Grantwood Winery exemplifies notion of quality over quantity


"What if you came to the wine industry much later in life, when your finances are secure and you simply want to enjoy the opportunity to craft art in a glass?"

Grantwood wines won GOLD and SILVER MEDALS at the 2016 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

Gold for our Tempranillo and Syrah, Silver for our Merlot


for more details, go to the following article by Great Northwest Wine

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Top awards at Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition

By Andy Perdue, Special to The Seattle Times

Grantwood Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $22

By Great Northwest Wine on December 2, 2015

[Grantwood Winery Cabernet Sauvignon label] Walla Walla retirees Joe Grant and Doris Wood produce six wines with a combined total production of 300 cases, and the consistent quality is remarkable — regardless of the almost ridiculously low prices compared with many producers in this corner of Washington state. The combined fruit from Les Collines and Seven Hills vineyards, both managed by the McKibben family, amounts to about a barrel’s worth of a stunning Cab from a cooler vintage. Dark aromas of black cherry and black currant also offer up black pepper and baking spices. On the palate, it’s remarkably expressive as luscious black cherry, huckleberry, black tea and chocolate flavors are presented amid a flawless structure. This earned a gold medal at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, an annual judging that funds scholarships for students at Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology & Viticulture.
Rating: Outstanding!
Production: 30 cases
Alcohol: 14%



Grantwood Winery 2013 Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley, $18

By Great Northwest Wine on October 1, 2015

Joe Grant and Doris Wood continue to produce some of the best reds in Walla Walla, regardless of price. And they neither raise their prices nor their production, in fact, their 2012 Tempranillo sold for $19. They remain true to Les Collines Vineyard and true to this robust Spanish red, which has been likened to the Iberian Peninsula’s example of Cabernet Sauvignon. The dark-toned nose brings hints of black cherry, blackberry, black tea, licorice and black olive. Next comes a rough-hewn entry of bold black fruit with cherry, chocolate and Earl Grey tea, yet the tannins smooth out for a pleasing long finish. This merited a gold medal at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, an annual judging that funds scholarships for students at Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology & Viticulture.
Rating: Outstanding!
Production: 35 cases
Alcohol: 14.9%



Grantwood Winery 2013 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley, $22

By Great Northwest Wine on August 25, 2015

Joe Grant and Doris Wood may well be the tiniest producers in the Walla Walla Valley, and their winery just west of downtown Walla Walla has a consistent fruit source for all of its wines — McKibben-managed Les Collines Vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Their small lots are beyond bargains in this tony town, and their latest version of this traditional Bordeaux blender is delicious with aromas of black olive, dark chocolate and blackberry, followed by scrumptious flavors of plum, blueberry and black tea.Grantwood’s previous version of this wine won a gold medal earlier this year at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, and this very young edition captured a gold medal at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.
Rating: Outstanding!
Production: 30 cases
Alcohol: 14%

 

From the Walla Walla Union Bulletin Lifestyles section on April 26, 2016

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Reviews from

38. Grantwood Winery 2014 tempranillo,Walla Walla Valley, $18:

Walla Walla winemaker Joe Grant is crafting remarkable wines at modest prices. This is a great introduction to this Spanish variety.

Grantwood Winery