Sugar Creek Dry White Wines
Chardonnay is Yellowstone River Wine and Sauvignon Blanc is Crystal Rapid Wine
Sugar Creek Yellowstone River Wine is made from California Chardonnay grapes and fermented in stainless steel producing a crisp, dry wine to be enjoyed with white meats, fish or by itself. Sugar Creek Chardonnay is named for the Yellowstone River which is the longest and last free flowing river in the lower 48 running 692 miles from the headwaters at Lake Yellowstone in NW Wyoming to the Mississippi River. Clear, cool swift and challenging, it offers river runners some of the best water Montana has to offer. Common lore states the name came from the yellow-colored rocks along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. French trappers called the river Roche Jaune (Yellow Rock) then Lewis and Clark made the English translation to Yellow Stone and the English name became the most widely used.
Sugar Creek Crystal Rapid Wine is a single varietal that completes fermentation in stainless steel tanks which provide a crisp, fresh taste with tropical fruit notes of grapefruit and peach. When slightly chilled, pairs well with fish or cheese. Sugar Creek Sauvignon Blanc is named for Crystal Rapid which is at Mile 98 on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and is one of the most feared and respected rapids on the entire river. Formed in 1966 when a flash flood in Crystal Canyon deposited a large boulder at the creek mouth which created one of the largest holes on the entire river. It is said that Crystal Rapid has caused more damage and death than any other rapid in the Grand Canyon. It is truly an amazing place and one that most river runners never forget.
Sugar Creek Semi-Dry White Wines
Riesling is Silver Grotto Wine
The Sugar Creek Silver Grotto Riesling is a single varietal fermented from California grapes and finished in stainless steel. It delivers an aromatic aroma that is crisp and clean with a slightly sweet taste. Its acidity makes the perfect accompaniment to spicy foods. Sugar Creek Riesling is named for the Silver Grotto which is located at Mile 29 on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon several hundred feet above the Shinumo Wash Campsite on river left. It is a hidden gem in one of the many slot canyons that challenges even the most experienced climber to reach its remote beauty.
Sugar Creek Sweet White Wines
Brianna is Bright Angel Wine and, Traminette is Sunflower Flats Wine
Sugar Creek Bright Angel Wine is made from grapes harvested from Sugar Creek Vineyard in Montgomery County, IN and produces and beautiful, bright aromatic wine with aromas of peach and pineapple. Enjoy it cooled with cheese. Sugar Creek Brianna Wine is named for the Bright Angel (Trail) which begins on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and follows a winding course reaching the Colorado River in 9.5 miles and 4,460 feet down. It is the most popular long distance trail in the Grand Canyon National Park. The trail was originally built by the Havasupai people for access to the perennial water source of present-day Garden Creek. History is unclear as to the naming rights but many credit John Wesley Powell, first man down the Colorado River in 1869, with saying upon finding this beautiful clear creek in contrast to the then muddy Colorado River, “we concluded to name it Bright Angel”.
Sugar Creek Sunflower Flats Wine is made from the Traminette grape that develops honey and apricot flavors. The grape’s acidity harmonizes with its fresh fruit aromas and floral, spicy flavors. It pairs well with Asian, poultry and seafood dishes. Traminette wine has been chosen by the Indiana Wine Grape Council as the signature wine of Indiana. Sugar Creek Traminette is named after Sunflower Flats which is located at Mile 32.6 on the Middle fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. It is a naturally occurring hot springs that welcomes rafters with a hot shower on river right as the water cascades from the spring to the river. The Middle Fork runs through the 2.3 million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
Sugar Creek Dry Red Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon is Vulcan’s Anvil Wine, Redwall Cavern is Chambourcin Dry Wine, Malbec Terminator Wine, Dagger Falls is Marquette Dry Wine, Pinto Noir is Velvet Falls Wine and Old Vine Zinfandel is Lava Falls Wine
Sugar Creek Vulcan’s Anvil Wine is Cabernet Sauvignon, a pleasant fruit-forward wine with soft tannins. It goes well with all red meats and barbecue. Vulcan’s Anvil was aged in French Oak for 12 months. It’s named after Vulcan’s Anvil which is at Mile 178 on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon protruding 50 feet from the calm pool that lies just before the river cascades into Lava Falls, the most dreaded rapids on the river. Vulcan’s Anvil was created by massive lava flows damming the river and marking the landscape in the lower part of the canyon. Native Americans consider Vulcan’s Anvil to be sacred and bad “juju” by simply touching it. Bad juju is not needed above Lava Falls. There is no bad juju in Sugar Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sugar Creek Vulcan’s Anvil Reserve Wine is aged in French Oak for 24 months.
Sugar Creek Redwall Cavern Wine The Chambourcin grapes for this wine are harvested from the Sugar Creek Vineyards. It is slightly dry with a fruity aroma and aged 12 months in French barrels to add just a hint of oak. It pairs nicely with pasta or barbecue. This Estate Grown dry Chambourcin is named Redwall Cavern which is encountered at Mile 33 on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. An enormous amphitheater carved by high river flows into the Canyon’s limestone walls, it’s a popular spot for river rafters to stop and explore. The first explorer of the Canyon, John Wesley Powell, believed it could hold 50,000 people. But even if that many could not fit inside, it is truly an amazing place to visit.
Sugar Creek Terminator Wine is a single varietal made from Malbec grapes harvested from the Maipo Valley Region of Chile. After fermentation, it was aged in French Oak for 12 months. Terminator Malbec is fruit forward with low acidity and light tannins. The shorter finish pairs well with leaner red meats, blue cheese and rustic flavors like mushrooms. Sugar Creek’s Malbec is named after the Terminator Rapid located in Inferno Canyon on the Futaleufú River (few-ta’-lay-few) in Patagonia, Chile. The name is an indigenous word meaning “Big River.” Locals refer to the valley as “un paisaje pintado por dios”—a landscape painted by God. It is one of the premier whitewater rivers in the world. The river is fed by glacial snow melt in the Andean lakes region of Chile
Sugar Creek Dagger Falls Wine is an estate grown dry Marquette. It is a medium bodied wine with aromas of cherries and blackberries and pairs well with cheeseburgers and spicy chili. Dagger Falls wine was aged in French Oak for 12 months. Sugar Creek Dry Marquette is named for Dagger Falls which just upstream from the official put-in at Boundary Creek for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. It was once considered to be unrunable but now has been navigated by many rafts and kayaks with the first documented successful run in May, 2005.
Sugar Creek Velvet Falls Pinot Noir Wine is a single varietal made from grapes sourced in the premier Pinot Noir growing area of Willamette Valley Oregon. Aged in French Oak for 12 months and bottled aged for 12 more months, it is a medium red wine with black cherry notes. Enjoy it with white meats, fish or just to relax. Sugar Creek Pinot Noir is named for Velvet Falls rapid which is found on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. It is located just 5 miles from the put-in at Boundary Creek so it is one of the first named rapids encountered and can surprise even the most experienced boater. It is named Velvet because, while being a formidable rapid, it is very quiet. It surprises many paddlers as they find themselves in the midst of it with no warning. We hope our Velvet Falls will surprise you, too
Sugar Creek Lava Falls Old Vine Zinfandel Wine is a single varietal made from grapes harvested from the Lodi, California vineyards. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French Oak for 12 months. This Zin is fruit forward with light tannins and pairs well with moderately spiced foods. Sugar Creek’s Old Vine Zinfandel is named for Lava Falls on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon which is one of the largest navigable rapids in the northern hemisphere and is considered one of the most difficult in the US. It is the standard against which all other rapids in the Grand Canyon are judged. We use Lava Falls Old Vine Zinfandel Wine as the metric by which we judge all of the Sugar Creek Dry Red Wines
Sugar Creek Zinfandel Reserve Wine is aged in French Oak for 24 months.
Sugar Creek Semi-Sweet Red Wines
Chambourcin Rosé is Ruby Rapid Wine
Sugar Creek Ruby Rapid Wine is a rosé made from the Chambourcin grape. rosé is a “read and run,” too. A straightforward, no surprises wine. This wine won the Non-Commercial Wine of the Year in 2017 at the Indy International Wine Competition held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. It is made from Estate Grown grapes harvested in Montgomery County, Indiana and bottled as a single varietal, slightly sweet, fruit-forward wine which is pleasant with or without food. Sugar Creek’s Rosé is named for Ruby Rapid which is located at Mile 105 on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. It is the last of a series of rapids known as the “Gems.” Crystal Rapid starts the run, followed by Agate, Sapphire, Turquoise, Emerald, and then Ruby. It is a nice Class III series that the river guides simply say, “read and run.” Sugar Creek Rosé is a “read and run,” too. A straightforward, no surprises wine.
Sugar Creek Sweet Red Wines
Concord is Sweet’s Falls Wine and, Marquette Sweet is Redside Rapid Wine and Zinfandel Sweet is Rubicon Wine
Sugar Creek Sweet’s Falls Wine is a wine fermented from the Concord grape and produces a highly aromatic and pleasantly sweet wine. Sugar Creek Sweet’s Falls wine is named for a solid Class V rapid on the Gauley River in West Virginia. It is one of the most popular advanced whitewater runs in the Eastern US and the chief feature of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. The “Falls” formerly known as Devil’s Backbone was renamed after John Sweet, a canoeist and the first decked-boater to run it in 1968. Each year starting the Friday after Labor Day, the Army Corps of Engineers provides a series of 22 controlled releases for the express purpose of downriver recreation. These releases are collectively known as “Gauley Season” and are scheduled on six successive weekends.
Sugar Creek Redside Rapid Wine is a sweet single varietal wine made of Marquette grapes harvested from the Sugar Creek Vineyard in Montgomery County, Indiana. Chill and enjoy. Sugar Creek Redside Rapid gets its name from the rapid located at Mile 82 on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho just above Stoddard Creek which runs through the 2.3 million-acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. It is one of the premier river running streams as it passes through one of the largest wilderness area in the lower 48. It is a Class II to IV depending on water level. It is short with a steep drop among huge boulders.
Sugar Creek’s Rubicon Wine is a single varietal made from Lodi, California Zinfandel grapes. Rubicon will pair well with salty cheeses, potato chips, pretzels, and french fries. Sugar Creek Sweet Zinfandel is named after the Rubicon River which has a double meaning. Originally known for its place in Roman history as the river made famous by Julius Caesar’s crossing in 49 BC. The word Rubicō comes from the Italian rubeus, meaning “red”. However, for Sugar Creek Winery, Rubicon is named for the Rubicon River in the Upper Middle Fork of American River located in the Desolation and Granite Chief Wilderness areas of California and the One–in-A-Million Rapid.