1. Articles in category: Winemakers

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    1. Talk Wine with Me: Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis of Ghost Hill Cellars

      Explore Sip With Me! (Jul 7 2014)

      Talk Wine with Me: Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis of Ghost Hill Cellars

      In this on-going interview series, I will introduce you to a different Oregon winemaker in the hopes that as you learn more about them, you'll also be interested in learning more about their wines. You might discover how and why they came to make wine, you may gain a better understanding of their palate and how it influences the wines they craft, you might get some great new ideas for what and where to eat, what to drink, or you might get a glimpse of the future. Whatever you take away, I hope includes a deeper appreciation for the ...

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    2. Talk Wine with Me: Jason Brumley of Xylem Wines

      Explore Sip With Me! (Jun 25 2014)

      Talk Wine with Me: Jason Brumley of Xylem Wines

      This new series of articles will expose a side of the winemaker you don't often see—their up-close and personal side. The purpose is for you to learn a little more about each winemaker's philosophy.You might discover how and why they came to make wine, you may gain a better understanding of their palates and how it influences the wines the make, you might just get some great new ideas for what to eat and what to drink or you might get a glimpse of the future. Whatever you do take away, I hope it includes further ...

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    3. Lasting Legacy

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (May 30 2014)

      Lasting Legacy

      Sometimes seeing a wine label brings back memories of past wines tasted. There it was on the shelf — a 2008 Pinot Noir under the Sarah Powell Wines label.

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    4. Hoping to Answer Southern Oregon's Ultimate Question: Barrel 42

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (May 29 2014)

      Hoping to Answer Southern Oregon's Ultimate Question: Barrel 42

      From Corey McTaggart Herb Quady and Brian Gruber have worked together in both the vineyard and the winery for many years.This year they formed a new partnership: a custom crush business by the name of Barrel 42. Herb Quady never guessed that he would be a winemaker like his father, Andrew Quady of the famous dessert wine Quady Winery in Madera, Central Valley, California. And yet, a political science degree later, Herb decided that “there is more truth in wine-making than politics”.

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    5. An Interview with Winemaker Kim Kramer of Kramer Vineyards

      Explore Vindulge Wine Blog (May 15 2014)

      An Interview with Winemaker Kim Kramer of Kramer Vineyards

      I first met winemaker Kim Kramer, of Kramer Vineyards, last fall during their Oenocamp – a day-in-the-life of harvest event created to teach consumers about sparkling wine production.

      I’ve since grown to know her through Twitter and a series of virtual tastings she conducts for bloggers to better understand her wines.

      Kramer Vineyards Virtual Tasting

      In each series she focuses on a specific theme; one such tasting focused on the release of a unique sparkling wine made from Carmine grapes, one was a three year vertical of their Chardonnay, another was a four year vertical of their Pinot Noir.  In each tasting I grew ...

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    6. Behind the Wine Label: Oregon’s female powerhouses

      Explore 1859 Oregon Magazine (May 15 2014)

      Behind the Wine Label: Oregon’s female powerhouses

      A label is only the surface-level story of the wine. A winemaker’s job, besides making the best wine possible with a given vintage, is often to be the face of the brand. Winemakers attend wine dinners near and far, and participate in market tastings to acquaint potential consumers with their wines. With so many bottles on the shelf to choose from, it’s not easy to develop brand loyalty. Opportunities that allow the winemaker to display his or her personality and create a faithful fan are often what bring people back to the same wines each year. Discovering how ...

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    7. How today's rising-star Oregon winemakers are making it in a tough market: Wine Notes

      Explore oregonlive.com (Apr 23 2014)

      How today's rising-star Oregon winemakers are making it in a tough market: Wine Notes

      As they tasted each other's wines, four promising independent winemakers revealed the recipe for launching an indie wine brand in today's cutthroat environment: a shoestring budget, shared winery space and a lot of hard work.

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    8. Oregon wine community reflects on life of Elkton’s John Bradley

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Apr 10 2014)

      Oregon wine community reflects on life of Elkton’s John Bradley

      John Bradley’s three decades of winegrowing helped blaze a trail in Oregon for what became the Elkton American Viticultural Area.

      This spring, however, the close-knit wine community embarks on its first vintage without Bradley, who died unexpectedly earlier this year. He was 65.

      “It was a true shock to us and all in Elkton,” winemaker Terry Brandborg told Great Northwest Wine. “In no small measure, John was the glue for all of us.”

      Bradley, who founded Bradley Vineyards, died suddenly Jan. 22 from abdominal blood clots related to cancer that had spread rapidly. His involvement in the region went ...

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    9. Weekly Interview: Chris Williams

      Explore Terroirist (Mar 17 2014)

      Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Chris Williams, the winemaker at Brooks Winery in Amity, Oregon.

      Brooks was created in 1998 by Jimi Brooks.

