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The Wines of Oregon – with Vincent Wine Company

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After years of apprenticing in wineries in Oregon and California, owner/winemaker Vincent Fritzsche launched Vincent Wine Company in 2009 to make Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, adding Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc soon thereafter. Vincent intends to be all about low-input wine making, working with several sustainably-farmed vineyards around the Willamette Valley to produce small amounts of AVA-labelled and Single Vineyard designated wines.

Join us as we talk with Vincent about how and why he got into wine, or as we sometimes hear it – “OMG, what have I just done?”

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Vincent Wine Company: www.vincentwinecompany.com/

Sponsor: Pinpoint Technologies – Your Business List Source: www.pinpoint-tech.com

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Siduri Wines – with Adam Lee

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Adam Lee and Dianna Novy left their native Texas and moved to the Sonoma County wine country. They spent years working at small, family-owned wineries and using any and all free time learning everything they could about growing grapes and making wine.

They made their first Siduri Pinot Noir—named for the Babylonian Goddess of wine—in borrowed facilities, sleeping on cots to monitor the wine around the clock. With the boldness that comes from being new and eager, Adam delivered a bottle of their 1994 Rose Vineyard Pinot Noir to a local hotel after hearing that wine critic Robert Parker was staying there. Parker loved the wine, gave it a great review, and Siduri was off.

Please join us as we talk with Adam about how he got started in the wine business, the founding of Siduri, how he handles fruit from as many as 23 different locations, and of course the recent sale to Jackson Family Wines.

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Siduri Wines: www.siduri.com

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Wineries of Oregon – with Brooks Winery

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Brooks Winery was founded in 1998 by Portland native, Jimi Brooks. Like most of his counterparts in Oregon, Jimi had a pioneering spirit that carried through to his love of life and winemaking. Sadly, Jimi passed away in 2004 from an aortic aneurism.

In the aftermath of such tragedy, it speaks volumes for the Oregon wine community’s generosity and friendship that they approached Jimi’s sister, Janie Brooks Heuck, to ask her to take over the helm of the winery and continue Jimi’s legacy. In fact, the Brooks’ were one of the subjects of the recent film, American Wine Story: “After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try and save his fledgling winery for his eight-year-old son: American Wine Story blends the story of Brooks with other tales of risk and reinvention in the American Wine Industry.”

Join us as we talk with Janie Brooks Heuck, Managing Director, about the love of family and community and its role in carrying on Jimi’s legacy for Brooks Winery.

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Brooks Winery: brookswine.com/
American Wine Story: americanwinestory.vhx.tv/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Wineries of Oregon – with Ponzi Vineyards

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It was the late ’60s, and Dick and Nancy Ponzi had moved their young family to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. After several research trips to Burgundy and an extensive search for an ideal vineyard location, they purchased 20 acres on a small farm just southwest of Portland. The Ponzi’s were about to embark on a quest to make great Pinot Noir in Oregon. It was a daring risk at the time, as the Pacific Northwest was not known to be a place to grow Pinot Noir. However, Dick and Nancy felt the Northern Willamette Valley’s climate was ideal for Pinot Noir. Cuttings were planted, and in 1970 Ponzi Vineyards was founded.

In 2012, winemaker Luisa Ponzi and sister Maria Ponzi continued in their parents’ footsteps by taking the reins as the winery’s owners and operators. Join us as we talk with Maria Ponzi about what it was like to grow up around the family vineyard, go away to school and consider other careers, but ultimately decide to return to the roots of the family farm.

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Ponzi Vineyards: ponziwines.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

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Nestled among some of the very best vineyards sites in the Chehelam Mountains AVA is where the De Lancellotti family’s first block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2007. This particular site was chosen for its silica rich, sandy soils to a set of clones destined to thrive in this AVA. The neighbors that surround them here include Bergstrom and Adelsheim vineyards.

Their dry-farmed site sits on a level bench of sedimentary sandy soil with moderate water holding capacity and superior drainage. This combination is essential for Pinot Noir vines so they have enough water in the topsoil to sustain them through the summer. The site is planted with a mixture of Pinot Noir clones of 777, 828, 115, and Pommard. The vine spacing is high density with about 2,000 vines per acre, with one meter spacing between vines. The yield is less than 3 pounds per vine.

Today, there are two small vineyard blocks totaling just under five acres, and includes Lagrein, the Italian red grape variety native to the valleys of South Tyrol in northern Italy.

Join us as we talk with David de Lancellotti about the impetus for the project, and why pinot noir in Oregon. Plus, we’ll talk a little about Italian wines, as well.

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Formaglini Vineyards: formaglinivineyards.com/

Sponsor: Wine Exchange: www.winex.com

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Show #384
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