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Sparkman Cellars

Sparkman Cellars

Down the "row" of Woodinville, Washington wineries-in-warehouses, near our old friends at Mark Ryan, is Chris Sparkman's (or Sparky, as he is called) Sparkman Cellars. Chris is one of those super talented winemakers whose delightful love of life comes through in the names and styles of his big red wines.

A Seattle transplant, Chris was born and raised on the east coast, and still sports a southern accent from his Nashville roots. First in Washington DC and New Orleans, then in Seattle, he was a sommelier and wine buyer at great restaurants, ending up at Seattle's Waterfront Grill as general manager for six years.

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Sparkman Cellars Stella Mae Columbia Valley 2010

2010 Wine Spectator - 91 points - Firm, with tannins gripping a plush core of black currant, blackberry ...


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$43.16

$47.95 Regular

Sparkman Darkness Syrah Boushey Vineyard 2011

Wine Spectator 93 Points

Rich, round and generous, not at all heavy, this is effusive, offering b...


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$51.26

$56.95 Regular

Sparkman Cellars Ruby Leigh Red 2010

The 2010 vintage has a nose of violets, chocolate, cassis and French vanilla. Flavors include black cherry and mocha. The ...


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$44.95

$49.95 Regular

Sparkman Syrah Ruckus 2010

Wine Spectator 94 points and "Hot Wine"

Juicy, spicy and full of personality, offering mineral and p...

It's always fun to watch a break-out happen in the wine biz - when a winery bursts into the national spotlight with a great review. That happened to Sparkman Cellars, with a 94 from Wine Spectator and a feature as a "Hot Wine." Sparkman got his start with the help of Mark Ryan - need I say more?


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$40.46

$44.95 Regular

Sparkman Cellars Malbec Preposterous 2010

Wine Spectator 94 points and "Hot Wine"

Vibrant, focused and expressive, offering a gorgeous mouthfu...


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$34.16

$37.95 Regular

Sparkman Cellars Stella Mae Columbia Valley 2010

2010 Wine Spectator - 91 points - Firm, with tannins gripping a plush core of black currant, blackberry ...


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$21.55

$23.95 Regular

Sparkman Cellars This Old Porch Rose 2011

A very dry, very pink, delicious rose with flavors of melon, guava, and strawberries....


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$22.45

$24.95 Regular

More About Sparkman Cellars

As a noted sommelier, Chris got to know the vintners who visited the Grill. Tasting their wines and making what would become close friendships, he caught the winemaking bug. Over the next few years, he gradually shifted to a career as a fulltime winemaker - via our friend Mark McNeilly, the generous owner of Mark Ryan. Mark McNeilly has helped several talented winemakers in Woodinville's warehouse row to get started - and Chris has been one of the most successful.

at right, Chris, Kelly, Stella Mae, and Ruby Leigh Sparkman

Chris's first vintages (2004-2006) were made with Mark at the Mark Ryan warehouse space. Sparkman Cellars moved into their own space for the 2007 vintage. In the tradition of his friends up and down the row, Chris hunts down and grabs some first-class grapes from Yakima and Walla Walla Valley vineyard every year. His wines are big and bold, with his own trademark style. Big yet refined, his zest for life shows through in every sip.

Below, Kiona Vineyard in the Red Mountain AVA, where Chris gets much of his fruit

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