COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS: Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History; August 6, 2016
Winery owner and winemaker, Kevin Correll’s interest in wine began in 1982 when he was offered a glass of Mouton-Rothschild and he was happily surprised at how incredible wine could taste. He was so inspired, he began to collect wine and make his own small batches from his garage as a hobby. After volunteering during the crush season for several years in a row, he took his passion to the next level by pursuing a certificate in Oenology from UC Davis.
As a one-man operation, Kevin received three years of praise for his “House Bordeaux” that he made in his garage, and shortly after opened Barrage Cellars. In his first year, Kevin made just 125 cases of Cabernet Franc. Today’s production is still quite small—about 3,000 cases using six different varieties of grapes. Making wine in true “Garagiste” fashion, Kevin’s boutique winery focuses on 100% varietals from the finest vineyards and regions of Washington State, combined with the barrels from France and a few from America. Barrage Cellars, located in Woodinville, Washington, has received high marks by critics including the Seattle Wine Awards and The Wine Advocate.