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AWARD-WINNING BARNARD GRIFFIN WINERY CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY – WINEMAKER SETS STATE ENDURANCE RECORD!

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Richland, Wash. (April, 2013) — When Rob Griffin graduated from the UC Davis wine program in 1977, he ignored the advice of his instructors to stay in California. Instead, he headed to the Pacific Northwest with a dream of crafting fine artisan wine in Washington State.

Griffin now holds the honor of being Washington State’s most enduring winemaker; making wine on a continuous basis in Washington longer than any other winemaker in the state. His Barnard Griffin Winery of Richland, Wash., is celebrating its 30th year in operation.

Head winemaker Griffin, along with his wife and business partner Deborah Barnard, launched their Winery label and venture in 1983 and established the Richland facility, located in the Tri-Cities area in Eastern Washington, in 1996.

As part of the 30-year celebration, they’ve completed a total expansion and renovation of their winery property. “This is the next step for us as a business; to grow and to incorporate the second generation,” says Griffin. “We can’t wait to show it off to folks who haven’t had a chance to visit lately. It’s quite an expansive renovation inside and out. It’s a whole new winery.”

“Slow and steady growth was and is our Mantra. And it worked,” said partner and wife Deborah, upon reflection on the winery’s success.  “With our winery’s 30th year anniversary, we are one of the top wineries in the state by any measure and this is out of a field of more than 700 Washington state wineries.”

As part of the new remodel/expansion, Deborah Barnard’s fused-glass studio, db gallery, was given a new home within the winery complex.  Deborah teaches glass classes, constructs her own work, and hosts nationally acclaimed guest artists.

In its first year of the winery’s operation, 400 cases of Fumé Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling were produced. In its second year, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were added to the production list. Today Barnard Griffin is now one of the largest privately owned Washington wineries, producing 70,000 cases per year.

When asked what makes him the most proud regarding his wines over the last 30 years, Rob cited three achievements:  “I suppose that number one for me is our focus on creating a master quality wine throughout our entire line. From Fumé to Cabernet, each wine is varietally accurate. This is difficult to achieve and requires constant vigilance. Secondly, we work extraordinarily hard to maintain Vintage-to-Vintage consistency, even though Mother Nature likes to throw us a curve ball from time to time.

Thirdly, I am proud of the extent of the recognition our wines have received. And of all the recognition, I am particularly pleased with having won Gold or Better at the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition for our Rosé of Sangiovese for seven years in a row. And, this wine competition is based on a double-blind evaluation by 50 – 60 judges, which is a formidable gauntlet for any varietal.  Plus our Cabernets have won Gold or better in the Washington State Wine Competition for five years in a row.  I feel that this underscores our approach to constancy and consistency.”

Barnard Griffin currently produces two labels. The Reserve Label wines are crafted in very limited quantities from the best vineyard lots in the region, using European, French, and American oak.

Barnard Griffin’s signature Tulip Label wine is one of Washington’s most easily recognized wines and is available in restaurants and stores across the country.

Rob looks back fondly on his career as a winemaker. From his first days in Sonoma Valley and as a student at the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California, Davis, he always recognized the great potential of Washington Wine Country, which is on the same northern latitude as France’s winegrowing regions.

He began his career in Washington wine at Preston Wine Cellars, where he worked as winemaker for seven years and was awarded the first ever ‘Double Gold’ by the Enological Society of the Northwest. He later became head winemaker at Hogue Cellars, where he worked for eight years.

“I had a wealth of wonderful experiences. Of course, when I married Deborah in 1980 and we opened Barnard Griffin in 1983, I didn’t know we would be destined for 30 years of success.  But what a wonderful milestone we are celebrating, not just for ourselves but also for the State of Washington, its wines, and our fans.”

Recent acclaim for Barnard Griffin wines:

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE’S 2013 WINE COMPETITION

(Largest American competition in the world):
Best in Class for ’11 Chardonnay and Gold for ’08 Reserve Cabernet

 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE’S 2012 WINE COMPETITION:

Best of the Best Rosés for Rosé of Sangiovese

Rosé winning Gold or better for an unprecedented 7 years in a row!

WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE:

“Top 100 Best Buys of 2011″ for ‘09 Fumé Blanc,

94 points for Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE:

“Top 100 Most Exciting Wines” for 2009 for Riesling

2011 WASHINGTON WINE COMPETITION:

Best Merlot and Double Gold; Best Red, Best Cabernet, and Gold for Cabernet Sauvignon

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 About Barnard Griffin

Barnard Griffin is a family-owned winery located in Richland, Wash.. Co-owners Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard have been making wine and garnering international acclaim under the Barnard Griffin label since 1983, and Rob Griffin has been making wine in Washington State since 1977.  Barnard Griffin is currently producing more than 70,000 cases of wine per year including Barbera, Cabernet-Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ciel du Cheval Merlot, Fumé, Grenache, Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, Malbec, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé of Sangiovese, Semillon, Syrah, Syrah Port, Viognier, Zinfandel and a variety of blends.

Barnard Griffin has received heavy praise for many of its wines, and continues to demonstrate leadership in the Washington wine industry.  Rob was named the 2010 Honorary Vintner for the prestigious Auction of Washington Wines, and has been making wine, on a continuous basis, longer than any other Washington state winemaker.

Barnard Griffin currently produces two labels, both available through retail stores, wine clubs and online wine venues.  The limited production Reserve Label wines are crafted in very small quantities from the best vineyard lots in the region, using European, French and American oak.  Barnard Griffin’s signature Tulip Label wine, one of Washington state’s most recognized wines, is available in restaurants and stores across the country as well as via Barnard Griffin’s online wine store and wine clubs.

Barnard Griffin selects its grapes from regions throughout Washington state’s Columbia Valley including Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, and other AVA’s. Barnard Griffin works with small family growers and favors long-term contracts with dedicated acreage for vineyard continuity and quality.

The winery and tasting room are located at 878 Tulip Lane in Richland, Wash. For more information, please visit www.BarnardGriffin.com or call (509) 627-0266.

© 2013, Barnard Griffin™ Winery, Richland, WA  99352

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News Releases

UNPRECEDENTED! BARNARD GRIFFIN ROSÉ OF SANGIOVESE WINS FOR 7th YEAR IN A ROW IN SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition
January 17th, 2012

MORE INFORMATION: 1/17/12 Elise Barnard Griffin: 509-627-0266 UNPRECEDENTED! BARNARD GRIFFIN ROSÉ OF SANGIOVESE WINS FOR 7th YEAR IN A ROW IN SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition     JUDGES AGAIN SELECT BARNARD GRIFFIN’S ROSÉ OF SANGIOVESE   AS THE BEST IN ITS CATEGORY   RICHLAND, WA: Barnard Griffin has won the Sweepstake award, Gold and […]


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December 11th, 2011

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Barnard Griffin declared the best Rosé in America
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MORE INFORMATION: 1/11/11 Elise Barnard Griffin:    509-627-0266 UNPRECEDENTED! BARNARD GRIFFIN ROSÉ OF SANGIOVESE WINS BEST OF THE BEST ROSÉ IN SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Wine Competition JUDGES SELECTED BARNARD GRIFFIN 2010 ROSÉ OF SANGIOVESE AS THE BEST IN ITS CATEGORY RICHLAND, WA: Barnard Griffin has won the Sweepstake award, Gold and Best of Class for best […]


Rob Griffin Named Honorary Vintner of the Year
August 12th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/12/10 Contact:  Elise Griffin: 509-627-0266 ROB GRIFFIN OF BARNARD GRIFFIN WINERY NAMED HONORARY VINTNER FOR PRESTIGIOUS AUCTION OF WASHINGTON WINES A true Washington Wine Pioneer, Griffin has been crafting fine wine on a continuing basis longer than any other state of Washington winemaker RICHLAND, WA:  (August, 2010) – Rob Griffin, co-owner and […]


Barnard Griffin’s Cabernet Sauvignon Wins BEST OF SHOW at Washington State Wine Competition
August 5th, 2010

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BARNARD GRIFFIN CELEBRATES WASHINGTON WINE MONTH
July 27th, 2010

7/27/10 Elise Griffin: 509-627-0266 BARNARD GRIFFIN CELEBRATES WASHINGTON WINE MONTH These Wines Are Some of The Summer’s Best Values RICHLAND, WA:  Washington is the second largest wine producing state in the U.S.  The Barnard Griffin Winery is celebrating August Washington Wine Month with a special retail display promotion in leading grocery outlets and top wine […]


BARNARD GRIFFIN RIESLING RANKED AS ONE OF THE “TOP 100 WINES OF THE YEAR” BY WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE
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BARNARD GRIFFIN WINERY SUPPORTS CHARITY TIE-IN WITH SKAGITONIANS TO PRESERVE FARMLAND
March 17th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MORE INFORMATION: March 17, 2010                                                                                      Elise Barnard Griffin BARNARD GRIFFIN WINERY SUPPORTS CHARITY TIE-IN WITH SKAGITONIANS TO PRESERVE FARMLAND WINE WITH THE TULIPS ON THE LABEL WELCOMES 2010 SKAGIT VALLEY TULIP SEASON RICHLAND, WA:  March 17, 2010: Famously known for the bed of tulips graphic on its labels, Barnard Griffin wines […]


BARNARD GRIFFIN WINERY GOLDEN AGAIN WITH TWO GOLD MEDALS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE 2010 WINE COMPETITION
January 21st, 2010

Consistent top honors for Rob Griffin’s interpretation of Rose of Sangiovese Varietal wins gold or better for fifth consecutive year.


BARNARD GRIFFIN WINERY WINS AWARD FOR BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON IN WASHINGTON STATE
August 12th, 2009

Barnard Griffin’s 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Wins Stan Clarke Award and Double Gold at 2009 Washington State Wine Competition.


BARNARD GRIFFIN HONORS CONTINUE TO FLOW IN 2009 WITH FIVE SEATTLE WINE AWARDS
June 3rd, 2009

The Barnard Griffin Winery chalked up five awards at the 2009 Seattle Wine Awards.


BARNARD GRIFFIN MERLOT SCORES GOLD AT 2009 RIVERSIDE WINE COMPETITION
May 20th, 2009

Barnard Griffin Winery Racking Up Strong Accolades Early in 2009.


BARNARD GRIFFIN WINS BEST OF SHOW FOR RED WINE AT 2009 MONTEREY WINE COMPETITION
March 19th, 2009

Barnard Griffin’s 2006 Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley, has won “Best of Show” for the Red Wine category at the prestigious 2009 Monterey Wine Competition.


CONSISTENT TOP HONORS FOR ROB GRIFFIN’S INTERPRETATION OF ROSE OF SANGIOVESE VARIETAL WINS GOLD OR BETTER FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
January 28th, 2009

Barnard Griffin’s 2008 Rose of Sangiovese has won a gold medal with the most competition ever in the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.


BARNARD GRIFFIN WINERY GOLDEN AGAIN WITH THREE GOLD MEDALS
January 28th, 2009

Three Barnard Griffin wines have won gold medals or better with the most competition ever in the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.


NEW LIMITED PRODUCTION BARNARD GRIFFIN WINE RELEASES JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAYS
December 10th, 2008

Exciting new limited production wine releases from Barnard Griffin Winery, founded by Washington state wine pioneers Deborah Barnard and Rob Griffin, are here just in time for the holidays.


Outstanding Quotes

What Wine People say about Barnard Griffin

Updated:

6/15/10

“In a few weeks, winemaker Rob Griffin will celebrate his 30th anniversary making wine in Washington.  That’s a milestone few in this state have reached, and even fewer have surpassed. . . .Griffin has carved a trail laden with wonderfully fresh, carefully rendered wines that deliver what I think of as true-to-varietal, true-to-place flavors.  Barnard Griffin has steadily grown to become the state’s largest family owned winery (neck-and-neck with Hedges).  Tasting through the winery’s expansive lineup of current releases should be mandatory for any winemaker in Washington who aspires to similar breadth and depth.  Because few, if any, do it as well as Griffin does across the varietal spectrum, while keeping prices (and alcohol levels) in check. . . . I rarely find myself recommending an entire lineup of wines from any single winery—but in this instance, I will make an exception.  Everything in this lineup deserves your attention.”

Paul Gregutt
Wine Columnist
SEATTLE TIMES

“. . .Barnard Griffin is, in my view, perhaps our most underrated winery.  For years, winemaker Rob Griffin has been quietly crafting some of the best-made and well-priced wines in the region… It wasn’t until the early 1990s that Griffin finally devoted himself fully to his own wines. During those years he developed a careful touch, making wines that could be appreciated and afforded by nearly everyone.  He has always eschewed the bling of flashy oak and high alcohol found in many of the trendy glam vins and instead concentrated on balance, quality and value.”

Richard Kinssies
Wine Columnist
SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER

Tri-City winemaker Rob Griffin continues to solidify his place as one of the world’s best syrah producers.”

TRI-CITY HERALD

“. . . Griffin . . . Has been making wine in Washington probably longer than anyone . . . The Barnard Griffin brand is considered a benchmark for every variety you can imagine. Furthermore, Griffin’s wines are built to last.  And even with all the accolades and awards, Barnard Griffin wines are not considered expensive in this age of ever-increasing wine prices. . . .Griffin has been one of the most articulate Washington wine ambassadors and at the forefront of state’s wine renaissance, making some of the most complex, tasty and memorable merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and fume blanc wines in America.”

Bob Woehler
Wine Columnist
TRI-CITY HERALD
PACIFIC NORTHWEST WINERY OF THE YEAR: 2006

“The quality has been apparent.  In 2005, Barnard Griffin, collected 43 medals in regional, national and international competitions, a number comparable to those it’s won each year during the past decade.  And with this much success, it’s a wonder to many why Barnard Griffin continues to keep prices so affordable. . . Yet Griffin has gained a cult following of sorts, especially for his syrah, a wine he didn’t begin to make until 1998.  Yet today, he is generally considered among the country’s finest syrah producers, regularly winning top awards at the best competitions.”

WINE PRESS NORTHWEST


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