Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Madsen Family Cellars: Our second stop

From left to right:  Tara Fuller, Dana Madsen and @kirklandwinegal
 "It takes a while to get wines ready to sell!" wrote Dana Madsen, winemaker and co-owner of Madsen Family Cellars, LLC in an e-mail regarding their award-winning wines.

Madsen Family Cellars received federal and state licenses in 2005; and shortly thereafter, the first crush.  But the tasting room wouldn't debut for three more years, finally opening Labor Day weekend, 2008.

But all good things come to those who wait because Madsen Family Cellars wines has placed 14 medals at national, state and local wine competitions over the past two years; certainly no small feat! 

Located just north of Yelm in Olympia, Wash., Madsen Family Cellars offer a variety of these award-winning wines in their tasting room.  Partial to reds, my favorites included:  2007 Merlot, 91 points for $26, 2006 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 points and 2007 Horse Heaven Cabernet Sauvignon, 93 point; both $30 a bottle.

Don't like reds?  Have no fear!  Several award-winning dry and off-dry whites are available to taste in addition to a pink and a dessert wine that placed Bronze at 2010 Northwest Wine Summit, 2010 National Women's Wine Competition and 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2008 Orange Muscat, $13.

What makes these wines so great?  The grapes of course!  You can't have great wine without great grapes and these grapes are trucked over from Eastern Wash. where they are made into wines. "We are indeed a winery" explained Mr. Madsen; the entire making process is done on-site. 
Photo by: @kirklandwinegal
 Dana and  his wife Sandi own Madsen Family Cellars, LLC. and are the primary winemakers but are assisted by their older son Bjorn. Leif, their younger son manages marketing.  And because no winery is quite complete without a dog or two, Baci, a black tricolor Australian Shepard (pictured above) and Smokey, a gray Merle Australian Shepard complete this six-member family owned and run winery.