CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: ANCESTRY CELLARS
We love bragging on how amazing our clients are and we’re excited to share with you about Jason & Erin Morin, owners and founders of Ancestry Cellars
. We had the privilege of helping the Morins sell their Seattle home as it helped them in pursuing and furthering the dream of being winemakers. Jason and Erin started Ancestry Cellars in 2011 out of Woodiniville, WA. Our team lead, Brian Hopper
had the opportunity to attend their most recent wine press event and learned from Morin and associate Chris Loeliger (of Jester Cellars
) all about the wine making process.
Labels ready to go on!
“It was fascinating to learn about the winemaking process from Jason and Chris, and see it first hand”, stated Hopper. “It is definitely an art!”, he added.
We sat down with Morin and asked him a few questions so we could best share with you about their business and the latest insight on their company.
HG: What has been your inspiration for making wine and how did you get started?
JASON: I got my start making wine with my grandfather in his basement growing up around the third grade as part of a Croatian fishing family in Gig Harbor. The wine was not very good, but the memories are great! As a family we have always enjoyed wine and the sharing of experiences with friends and family. I had a pretty solid background in winemaking supported by a degree in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and as an Alumni from The Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College. Our approach to wine tries to link back to those memories and family events. You can see that in the name of our winery as well as the names of many of our wines and the varietals that we are choosing to work with.
Ready to be bottled!
I personally have always loved Bordeaux varietals, so our Le Frere and La Soeur (French for “The Brother” & “The Sister”) are at the core of the wines we produce. We have continued to add some other varietals that represent our family as well. The Sangiovese is named after my Italian great grandfather and this last year we’ve addded a couple more varietals like Primitivo to represent the Croatian side of my family along with a Chenin Blanc, to represent the Vouvray that my wife and I shared on our first date. We really are all about family and creating a fun, inviting and intimate environment. Most weekends you will catch either myself or my wife Erin in the tasting room at some point. Although we are unassuming in our demeanor folks can still expect to taste through some exceptional well acclaimed wines.
Barrels are pumped into vats, and then into bottles.
HG: How did you come up with the name “Ancestry Cellars”?
JASON: It was entirely meant to portray that family background and link to our wines and attitude toward life. Our slogan is “Genuine wines rooted in family traditions”.
HG: We spotted your bottles in Costco and wonder where your storefront is located and where all can your product be purchased?
JASON: Thank you! We were thrilled to be selected as a featured wine by Costco. They have had me do numerous bottle signing events which are always fun to meet people at, and interact with our community. I also want to let people know they can come on out and say hello this weekend at the Issaquah Costco the 29th and 30th at 11am!
In regards to our storefront, we have a tasting room in Woodinville, Washington located at: 19510 144th Ave NE, Suite C-1, Woodinville, WA 98072. The open hours are: Saturday and Sunday 1-5PM or by appointment for events. You can also find our wines in the Tasting Room at the NW Wine Academy, all Puget Sound Total Wine locations, and select Costco locations. We often run promotions with living social for our tastings!
HG: What can we look forward to next from Ancestry Cellars?
JASON: We are currently working on an updated wine club experience. We are also working on some project wines for the wine club possibly including a port style dessert wine. The other thing you can look forward to is…we are getting ready to open up a second tasting room over in Manson, WA (Chelan area). We are targeting for a May 27th opening date to coincide with Memorial Day weekend. It will be located in the Manson Village Center, 145 Wapato Way, Suite 9, Manson, WA 98831. Our current plans are to be open Noon to 5PM Friday through Sunday. We may expand that to Monday if all goes well.
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