WEST RICHLAND, Wash., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Double Canyon, a winery dedicated to producing benchmark Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, announced today the addition of Kate Michaud as its winemaker. In her new role, Michaud will direct and oversee all winemaking operations, from vine to bottle.
"We're delighted to have Kate join the team, especially at such an exciting time for Double Canyon," said general manager and winegrower Will Beightol. "I look forward to working with her as we continue to build our brand and strive to create best-in-class, distinctive Washington-grown Cabernet Sauvignon."
Uniquely qualified, Michaud brings nearly 15 years of Washington State winemaking experience to the helm of Double Canyon's winery operations. Most recently, she was the first Washington-based winemaker funded by Naked Wines, through which she produced multiple 90+-point Cabernet Sauvignons. She previously served as a winemaker and assistant winemaker for Covey Run and Canoe Ridge, respectively.
Michaud's arrival comes at a pivotal time for Double Canyon, which is currently constructing a new, state-of-the-art winemaking facility in West Richland, Wash., in close proximity to the brand's namesake Double Canyon Vineyard in the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills appellation. As the facility nears completion, Michaud will offer direction on the 50,000-case capacity production facility, ensuring that all aspects meet the specifications desired to create top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon.
"To have a hand in building a winery and a brand—that's an enticing opportunity, to say the least," said Michaud. "I look forward to working with Will and the rest of the team to build on the strong wine program they have created over the past six vintages. I have been following the project from its inception, and I'm excited about what the future holds for Double Canyon."
Michaud resides in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, close to the future Double Canyon winemaking facility, with her husband, two daughters and dog.
About Double Canyon
Established in 2007, Double Canyon Vineyard resides in the heart of the award-winning Horse Heaven Hills region in Washington State. With a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Canyon produces wines that express the unique terroir of this distinctive, windswept desert region. For more information, visit www.doublecanyon.com.
About Crimson Wine Group
Based in the Napa Valley, Crimson Wine Group crafts benchmark wines from exceptional vineyards in premier wine growing regions throughout the U.S. Crimson owns and manages more than 1,000 acres of plantable vineyard land across six distinct regions. Crimson's diverse collection of exceptional domestic estates and wine brands includes Pine Ridge Vineyards (Napa, Calif.), Seghesio Family Vineyards (Healdsburg, Calif.), Archery Summit (Dayton, Ore.), Chamisal Vineyards (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Double Canyon (West Richland, Wash.) and Seven Hills Winery (Walla Walla, Wash.). For more information, please visit www.crimsonwinegroup.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements related to the development of a new winemaking facility in West Richland, Washington, and other statements regarding expectations that are not historical facts. These matters are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied. Crimson is subject to additional risks and uncertainties as described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Crimson's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except to the extent required by applicable law, Crimson undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
Public Relations, GreenRubino for Crimson Wine Group
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SOURCE Double Canyon