Ambassador Wines

Enjoy an aerial tour of Ambassador Vineyards on Red Mountain AVA.

About

Ambassador Wines of Washington produces 100% Estate Grown Washington State wines from our outstanding vineyard. We are committed to making wines of the finest quality that reflect the richness and diversity of the Red Mountain terroir.

Location Description

Located in Woodinville, Washington.

Features

  • Estate bottled premium wines.

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Winemaker

Winemaker 2016 - present
Mike’s wines show the benefit of his obsessive dedication and years of study as well as an artist’s intuition and finely-honed palate. He began his winemaking career as a volunteer cellar rat at Delille Cellars where he was eventually named Assistant Winemaker. In 2008, he became Winemaker at Mark Ryan Winery, where he continues to create world-caliber wines in collaboration with owner Mark McNeilly.

Among their many accolades, Mark Ryan Winery was listed on Wine and Spirits Magazine Top 100 Wineries of the world in 2011. Wine Enthusiast named Mark Ryan Winery a “Rising Star” among Washington cult wines.

Mike began working with Ambassador in 2016, bringing his intense attention to detail and superb palate to some of the finest grapes on Red Mountain.

History

Ambassador was founded on the simple belief that no other experience is quite as enchanting as drinking wine. We know that something magical happens when you drink wine with friends; good wine becomes great wine and good friends become better friends. This was the case with our founding partners. An eclectic group of individuals with diverse professional backgrounds, their lives and friendships have been forever altered by the shared experience of creating and drinking what we believe to be a fantastic wine. Formed in 2004, and named after the mystical vineyard that has been so good to us, Ambassador’s vision is to become the top estate producing winery on Washington state's Red Mountain. To succeed in this vision, we live and work by three guiding principles: 1) Take the process, not ourselves, seriously 2) Life is too short to drink anything other than spectacular wine 3) Only put our name on a bottle of truly spectacular wine. In other words, make great wine and have as much fun as possible while we do it.

The Team

Dick Boushey - Vineyard Manager:

Dick and his wife Luanne own Boushey Vineyards, currently they grow wine grapes, cherries, apples and juice grapes in the Grandview area and manage vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA. Boushey Vineyards sells wine grapes to 30 different wineries in the state and grow many different varieties of red and white grapes. Dick has been involved with a number of wine and grape industry organizations. He currently serves on the Washington Wine Commission board, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers board, the Wine Advisory Committee which oversees grape and wine research programs in the state, the Wine Yakima Valley board, the National Grape/Welch's board and numerous other wine oriented organizations.

Dick has been the recipient of several distinguished industry awards; the "Walter Clore Award" from the Washington State Grape Society; "Grower of the Year" Eric Hanson memorial award from the Washington Assoc. of Wine Grape Growers; "Honorary Grower Chair" for Children's Hospital Auction of Washington Wines; "Industry Service Award" from the wine grape growers and the "2007 Grower of the Year" Wine & Spirits Magazine. Dick Boushey has grown wine grapes in the Yakima Valley for over 32 years.

Practices & Techniques

Producing only estate wines allows us the unique ability to control the wine making process from vine to bottle. Our vineyard is young but under the expert care of our vineyard manager, Dick Boushey, it has produced some of the top tier grapes on Red Mountain and Washington State. Combine this with the handcrafted expertise of our winemaker, Sarah Goedhart and the end product is magic in a bottle!

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Ambassador Vineyard - Located on Ambassador Road, this vineyard has approximatley 22 planted acres. Varietals include Cabernet Sauvgion (8 and 24), Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. Ambassador is our largest vineyard and was planted in 2005 and 2006.

Sunset Vineyard - Located on Sunset Road, this vineyard has approximately 4 planted acres. Varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

Annex Vineyard - Located adjacent to our Ambassador vineyard. We consider this our "experimental" vineyard and currently have just shy of 2 acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon close 33 and 34

Awards

2015 Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine Experience "Best Of" Competition
Winner Best Red Blend: 2011 Estate Envoy
Winner Best Syrah: 2011 Estate Syrah

2014 Vine Arts Blind Tasting Competition
1st Place: 2011 Estate Diplomat

2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal and Best in Class: 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver Medal: 2011 Estate Plenipotentiary Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver Medal: 2011 Estate Diplomat

2014 Seattle Wine Awards
Ambassador once again had a great showing at the Seattle Wine Awards:

Double Gold: 2011 Estate Plenipotentiary Cabernet Sauvignon
Double Gold: 2011 Estate Diplomat
Gold: 2010 Estate Envoy
Gold: 2011 Estate Envoy
Gold: 2011 Estate Syrah


2013 Seattle Wine Awards
Ambassador had a great first showing at the Seattle Wine Awards:

Double Gold: 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold: 2009 Estate Envoy Blend
Gold: 2010 Estate Syrah
Gold: 2010 Estate Diplomat Blend

Cabernet Classic 2012
We had the opportunity to participate in the 2012 Cabernet Classic at the Washington Athletic Club in October. We were pleasantly surprised to receive top honors among the Washington wineries present. Not bad for wines that were just released the night before!

Ambassador Vineyard 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 1st Place Best Washington Cabernet Sauvignon
Ambassador Vineyard 2010 Estate "Diplomat" Blend - 2nd Place Best Cabernet Blend

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Hours

Fri 2 -7pm Sat, Sun 12 - 5pm

Address

19501 144th Ave NE
Suite C-400
Woodinville, Washington 98072
United States

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