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Upchurch Vineyard Debuts 2015 Counterpart

Posted on August 10, 2017

Benton City, WA, August 10, 2017 --- Chris and Thea Upchurch, recognized for their Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, have announced the upcoming release of 2015 Counterpart, a Merlot dominant blend crafted from their 18-acre estate on Washington’s Red Mountain. The latest addition to the Upchurch portfolio will be available in November 2017.

While the Upchurch Cabernet has garnered much praise, Chris has continued to “dabble in his workshop”, evolving the winery’s portfolio and continuing to take advantage of the unique terroir he calls home. “With the evolution of Upchurch Vineyard, we discovered that all of the design work and clonal selection for Cabernet worked beautifully for our Merlot and has produced some of the best Merlot we’ve seen in a long time,” remarked Chris. “Counterpart is specifically designed to showcase this discovery.”

Upchurch’s vineyard manager Dick Boushey added with a smile, “The Merlot does so well each year. It is resilient, despite all of the climate change and our manipulation; it performs well, in spite of both us and Mother Nature.”

2015 Counterpart will be available this November through the winery, to wine club members, and at select accounts nationwide. Currently, preorders are being taken at

In recognition of Thea’s Dutch heritage, the Counterpart label is an interpretation of Amsterdam’s architecture viewed from its canals. The black and white geometric image was designed by Plume 21.

Chris concluded, “Upchurch Vineyard is an ongoing family project dedicated to developing and exploring this small plot on the southwest corner of Red Mountain. Our 2015 Counterpart showcases how our small vine, sustainably farmed philosophy as well as low impact winemaking can produce as impressive Merlot as it already has with our Cabernets."

Upchurch Vineyard 2015 COUNTERPART
65% Merlot & 35% Cabernet Sauvignon
150 cases produced
$50/bottle suggested retail price


As the founding winemaker and a partner at DeLille Cellars since 1992, Chris Upchurch has crafted some of the finest and most award winning wines in Washington State. He is the only winemaker to produce two Washington State brands to receive 5 stars (outstanding) in Robert Parker’s Wine Buyers Guide, for both DeLille Cellars and Doyenne.


Upchurch Vineyard is dedicated to sustainable farming and is certified by L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), a non-profit organization that promotes and certifies sustainable vineyard practices. It is also certified “Salmon Safe” which is a program to protect Pacific Northwest water sheds and the wild life that thrives within them.

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