Website Update: 12.08.17

WELCOME EASTERN MONTANA

We recently have contracted with Blue Rock Distributing Company of Sidney, MT and Miles City, MT to represent our wines in several far eastern Montana counties. Be watching for the Yellowstone Cellars & Winery labels to appear in wine shops,  supermarkets, liquor stores, steak houses and restaurants.

Our wines are crushed, fermented, cellar aged and bottled at our Billings, Montana winery from grapes harvested at family vineyards in Washington’s famed Yakima Valley.
All of our releases are available for purchase in our Winery Tasting Room by the glass pour, bottle or the case. Cases can be single or mixed variety.
The Winery Tasting Room
&
Deli
Open To The Public
Mon – Thurs 1:00 – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat 1:00 – 11:00 pm
Sun 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Call Clint for off-hours appointments
406-671-0851 (mobile)
Wine Suggestions
for your
Holiday Season
Meals!
2015 Grenache
&
2016 Pinot Gris 

The Grenache

We’re projecting this to be your ultimate Holiday Season dinner red wine. It delivers what even the best Oregon Pinot Noirs only promise.

Prices: List $20/bottle, Tasting Room Club $18, Case/Mixed Case $17.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Our Grenache bounds with red berry flavors – bright strawberries and raspberries touched with notes of white pepper and lavender. Grenache is one of the most versatile food pairing wines due to its spiciness, and the myriad of depth and textures on the palate. It’s the extra-spicy finish on this medium bodied wine that makes our Grenache unique, expressing the Yakima Valley, WA, terroir. We find cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger on a lingering finish that will enhance but not overpower the array of Holiday dinner foods from your kitchen.

The Pinot Gris
We think this is the white wine companion to our Grenache that will complete your Holiday Season dinner wine ensemble.
Prices: List $20/bottle, Tasting Room Club $18, Case/Mixed Case $17

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: This is a rich and full-bodied wine that had extended skin contact before pressing and the start of fermentation – thus the slightly pinkish/appearance to the wine in your glass. We like producing Pinot Gris as a full-bodied wine to enhance the tree fruit aromas of pear and Crisp apple. The extended skin contact also matures the pear, mango and peach flavors inherent in most Pinot Gris grapes. One of the few wines we have on our list originating from Columbia Valley terroir, this wine ends in orange blossom, toasted nuts and a distinct minerality. The palate is bright with acidity and a rich texture that highlights a finish of baked apple and orange citrus.

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In the Tasting Room & Deli
We offer free wine tastings during all open hours. We can serve anyone 21 years of age or older (we check IDs) and offer water and soft drinks to individuals under 21 years of age.
Look over our current wine list at the Tasting Room counter. Your server can help you select the wines you want to taste and help walk you through the tasting experience.
Our wines are available for purchase by the glass pour, bottle or the case. Cases can be single or mixed variety.
Glass pours of our wines served daily for $6 & $7/glass
We have a wonderful selection of gourmet cheeses, Brie plates, pizzas, deli meats, flat breads, crackers and condiments.
Ask your server for a list of our deli items and wine pairing suggestions!
Stop by the Tasting Room & Deli and relax around our cool granite tables and enjoy the friendly YC&W atmosphere. Or enjoy the fresh air and a wine cocktail on our open patio!
We accept all major credit cards!
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Tasting Room Club
Our tasting room is open to anyone and everyone. But, for a complete winery experience we offer membership to our Tasting Room Club.
  • $15 for a “single” membership / $25 for a “couples” membership. This is a one-time fee – no need for renewals!
  • First option on new and/or special wine releases.
  • Sign up for our weekly winery newsletter that will appear in your email inbox.
  • Allows price discounts from our “list” prices of wine by the bottle.
  • Receive a “Loyalty Card” that gets you a free bottle of wine after you buy 12 bottles for takeout.
  • Get a 13th bottle (baker’s dozen) if you buy a case of wine.
  • Free cellar tours and barrel tastings for you and your family.
  • Invitation to special events such as Wine 101, 102, 103 wine appreciation classes.
  • Free use of our event area or patio for your personal and business events (birthday parties, retirements, business or club socials, family reunions, etc). Bridal showers are $250 at booking. We are happy to keep the doors open later for special events.
More than a place…
“Small producers are the ones showing us the way to a greater wine goodness.”
An article in “Wine Spectator” puts community-based “artisan” wineries like ours into perspective… “American wine drinkers increasingly are expecting to drink local. They expect to be able to visit their wineries… Not least, they expect to experience something different.”
Read the entire article by selecting the following link:
Our Label
  You might notice as you look at our new labels that our 2011 and before 2011 red wines have the designation “American” as opposed to “Washington” as the American Viticultural Area (AVA – see footnote below) that appears on our pre-2011 vintage labels.

 The reason: It has to do with federal labeling laws. Prior to the 2011 harvest I “produced” my wines at Dakota Creek Winery (owned by my brother and sister-in-law) located near Blaine, WA. Because the pre-2011 wines were produced in Washington, I was able to label them accordingly.
       But, since 2011 YC&W wines are being produced in Billings, Montana (even thought I’m processing Washington grapes) by federal law I can’t specify “Washington” anywhere on the label. Nor can I use “Montana” on the label because the grapes were not grown in Montana.
      

 Therefore, the only legal alternative for me at this point is to label our wines as “American” as the AVA.

Footnote: An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated wine grape-growing region in the U.S. distinguishable by certain geographic features (i.e. “Napa”, “Columbia Valley,” “Washington,” “American,” etc) with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), U.S. Department of Treasury.