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Articles in category: Winemakers
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)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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(Read Full Article)
Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Dan Rinke, the vineyard manager and winemaker atJohan Vineyards in the Willamette Valley.
I first tasted the wines of Johan Vineyards last summer. I was in Portland visiting a good friend who knew of my appreciation for Oregon Pinot Noir, especially the ones that are better described as elegant and nuanced rather than simply powerful. When I tasted the wines from Johan, I was instantly impressed.
Johan Vineyards is located in the Van Duzer Corridor, which is south of ...(Read Full Article)
Stealth – Prominent – Inspired Winemaker – Viticulturist – Matchmaker
A self-professed geek, complete with pocket protector, he played the French horn, and majored in physics in college. He began his wine-making career fermenting apple juice in his dorm room, while his peers were out partying. His career started in earnest as a humble “cellar rat” in a Central California Valley mega winery.
He found the wine making process so intriguing that after earning his Oregon University degree, he enrolled in the UC Davis fermentation science program. After graduating from UC Davis, he found himself in Napa Valley, where he became a winemaker for ...(Read Full Article)
At the age of 28, the brand-new winemaker at White Rose Estate in Dayton received two scores of 94+ from the influential Wine Advocate for his first vintage, the 2008. The following year, one of his wines achieved a 96 -- tying the highest score ever accorded to an Oregon Pinot noir by the Advocate.
This winemaker did not attend graduate school to study oenology or viticulture. He did not -- as many do -- travel around the world, working apprenticeships at top-flight estates.
Instead, he got his college degree in computer systems engineering. Then he traveled across the border with a visitor ...(Read Full Article)
Women winemakers add an inspiring combination of grace, power and passion to the vineyard and cellar. Everyday, they cultivate the ever-so-female — and ever-so-important — trait of nurturing through caring for the grapes, crafting the wine, raising their children and inspiring the next generation of winemakers. The following seven dedicated and experienced winemakers excel in what they do and can teach us all a thing or two.
Luisa Ponzi | Ponzi Vineyards, Sherwood/Beaverton(Read Full Article)
Second-generation winemaker Luisa Ponzi grew up in the wine biz, watching as her parents, Dick and Nancy Ponzi, built Ponzi Vineyards in the ’70s. Shortly after Luisa graduated from ...
Recent research indicates Oregon can boast at least 39 head winemakers who are female, and yet that represents only about 10 percent of those all-important jobs within the state’s wine industry.
Earlier this year, a series of profiles on women winemakers published on Forbes.com helped shine more light and generated discussion. That inspired Katie Bray of Watershed Communications in Portland to create a roundtable of women who make wine in the Willamette Valley. The four head winemakers were Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate in Dundee, Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines in McMinnville, Lynn Penner-Ash of Penner-Ash Wine ...(Read Full Article)