      A Portland native, Jimi fell in love with wine – and learned how to make it – while working for the Deschamps family in Beaujolais in the early 1990s. When he returned to Oregon in 1996, he landed a job with WillaKenzie Estate, where he worked under Laurent Montalieu. Two years later, he launched his own brand while still working at WillaKenzie.

      In 2004 ...

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    10. A Good Foundation...

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Mar 4 2014)

      A Good Foundation...

      by Corey McTaggart Southern Oregon Wine-making Legend Sarah Powell Lives On Teetering on the uneven grass floor in stilettos and a little black dress through a tent filled with over seventy wine tables, one caught my eye. I had heard that name before. I managed to walk up with some difficulty and reintroduce myself to another known figure in the Southern Oregon wine industry.

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    11. THE FUTURE OF OREGON SPARKLING WINE

      Explore Grapecollective.com (Mar 3 2014)

      THE FUTURE OF OREGON SPARKLING WINE

      You can't talk about historic Oregon wineries without mentioning Sokol Blosser. The winery's first vineyards were planted in 1971 by Founders Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser. Recently their son, Alex Sokol Blosser, has been appointed winemaker. He, along with sister Allison Sokol Blosser and brother Nik Blosser, is leading the winery into its second generation of operation. As a fan of sparkling wine and of Sokol Blosser's offering in this category, Evolution Sparkling, I asked Alex about the state of sparkling wine in Oregon. I was also curious about the decision-making process that goes into bottling ...

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    12. Oregon’s Herb Quady leaves Troon for custom winemaking

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Feb 27 2014)

      Oregon’s Herb Quady leaves Troon for custom winemaking

      Oregon winemaker Herb Quady announced his resignation Sunday fromTroon Vineyard to focus on his own brand and launch a custom winemaking business in the Rogue Valley.

      “I’m looking forward to spending more time on Quady North and forming my new custom wine house: Barrel 42,” Quady told Great Northwest Wine.

      Mae's Vineyard in the Applegate Valley is the estate vineyard for Quady North. It is planted to Viognier, Syrah and Cabernet Franc.

      Mae’s Vineyard in the Applegate Valley is the estate vineyard for Quady North. It is planted to Viognier, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. (Photo courtesy of Herb Quady)

      Brian Gruber, who resigned in January as director of operations at Troon, will partner with Quady in Barrel 42. Their ...

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    13. Alex Sokol Blosser takes over winemaking at Oregon winery

      Explore Great Northwest Wine (Feb 27 2014)

      Alex Sokol Blosser takes over winemaking at Oregon winery

      For the first time in its long, pioneering history in the Oregon wine business, someone with the last name of Sokol Blosser is the head winemaker at Sokol Blosser Winery in the Dundee Hills.

      Alex Sokol Blosser, son of Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser, was announced as head winemaker Tuesday. He succeeds Russ Rosner, who retired after 15 years as Sokol Blosser’s winemaker.

      “About three years ago, Russ decided to retire,” Alex Sokol Blosser told Great Northwest Wine. “I said I would love to take on that responsibility. Russ, fortunately, gave us the opportunity to have a transition ...

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    14. Tony Rynders Named Consulting Winemaker For Zena Crown

      Explore Wine Business (Jan 16 2014)

      Jackson Family Wines is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with renowned Oregon winemaker, Tony Rynders, who will take on the role of consulting winemaker for the family's Zena Crown property in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Rynders will work closely with winemaker, Shane Moore, who relocated to Oregon in early 2013. Both Rynders and Moore share expertise and skill crafting Oregon Pinot Noir. Rynders has become one of the top winemakers in Oregon, with over 20 years of experience, producing wines for highly regarded wineries in the Willamette Valley while Moore, as former associate winemaker for La ...

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    15. Sarah Powell's winemaking legacy carries on

      Explore Mailtribune.com (Jan 2 2014)

      Sometimes seeing a wine label brings back memories of past wines tasted. There it was on the shelf — a 2008 Pinot Noir under the Sarah Powell Wines label.

      Sarah Powell is a legend among local wine-grape growers and winemakers. She was a pioneer in bringing wines from this region to a new level of excellence.

      She became the winemaker at Ted Gerber's Foris Winery in the Illinois Valley in 1991. She had studied viticulture and enology at the Lycee Agricole de Macon-Davaye in Burgundy, France, received a degree in Fermentation Science at University of California, Davis, and had made ...

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    16. Trisaetum winemaker James Frey in Yamhill Valley paints big, bold canvases, too (photos)

      Explore oregonlive.com (Nov 13 2013)

      Trisaetum winemaker James Frey in Yamhill Valley paints big, bold canvases, too (photos)

      Frey spends April to November with the grapes and wine. Once things slow down after late riesling harvest, he spends the December holiday season with the family as he builds frames and stretches canvases he will paint from January to March.

