- the winemaker -
In 1996 Brian worked his first harvest. Having studied fermentation science at Davis, he took to the process of winemaking easily and loved it.
While working in Napa Valley, Brian learned from some of California's most esteemed winemakers and wineries - Turley Wine cellars, Neyers Vineyards, Blankiet Estate and Marcassin, just to name a few. Brian also spent a harvest working in Australia at Trevor Jones Fine Wines.
These varied experiences have contributed to Brian’s ability to optimize each vintage.
525 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
label – charcoal drawing of a ‘wild’ bee by April Coppini
The Wild Bee! The Wild Bee represents a shift
in our chardonnay program. This wine takes the
place of our Willamette Valley Chardonnay –
only in name, label and price! Same vineyard
sources, same winemaking, same barrels. The
Wild Bee is a combination of all 6 sites of
chardonnay that we work with and is a fantastic representation of Willamette Valley Chardonnay for 2017. We hope you enjoy it, lots of it! For the first time we have chosen another artist’s drawing to dress The Wild Bee, someone whose work both Clare and I have admired for quite a while.
We own and manage 70 acres in Oregon, where we raise animals and produce seasonal vegetables. If you visit us, you'll find free-range hens, pasture-raised pigs and grass-fed cows. We are building a managed intensive grazing system of farming that builds our soil, sequesters carbon, and moves us towards a healthy, sustainable and diverse farm.