In 2008, casual enjoyment of wine transformed into committed studies with sommeliers. Starting in 2009, I also made myself useful as I could to winemakers & farmers in the Willamette Valley. By 2011, I traveled to Bannockburn, Central Otago, & in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California for internships. After working with various methods to bottle expressions of fruit, vine, soil, rock & sunlight slope, I landed in Meursault in 2012. In Burgundy, I not only got more intimate with the architecture of mastery, but also unlearned much of what I knew about winemaking. I returned to Meursault in 2013, I spent most of my time on the Chardonnay program. Even before my return to Oregon, an important & unique winemaking project of singular focus began crystallizing in my mind. By 2014, I began working with thoughtful farmers to craft bottlings of Willamette Valley Chardonnay.