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Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Sarah Cabot, a winemaker at Precept Wines in the Willamette Valley.
Last week, we interviewed a globe-trotting veteran winemaker with projects in multiple continents. We’re taking a sharp turn in the other direction this week with Sarah, who is a young emerging specialist in Oregon Pinot Noir. Sarah has spent most of her career in the Willamette Valley – for eight consecutive years now. Prior to joining Precept Wines, she worked at Omero Cellars since its start in 2008, at ...(Read Full Article)
Ledger David Cellars has hired Kiley Evans as its new winemaker. Evans is the winery’s first in-house winemaker and brings with him more than 15 years of wine industry experience. Most recently, he worked at Raffaldini in North Carolina – a winery with European origins that specializes in Italian wines.
Originally from the South, Evans moved to North Carolina in 2011 to be closer to family – but his winemaking roots actually began on the West Coast. After graduating in 2002 from U.C. Davis’s prestigious winemaking program as a Winkler scholar with a double major in viticulture and enology ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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”.(Read Full Article)
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.
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.
Brian Gruber, who resigned in January as director of operations at Troon, will partner with Quady in Barrel 42. Their ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.”(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
- 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.Posted Wednesday, 06-Nov-2013
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)