Family. Good Livin’. Damn Fine Wine.
Year Established: 2004
Winemaker: Linn Scott
Annual Case Production: 12,000
Varietals Produced: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc, Malbec, Marsanne, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rousanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Souzão, Syrah, Tempranillo, Touriga Naçional, Viognier
Principle Vineyard and AVA Locations: Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope, Snipes Mountain, Willamette Valley
Kelly and Chris Sparkman launched Sparkman Cellars, an artisan winery in Woodinville, Washington in 2004. While the heart of production is focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, Sparkman Cellars produces as many as twenty-five different handcrafted wines each year from twenty varietals sourced from fifteen heralded Washington and Oregon vineyards.
“We started the winery so that we could focus more on our family. With many years in the hospitality world, we felt uniquely situated in the midst of the Northwest’s extraordinary and booming wine industry. Winemakers, growers, restaurant folks and wine shop people all made up this interesting community that we found compelling as we looked at our next professional adventure,” says Chris.
“It all synced up with our family’s vision: working with the finest raw ingredients this planet has to offer, crafting from it something real and living and sharing it with folks who are literally thirsty for it. Fusing Art, Science, Agriculture, Philosophy and all the Good Stuff from life into a bottle of wine that we are proud of is both a challenge and a reward.”
“Our style produces artisan handcrafted award-winning wines, some of them highly sought after. Contributing to our community and to causes that resonate with our family is another way that the wine world helps make our lives rich. Our intention is to make wines that are considered among the finest available, and that will hopefully find their way onto your table.”
Sparkman Cellars 2013 Holler Cabernet Sauvignon was named #21 on the 2016 Wine Spectator Top 100, and has also been named one of Wine Spectator’s Rising Stars, a Wine Enthusiast’s New Cult Winery and one of Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Wineries in the World. The 2013 Birdie Riesling was named the #7 Wine in the World by Wine Enthusiast.
Kelly is Mom, Founder, Controller and Final Blend Approver at Sparkman Cellars, serves as Director of Family Programming and contributes to numerous enrichment programs at Wellington Elementary and Leota Junior High.
Kelly’s bachelor degree led her to mountaintops in Wyoming with the Peregrine Fund Reintroduction Program, old growth forests for the U.S. Forest Service Spotted Owl Preservation Program in California and under icy waters as a diver for Prince William Sound Aquaculture in Alaska. Just prior to motherhood, Kelly served eight years as a veterinarian technician at Inglemoor Animal Hospital.
Chris is Dad, Founder, Vintner and Forklift Driver. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. He was a National Sea Grant Fellow, serving as marine mammal policy analyst for the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service in the International Whaling Commission department. His multimedia presentation to the 1999 IWC World Conference in Grenada was the first of its kind.
He served as Agroforester in the Peace Corps, living in the montaine cloud forest in Cameroon. Upon return, he served on the working group at the 1995 United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development NGO Group in New York City. In 1998, as a team leader for Operation Crossroads Africa, he led a team of sixteen college students to The Gambia to build a school.
Christian spent much of his nearly 30-year hospitality career heading heralded service teams at national icons, including El Gaucho and AQUA in Seattle, Todd English’s Olives in Washington D.C., Michael’s in Santa Monica, Calif. and Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. In 2010 Seattle Magazine named him Sommelier of the Year.
Kelly grew up in Memphis, Christian in Knoxville, TN and they currently reside in Woodinville, Washington with daughters Stella Mae and Ruby Leigh.
Currently Distributed In: CA, CO, DC, FL, ID, IL, KY, MD, MO, NC, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA