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Clearwater Canyon Cellars comes of age

7/8/2016

LEWISTON, Idaho – If Idaho winemakers Coco Umiker and her husband, Karl, had their way, the estate planting for their award-winning Clearwater Canyon Cellars would be named Nichols Vineyard.

During Friday’s state ceremony declaring Nichols Family Farm an official Idaho century farm, Coco joked while describing why her grandfather, the late Ralph E. Nichols, pushed hard in the direction of Karl’s surname.

“Grandpa would not let us name it ‘Nichols,’ ” Coco deadpanned. “He probably was thinking, ‘This is going to be a train wreck, and I don’t want my name on it, so please name it ‘Umiker.’ ”

Earl Bennett, trustee of the Idaho Historical Society, and the 40 or so family and friends attending the ceremony in the Lewiston Orchards roared with laughter.

“Luckily, Umiker Vineyard has done well,” Coco said, turning serious. “I think Grandpa was very proud of it by the time he left this Earth.”