Burnt Bridge Cellars

About

Burnt Bridge Cellars is available for your next event! We have a full kitchen and a dining room that can seat up to 25 people. We would be happy to talk with you about receptions, weddings, birthday parties, board meetings, cooking classes, private wine tastings, luncheons, or just about any event that you might think of . Here are some ideas: -Cooking Classes- Class Cooking, which runs the kitchen at Burnt Bridge Cellars, specializes in hands-on cooking classes for up to 12 people. You can find information about Kim's classes on her website. -Weddings- Our tasting room is the perfect place for a small wedding and reception. -Receptions- Burnt Bridge Cellars would love to host your next business reception! We can do wine tasting and everything from simple hors d'oeuvres to buffet dinners. -Parties- Burnt Bridge Cellars is the perfect place for your next birthday party, or for any reason to get together with friends and family. We can provide space for up to 50 people, and of course, wonderful food and Burnt Bridge Cellars wines. -Business Meetings- we can accommodate your business meeting at any time of the day, with plenty of space for up to 18 people at our large table, and whatever food service you need.

Location Description

Located in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Features

  • Producing award winning wines.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 30

Winemaker

David Smith has had a love affair with Washington wines since attending the University of Washington in the early 1980's. Although only a handful of Washington wineries with Chateau St Michelle leading the way existed at that time, it was the perfect introduction to Columbia Valley wines. Even while living on the East Coast, he was able to follow the development of the Washington wine industry through family living in the the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla and seeking out Washington wines on the shelves. After extensive touring and tasting in California, France, Italy and Spain, it's Washington wines that find their way onto his table most frequently. "The climate and soil conditions are perfect for producing wines with bold yet true varietal character. The long hot summers are perfect for heat lovers like Grenache and Mourvedre, but the typically cool nights help preserve the acidity necessary for balance."

History

Burnt Bridge Cellars, an artisan winery located in Clark County, Washington, was founded in 2010. We specialize in Rhone and Bordeaux varietal grapes from the Columbia Valley AVA. True Garagistas, David Smith and Mark Mahan, co-owners of Burnt Bridge Cellars, began making wine together in 2008--in the garage. Our first 2010 release, including San Francisco International Wine Competition Gold Medal winner Pont Brule, was created with a hand-crank crusher/destemmer and small basket press in the garage. With a passion for Rhone-style and Bordeaux-style blends, David and Mark knew they needed more space to house the 7 different varietals required for the blends they longed to make. The vibrant and growing downtown Vancouver culture enticed us to lease the perfect space on 15th and Broadway to become the second urban winery downtown, with space for indoor production, temperature controlled barrel and case goods storage, tasting room and commercial kitchen.

The name Burnt Bridge Cellars comes from the name of the small creek and nature area that runs through the city of Vancouver, but it was also chosen as a bit of second-career double entendre whimsy. We love the sense of place the name gives, but also love the whimsy of the double entendre.

The Team

Business manager Mark Mahan grew up in Davis, California and went to college at UC Davis--the technical center of the California wine industry and a stone's throw from Napa Valley. Weekend tasting trips throughout the California wine country took up a large part of his free time activities and learning about wine was a growing hobby, but Mark decided to pursue a high tech career in the Pacific Northwest. He laments that he missed the opportunity participate in the production side of the explosion of the industry in California in the 80's, but creating a second career participating in the growth of the Washington wine industry has more than compensated. "The industry here feels very much like what was going on in California 30 years ago, and it's been a fabulous opportunity to work with many of the best growers in Washington who have enabled us to make world- class wines in a remarkably short time."

After moving back to Washington, David was introduced to Mark through their daughters and casual get togethers turned to wine tastings with ever expanding horizons. Their work in science and engineering naturally lead to a thirst for knowledge about the entire process. Devouring books and magazines on the winemaking process started the ball rolling in the garage and David, who already had a background in biology, chemistry and research, delved into science through distance courses from UC Davis eventually receiving a Graduate Certificate in Winemaking. Mark's experience with business and engineering built a partnership that is now Burnt Bridge Cellars.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

In evaluating wines in ancient Rome, Pliny concluded that the vineyard had the most influence on the resulting quality of wine. We do not disagree. We believe that great wine is first made in the vineyard. We seek out those high quality vineyards with talented viticulturists that are at the forefront of what is characteristic of Washington wines. We search for distinct terroir and true to variety characteristics. We work closely with the vineyard managers during the growing season and especially at harvest to select the best time to harvest. All of our fruit is hand picked to minimize damage to the fruit and we personally transport the fruit directly to winery and immediately crush in order to preserve the unique aromas and flavors of fruit from a particular vineyard. When our wine is produced from a single vineyard, we proudly display that on the label.

Les Collines VineyardsLes Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley AVA:

Les Collines Vineyard is managed by Shane McKibben. Les Collines, French for "the hills," is situated on the East side of the Walla Walla AVA in Washington along the Oregon border. Located at the foot of the Blue Mountains, it is one of the higher vineyards in the valley at an average elevation of 1380. Strolling though this 240 acre vineyard at sunrise, one can see over the entire valley of wheat fields and vineyards. The sloped property allows drainage of cold air during the spring and fall when vines are most vulnerable. Cool nights at this elevation help preserve acidity and minimal rainfall during the growing season allows precise water management for maximal fruit aromatic development. Shane is one of the valley leaders in minimal input farming with his own composting operation and extensive use of compost tea. It is internationally certified for Sustainable Farming by the IOBC and is certified as a Salmon Safe Vineyard. It has its own state certified nursery for experiments with and propagation of clones.

Our relationship with Shane dates back to our beginning endeavors when he allowed us to pick 200 pounds of Cabernet Sauvignon that started our adventure in 2008. The following year, our 1/2 ton of Cabernet Sauvignon lead to a gold medal at the largest amateur wine competition in the world. We have produced many Gold medal wines from this vineyard.

Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Semillon, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo.

Upland Vineyards:

Upland Vineyards is located within the Snipes Mountain American Viticulture Area in the heart of the Yakima Valley. Farming wine grapes since 1968, four generations of the Newhouse family have helped maintain the Upland legacy, which started over 90 years ago. Originally planted by William B. Bridgman in 1917, Snipes Mountain is widely considered the birthplace of Washington Wine. Today, the location of oldest continuous producing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Washington, that original vineyard is still bearing fruit and the vine’s longevity is a testament to the favorable weather conditions bestowed upon the mountain. Viticulturist Todd Newhouse is deeply involved in the Washington wine industry. He is currently the Chairman of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. With slopes facing in all four cardinal directions and an elevation that ranges from 750 to 1300 feet, Upland is able to grow a wide range of wine grapes in some of the oldest and most diverse soils in Washington. Our highly-sought Rhône varietals are planted on a particularly steep and rocky slope reminiscent of the Rhône Valley. With over 35 varieties of vinifera, Upland Vineyard’s grapes find their way into bottles of wine from over 20 different wineries.

We first met Todd in 2010 on our quest for Grenache and Mourvedre that lead from Woodinville to Grandview, Washington. We have been in love with his Grenache since the first harvest (that ended with 2 Gold Medals for that vintage).

Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah.

Coyote Canyon Vineyard:

Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVACoyote Canyon Vineyard is located about 20 miles south of Prosser, Washington. Located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, third-generation farmer Mike Andrews and his father Bob before him raised cattle on the family farm before turning to crops in 1982. The cattle were replaced with crops such as watermelon, corn, asparagus, and peas before planting the first wine grapes in 1995. Established in 2005, the Horse Heaven Hills AVA is known as one of the areas warmer growing regions. With elevation that varies from 200-1800 feet, three different soil types, low rainfall and a long growing season, this region produces some of the most highly coveted wine grapes in the state. Today Mike, Bob, and oldest son Jeff grow more than 1100 acres of wine grapes, including 25 different varieties.

Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Syrah.

Stone Tree Vineyard:

In the heart of the Wahluke Slope at the highest elevation on the Saddle Mountains sits Stone Tree Vineyard. At about 1000 feet of elevation and named after the frequently found petrified wood from a Sequoia forest that existed 5-20 million years ago, the 257-acre vineyard is co-owned and managed by Tedd Wildman. As one of the top vineyards in the state, the fruit is much coveted by many well-known wineries. Prior to purchasing and planting 15 different varieties on this parcel of land in 2000, Tedd was a vineyard consultant for 15 years for in the state of Washington. Thoughout that time, he kept his eye on the Wahluke slope as the best place for wine grapes. As a premier viticulturist, he knew the low rainful and higher elevation would help protect vines from early and late frosts allowing a long growing season for many of the Bordeaux and Rhone varietals we love.

Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Tempranillo

Seven Hills Vineyard:

One of the first vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley AVA, Seven Hills Vineyard was first planted in 1980 by Norm McKibben and later expanded into the current 200 acres. This iconic vineyard, located 5 miles south of the border in Oregon, produces fruit for some of the best wines ever made in the Northwest and helped set the quality standard for Walla Walla Valley AVA wines. Managed by Sadie Drury, the vineyard uses vertical shoot postioning with intense hand work during the growing season and high-tech irrigation management to produce the high quality fruit. Especially known for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, twelve other varietals are grown with great success.

Varieties vinified by Burnt Bridge Cellars: Merlot, Grenache, Mouvedre

Awards

Gold Medal- 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
2010 Columbia Valley Pont Brûlé

Silver Medal- 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
2011 Les Collines Syrah

Bronze Medal- 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
2011 Columbia Valley Pont Brûlé

Bronze Medal- 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
2010 Les Collines Reserve Syrah

Gold Medal- 2013 Seattle Wine Awards
2012 Les Collines Semillon

Gold Medal- 2013 Seattle Wine Awards
2012 Les Collines Viognier

Gold Medal- 2013 Seattle Wine Awards
2011 Les Collines Syrah

Gold Medal- 2013 Seattle Wine Awards
2011 Columbia Valley Tempranillo

Bronze Medal- 2013 Seattle Wine Awards
2011 Columbia Valley Pont Brûlé

Bronze Medal- 2013 Seattle Wine Awards
2011 Upland Vineyards Syrah

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Hours

Open Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 pm The First Friday of the month, 4-8 pm

Address

1500 Broadway St
Vancouver, Washington 98663
United States

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