Paiute Indians start a wine company
The Cedar Band of Paiute Indians has ventured into the wine business, producing and bottling several varietals under the Twisted Cedar label.
Twisted Cedar’s wines are available in 11 states: Utah, Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
The Twisted Cedar cabernet sauvignon, malbec and a moscato are available for $14.95 a bottle in Utah state liquor stores. The chardonnay and zinfandel, also $14.95, are available by special order only.
Twisted Cedar has offices in Cedar City, but production and bottling take place at a California facility.
The company is selling most of its wines to the 400-plus American Indian gaming facilities across the United States and also selling through diversity programs to major on-premise organizations, according to a news release from CBC BevCo, a subdivision of the federally chartered Cedar Band Corporation.
The wines are certified sustainable by the Lodi Rules of Sustainable Winegrowing.
"The Cedar Band of Paiutes people are ever conscious of our relationship with the Earth, and are proud of our sustainably grown and farmed Twisted Cedar wines," said Laurel Yellowhorse, a member of the corporation’s board of directors.
Yellowhorse said the wines also will provide "employment opportunities and socioeconomic programs on the reservation."