Since its first vintage 30 years ago, Chinook Wines has been a cornerstone of the Prosser wine community. In 1983, the married partner team of Kay Simon and Clay Mackey combined their extensive experience in winemaking and viticulture with the goal of creating quintessential Yakima Valley wines. With Kay’s distinguished background in winemaking and Clay’s as a respected viticulturist, it is the perfect marriage.
Through consistency and a focus on quality, Chinook Wines has become synonymous with a limited amount of highly acclaimed dry wines produced from Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon,
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
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About the Winemakers
Kay Simon, a 1976 graduate in enology from the University of California at Davis, began her career working for large wine producers in California’s San Joaquin Valley and Washington’s
Chateau Ste. Michelle. These winemaking roots taught her the importance of consistency while encouraging her to seek out smaller, more expressive fruit sources and practices.
Recognized as a winemaker of the highest standards; Kay is intensely focused on making classically elegant wines intended to complement Northwest cuisine. Absolutely convinced Yakima
Valley wines can rival those from the world’s most celebrated wine regions, she also participates actively in professional organizations, which encourage research and enhancement of food and wine quality.
Clay Mackey, who helped his father plant a Napa Valley vineyard in the early 1970s, began his career as a vineyard manager for a handful of highly regarded wineries in California.
In 1979 Clay headed north, attracted by the pioneering spirit of the budding Washington wine industry.
As Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Eastern Washington Vineyard Manager from 1979-1982, Clay had the opportunity to study growing regions around the state, and subsequently discovered the Yakima Valley.
Ultimately the small, dedicated community of Prosser would prove to be the perfect starting place for Chinook’s own, estate-vineyard. Aside from his fastidious attention to Chinook’s vineyard,
Clay works closely with the small handful of dedicated growers from which Chinook sources much of their fruit.
Menu $70 Including Tasting of Five Wines
Watercress & dandelion green salad, chardonnay and bing cherry dressing, Black garlic, crispy pork belly.
2011 Chinook Yakima Valley Chardonnay
Crottin de Chavignol on toast, frisée, fresh apples and truffle dressing.
2009 Chinook Yakima Valley Cabernet Franc
Pan seared Arctic char, braised kale, champagne sabayon. Kumquat and coriander oil.
2011 Chinook Yakima Valley Semillon
Merlot braised beef cheek, pearl onion, butter beans, pommes paillasson.
2008 Chinook Yakima Valley Merlot
Crème caramel, Grand Marnier marinated berries, marshmallow tuile cookie.
2011 Chinook Yakima Valley Sauvignon blanc