Winery of the Month
Claiborne & Churchill Winery
We are proud to be partnering with Claiborne & Churchill during the month of April as our Winery of the Month. Everyday during the month at our Guest Wine Tasting Reception, we will be featuring tastes of their amazing varietals. Each Friday, we will feature their winemaker or winery representative at our Guest Reception. At our restaurant, be sure to order a glass of one of their delicious wines to pair with our local cuisine.
Claiborne & Churchill is a small, family-owned winery founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill. Clay began as a "cellar rat" in a local winery, learning the business from the ground up (actually underground), and soon the two were encouraged to start their own wine production in that host facility.
At Claiborne & Churchill traditional European wine making techniques prevail, including extensive use of barrel-fermentation and barrel-aging (even with Riesling and Gewürztraminer), minimal manipulation of juice and wine, "natural" or spontaneous fermentation using indigenous yeast, and limited use of SO2, all in the belief that the winemaker's task is to bring out the flavor and character that is latent in the grape. They specialize in Dry Gewürztraminer and Dry Riesling, modeled on the fruity but dry dinner wines of the French province of Alsace. Their aim is to create pleasurable dinner wines in which there is a harmonious balance of fruit and oak, structure and texture.
To appreciate the unique wines and the cozy ambiance of Claiborne & Churchill, a visit to the Tasting Room is a “must.” Located within the Wine Cellar of their “Straw Bale” Winery, the Tasting Room is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.