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    17. Winemakers of the Willamette Valley

      Explore wweek.com (Nov 13 2013)

      Winemakers of the Willamette Valley

      In conversation with Oregon oenophiles, California is a curse word. John Vincent and Vivian Perry capitalize on this fiery state pride with Winemakers of the Willamette Valley: Pioneering Vintners from Oregon’s Wine Country (American Palate, 160 pages, $19.99). Part travel guide, part manifesto and part biography, it catalogs the emerging second generation of Willamette Valley winemakers with 15 profiles of purple-handed heirs. In his foreword, veteran vintner Harry Peterson-Nedry dubs them the “validation generation.”

      After the truncated introduction’s Wiki-like overview of Willamette wine history, Perry and Vincent explore current production. Chapters chronicling Penner-AshMatzinger Davies andBoedecker ...

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    18. Second-generation winemaker at Ponzi celebrates 20th vintage

      Explore Untitled Document (Nov 7 2013)

      The following from Ponzi Vineyards: Harvest 2013 marks 20 years at the helm for second generation Ponzi Vineyards owner and winemaker, Luisa Ponzi. The milestone brings into focus her two decades of achievements and dedication to the Ponzi Vineyards brand and the region at large.

      The family winery, established in 1970 in Beaverton, was founded on the principles of showcasing the bounty of the region by producing some of the nation’s first carefully crafted, high quality, cool-climate Pinot noir. The youngest daughter of winery founders Dick and Nancy carries on this ambition with her innovations in the vineyard and ...

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    19. Jacques Lardière's New Adventure in Oregon

      Explore Wine-Searcher. Find and Price Wines. (Nov 6 2013)

      Jacques Lardière's New Adventure in Oregon
      In 2012, Jacques Lardière retired after 42 years as technical director of prominent Burgundy producerMaison Louis Jadot. However, the wild-haired and outspoken oenologist came out of retirement after Jadot purchased Resonance Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Katherine Cole caught up with Lardière as the Jadot team prepared for their first Oregon harvest.

      Where did you grow up?

      On the western side of France, in the Vendée department, between Nantes and La Rochelle. We were five children altogether, three boys and two girls. I was second youngest, between the two girls.

      Was anyone ...

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    20. A chat with Alexandrine Roy, Winemaker at Phelps Creek Vineyard

      Explore Carpe TravelCarpe Travel (Nov 5 2013)

      A chat with Alexandrine Roy, Winemaker at Phelps Creek Vineyard

      You’re a fourth generation vigneron, is this something you always knew you wanted to do?

      I was never asked the question really. It came out naturally as I was growing up. I don’t think you can decide to “be” a Vigneron when you were born from parents who run an estate, where you are supposed to represent the fourth generation.
 In this case, you are a Vigneron or not. That’s it. And, there is definitely no doubt that I am a Vigneron.

      How long have you been making wine?

      While I was a student, I did my ...

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    21. Willful winemaker Pam Walden overcomes loss and masters her craft

      Explore oregonlive.com (Nov 5 2013)

      Willful winemaker Pam Walden overcomes loss and masters her craft

      New Yorker writer and ubiquitous author Malcolm Gladwell's new book, "David and Goliath," profiles people who have achieved success despite — or perhaps because of — harrowing circumstances. "One of the things that distinguishes these people is that they took that devastating experience and found a way to come out stronger," Gladwell said during a recent appearance on "The Daily Show."

      Winemaker Pam Walden is one of these people.

      Blonde and willowy, Walden speaks with the appealing accent of her hometown of Leicester, England. She has the worldly air of a woman who decided to explore the globe in her 20s ...

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    22. The Skillful Skiles

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Nov 1 2013)

      The Skillful Skiles

      Portland chef/winemaker demonstrates palatable prowess

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    23. A changing lineup of WINES

      Explore DailyTidings.com (Sep 26 2013)

      A changing lineup of WINES

      Winemaker Linda Donovan's new tasting room at 1800 N. Valley View Road, Ashland, is dedicated to discussing the pleasures and process of wine.

      Here, with fetching views of fruit trees and far-reaching vineyards, patrons are invited to sample rare varietals and hear about the decisions that determined the flavors.

      From 1 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, visitors taste from an ever-changing lineup culled from Donovan's dozen wines.

      On one day, samples were given from bottles of Late Bloomer's 2011 gewürztraminer ($10), Le Jeune Chien's 2011 sauvignon blanc ($15), Long Walk Vineyard's 2010 ...

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    24. Winemaker-chef Jesse Skiles: A talk with the owner of Sauvage and Fausse Piste wines

      Explore oregonlive.com (Sep 25 2013)

      Though he's probably the only chef in Portland making the wines he serves with his food, what we really love is his unpretensious approach to wine

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