Obsessive about Willamette Valley Chardonnay, and the discovery of Oregon soul


It took twenty-seven years for me to choose wine as a focus. In 2008, I began studying wine with sommeliers. Additionally, in 2009, I started assisting winemakers in the Willamette Valley. By 2011, I had traveled to New Zealand's Central Otago and the Santa Cruz Mountains of California to taste, learn & make wine. In 2012, I went to work in the Côte de Beaune. On my journey to Burgundy, I learned various methods to bottle expressions of fruit, vine, soil, rock & sunlight slope. In Meursault, I refined these techniques, taking on the architecture of mastery, from the heartland, the historical home, of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. Returning stateside after a second successive vintage at Domaine de Montille in November 2013, a winemaking project focused  on Willamette Valley Chardonnay took shape in my mind. Starting in 2014, I began to create the best Willamette Valley Chardonnay I could each year from unique sites & thoughtful farmers. This singular focus, I hope, will allow a lens to the discovery of Oregon soul.