyards from Swanberg. News of the […]

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Corlisses purchase San Juan Vineyards

Corlisses purchase San Juan Vineyards The award-winning, estate-grown winery is in the coolest-climate growing region in the state, in Friday Harbor. Michael and Lauri Corliss are extending their wine industry footprint to their home-away-from-home on San Juan Island. Through Washington Vintners, their Walla Walla company that owns Corliss Estate, Tranche Estate and Secret Squirrel wineries, […]

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Wine Press Northwest – 2016 Siegerrebe (Estate)

San Juan Vineyards 2016 Estate Siegerrebe January 27, 2018  Appellation: Puget Sound Siegerrebe, pronounced zee-geh-RAY-buh, translates to “victory vine” in German, and it shines in the hands of Puget Sound winemakers and thrives in their vineyards. This release signals the last bottling of Siegerrebe at San Juan Vineyards under the ownership of co-founder Yvonne Swanberg, who […]

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Great Northwest Wine – 2016 Madeleine Angevine (Estate)

By Great Northwest Wine on December 29, 2017 Madeleine Angevine, a grape developed in France’s maritime-influenced Loire Valley, makes up 3 of the 5 acres of 20-year-old vineyard planted across Yvonne Swanberg’s property near Friday Harbor. The cross of Madeleine Royale and Précoce de Malingre seems a bit more finicky than Siegerrebe, and its restrained nature and natural acidity […]

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San Juan Island Showcase – San Juan Vineyards

San Juan Island Showcase – San Juan Vineyards Updated April 2017   Founded in 1996 by Yvonne Swanberg, San Juan Vineyards is the only commercial operating vineyard in the San Juan Islands. The 30 acre farm grows Madeleine Angevine & Siegerrebe grapes, which make up 20% to 30% of the total annual wine production of […]

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The Seattle Times’ 50 best wines of 2015

Originally published November 11, 2015 at 7:00 am Updated November 23, 2015 at 11:13 By Andy Perdue Special to The Seattle Times   TWO ISSUES that come up with year-end wine lists: Wines are too expensive or unavailable. These are problems I try to address each year with The Seattle Times’ top 50. It isn’t easy. […]

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Great Northwest Wine – 2014 Madeleine Angevine (Estate)

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $18 By Great Northwest Wine on July 19, 2015 Winery owner Yvonne Swanberg helped her late husband plant 3 acres of this Loire Valley grape on their property near Friday Harbor, Wash., in the middle of the San Juan Islands. And winemaker Chris Primus’ work with this cross of […]

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Great Northwest Wine – 2014 Siegerrebe (Estate)

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Estate Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $22   By Great Northwest Wine on June 5, 2015 Island winemaker Chris Primus presents his latest version of one of the Puget Sound’s best patio and seafood wines, and he hasn’t lost a step. The Germanic cross of Gewürztraminer and Madeleine Angevine creates beautiful aromas of white […]

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Great Northwest Wine – 2011 Cabernet Franc

San Juan Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills, $28   By Great Northwest Wine on February 2, 2015 Island winemaker Chris Primus continues his relationship with Columbia Valley growers, and his work with Cabernet Franc from Alder Ridge Vineyard shows consistent excellence. There’s classic Cab Franc leafy notes in the nose, which shows a […]

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Washington Wine Blog – San Juan Vineyards

Interview with owner of San Juan Island Vineyards, Yvonne Swanberg September 26, 2014 Recently I had the chance to catch up with the owner of the only winery on San Juan Island. San Juan Vineyards has achieved some great acclaim in the past, despite being a small production winery. The key is that the winery […]

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