Coach House Cellars is a boutique winery focused on small lot wine production. Partners Scott & Denise Whitman and Paxton & Shannon Rembert mission: Create highly sought after wines that reflect both the fruit and terra of the region using old world wine making techniques.
The name “Coach House” comes from the wineries humble beginnings where it was started in Paxton’s garage, what in times past would have been referred to as the coach house. Over the years, it has grown to consume that space, and plans are underway for a new facility.
Coach House Cellars, formed in 2010 in Whatcom County. The northern county in Washington, is a boutique winery committed to crafting small lot wine production in order to produce extraordinary wines. Their mission is to create highly sought wines that reflect both the fruit and terra of the region using old world wine making techniques. Coach House Cellars’ first commercial vintage was just 300 cases. Each year since then, the winery has grown with out losing their integrity and goal of creating exquisite wine. Each wine they make is meant to stand the test of time and are age worthy with plenty of structure balanced by intense fruit.
Coach House Cellar wines have won SAVOR NORTHWEST WINES award for Coach House Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, WINE SPECTATOR rated Coach House Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 91 Points and BEST OF THE NORTHWEST 2013 silver medal in Northsound Life’s best of the Northwest BEST WINERY category. Today, the winery produces approximately 1,500 cases annually.
Winemaker Scott Whitman and Paxton Rembert began creating wine in Paxton’s garage, over the years, it has grown to consume that space, and plans are underway for a new facility.
Our newest wine, GARAGE, is named after Coach House Cellars humble beginnings, where the wine was first created. We believe it will become an iconic brand that delivers quality at a friendly price.
Coach House Cellars believes each bottle of wine starts in the vineyard. These vineyards create premium fruit making our job easier. Copeland, Lowden Hills, and Sheridan. Creating great wines for our Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Garage Red Wine Blend and Chardonnay. The vineyards are located in the Yakima Valley of the Columbia Valley region.
Scott Whitman, Winemaker/Owner
Twenty years ago Scott began collecting wine. As his collection grew so did his interest in the process of winemaking. What made one wine better than another? How did they do that, and why doesn’t everyone do it that way? As his palette improved he noticed the bottle prices went up. The natural question to him was, “Can I make an affordable wine that tastes great?”. His entrepreneurial spirit had him researching the financial/business side of starting a winery. In 2007/2008 he realized it could be a viable business, and decided to take the “plunge”.
Scott began his quest in self-start winemaking. The fruit and terroir aspect of wine making appealed to him, as it brought together the skill he had learned in his childhood working on farms. The growing and harvesting of fruit. His adult career in the restaurant business has helped with the challenge of understanding the critical process, that is involved in making exceptional wine.
As Scott became acquainted with the Washington terra regions and wineries, he came to the decision that the Yakima Valley and Walla Walla Valley have the terra that best suit's his winemaking tastes. During the early years he developed a rapport with a number of local winemakers. Fort Walla Walla Cellars where he apprenticed the process of winemaking. Cliff Kontos and Jim Moyer were great mentors. And more recently Scott Greer, of Sheridan Vineyards. Who’s mentorship has been an inspiration to Coach House Cellars.
In 2010, Coach House Cellars was established and produced its first commercial vintage, of just over 400 cases. Today the winery produces 1,500 cases.
Scott enjoys time with his family; snowskiing in the winter, water sports in the summer and golfing in between. He still loves collecting wine, expanding his knowledge on wine, and has a new interest in fine coffees.
Paxton Rembert, Wine Drinker/Owner
Paxton’s taste in wine has evolved over the years, as his pallet for wines grew he noticed the way he drank his wine did as well. In the beginning his tastes favored the wines that were easy to drink, fruity with high sugar content. Paxton palette began to change and he began exploring other varietals and regions swirling and sipping his way through wines without taking the time to savor. He also began collecting wines in his garage to cellar his exploration.
As Paxton became acquainted with the Washington Terra regions and wineries, he came to the decision that the Yakima Valley and Walla Walla Valley have the terra that best suited his wine drinking tastes and so did the idea of partnering with his good friend Scott. Paxton is in charge of Coach House Cellar’s distribution. He loves sharing his Coach House Cellar wine and helping others discover their tastes in wine drinking.
Here are a few tips from Paxton on how to SWIRL, SIP and SAVOR your wine, and he never SPITS unless it's corked!
1. TEMPERATURE. Don’t serve a red wine at room temperature, especially on a hot day. Place your bottle in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving, and you will notice a difference in the quality immediately. It might be a good time to invite some of your wine drinking friends and test this theory out.
2. SWIRL. Hold the stem of your wine glass and gently swirl your wine for about 15 seconds to aerate, or add bubbles to the wine. This is an important step in the tasting process as the oxygen will help “open” your wine, giving off aromas and it also softens the wine, which is good.
3. SNIFF. Stick all of your nose into the glass and close your eyes, then breathe in deep. As you smell your wine think what scents you are picking up. There are no wrong answers, but if you should smell wet newspaper, moldy basement, wet rags or wet dog, theres a chance the wine is corked. Being “corked” of course would only be the case if the bottle had an actual cork.
4. SIP. Take a sip from your glass and let the wine sit in your mouth for a moment. So that you can take a moment to think about it. What does it taste like? Do you taste any of the smells you picked up? Is the wine drying out your mouth? (If so this means there are strong Tannins) Then swallow.
5. SAVOR. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the wine. Savor the time with your wine and those you are sharing it with!
Happy Wine Drinking!