Oregon Family Wineries: Planning for the Future

IT’S A BRISK, WINTER morning in southern Beaune. Soft sunlight spills across the limestone walls of Clos des Mouches, across the lane and into the conference room of Maison Joseph Drouhin’s satellite winery.

Inside, Véronique Boss-Drouhin, snug in coral cardigan sweater, settles down to rows of neatly labeled wine samples arrayed along a linen-draped table. Across from her, daughter Laurène Boss, cozy in a white wool scarf, powers up the laptop.

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The Perfect Wine and Pizza Pairings, Please
Food & Wine – Ray Isle
September 2021

Pizza is the ultimate casual, fun food, which probably explains why people in the U.S. eat something around 3 billion pizzas every year. (That’s right: 3 billion.) Given its ubiquity, dwelling too much on which wine pairs best with which pizza could seem a bit like perhaps you’re missing the point. You want Sauvignon Blanc with your spicy soppressata pie? An IPA? A shot of tequila? Chocolate milk? Hey, go for it.

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The Very Best Luxury Wines For Spring And Early Summer Drinking
Luxury Lifestyle Magazine – Natasha Heard
April 2021

As spring gets into full swing, embrace bright flavours and sprightly wine styles to match the season’s lighter, fresher menus. From food-friendly whites, aromatic reds and crisp rosés, through to indulgent sparkling wines and special bottles, these are excellent wines for celebrations and simple spring and summer suppers alike.

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In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Elegant Pinot Noir for Less than $40
Wine Enthusiast – Paul Gregutt
September 2020

Thin-skinned, petulant Pinot Noir is difficult to ripen and demands a gentle hand in the winery. Worse still, too many of its simple expressions fail to deliver on the promise of a grape whose impact has been described as the iron fist in a velvet glove.

When grown in the right place, under the right circumstances, however, the variety really delivers on its reputation for elegance, complexity and subtlety. The best examples are aromatic with notes of roses, berries and cherries, and offer balanced flavors of fruit, earth, herb and barrel, with ample natural acidity.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is widely acknowledged as the next best place after Burgundy, where Pinot has thrived for centuries, to explore its vast potential. First planted there by Eyrie Vineyards founder David Lett in the mid-1960s, the area is now the foundation for the state’s growing reputation.

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Meet the new American Chardonnay
Fortune – Stephanie Cain
April 2020

West Coast producers, from Willamette Valley in Oregon to Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties in California, are rethinking American Chardonnay.

They may not be traditionally known for the grape when compared to winemakers in Napa Valley, who defined the now stereotypical, buttery, oaky style for the white wine. But they are planting, producing, and experimenting with the wine—with a twist. They are skipping the big oak for a more restrained, Burgundian-inspired approach that values balance, freshness, and high acidity for a mineral-driven wine. They aren’t trying to make a white Burgundy, but they are applying that French philosophy to the vineyard, winery, and cellar. The results are lighter-bodied wine that features tasting notes most American wine drinkers wouldn’t associate with Chardonnay—oyster shell, Asian pear, green citrus, flint, mineral—and it’s drawing in consumers who claim to not drink the white wine.

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11 Editors’ Choice Oregon Pinot Noir Picks
Wine Enthusiast
September 2019

Drouhin Oregon Roserock 2016 Pinot Noir (Eola-Amity Hills); $35, 92 points. A superb value, this is a dark, supple, even sensuous wine with deep fruit flavors of blueberry and cassis. Notes of dried Mediterranean herbs and a dark dive into baker’s chocolate contribute to a complex weave of flavors. There’s real polish and power here, though this is among the winery’s lowest priced Pinots. Editors’ Choice. —P.G.

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30 All-American Pinot Noirs
Fortune – Stephanie Cain
April 2020

The lightest and most ethereal of the noble red grapes, as well as one of the most fickle and demanding in the vineyard, Pinot Noir has always been a darling of the wine world. From its spiritual home in BurgundyFrance, to the variety of New World wine regions that have eagerly adopted the grape with tremendous success, it has a global reputation for producing some of the world’s greatest wines.

But Pinot Noir has seen seriously impressive growth within the United States, both in acreage and adoration. With more than 65,000 acres grown across the country, it’s now the third most planted wine grape, behind Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively.

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Domaine Drouhin Oregon Acquires Methven Family Vineyards in Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Dayton, Oregon – Domaine Drouhin Oregon has acquired Methven Family Vineyards in Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

“We knew the Methvens were considering selling the property a couple years ago, and we had a chance to see it then,” said David Millman, President and CEO of Domaine Drouhin Oregon. “For various reasons, it wasn’t the right moment, but we came back to the idea a few months ago.”

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August 2021

We went big in our tastings of Oregon wines this year. We uncorked more than 800 bottles in our largest review of the state so far and found plenty of evidence to substantiate its reputation for making consistently top-notch pinot noir, with a smaller but potentially even more impressive selection of chardonnay.

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The 11 Best Oregon Pinot Noirs to Drink in 2021 – Jonathan Cristaldi
February 2021

Oregon’s culinary values span a wide range, from its iconic marionberries to its subversively exotic doughnuts. But whatever you do, don’t overlook the treasure trove of Oregon-made pinot noir wine. The wine-making industry in the state is relatively young, but Oregon, and in particular the Willamette Valley, shares a latitude and climate akin to France’s Burgundy region, and that similarity to a world-famous appellation is what gives Oregon’s pinots an edge on other American-made pinots.

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Comparing Oregon Wine Vintages: Rainy vs Sunny
Forbes – Catherine Todd
January 2020

At a presentation last month in New York City, two Willamette Valley, Oregon wine producers came to not only speak about the fifth annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction taking place in Oregon on April 4th but to give a tasting that displayed the differences between the tough, rainy vintages compared to easier, sunny vintages.

One of the chairs for the auction this year was David Millman, managing director of Domaine Drouhin Oregon, who, interestingly enough, had a 20 year career in the music industry eventually starting his own firm representing major artists like Chicago as well as expanding into services for food and wine and had always been intrigued by older bottles of Bordeaux and Burgundy wine.

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Drouhin – Producing Distinctive Wines in Burgundy and Oregon
Forbes – Tom Hyland
April 2020

The name Drouhin has been among the most recognized in Burgundy for 140 years, since a young Joseph Drouhin founded his own wine company in the town of Beaune. Today, the company is still in family hands and is a successful producer of several dozen wines of this region, ranging from the humble Bourgogne Blanc and Rouge though Premier Cru and up to Grand Cru, such as Bonnes Mares and Corton.

In addition, the family is now producing lovely Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well in Oregon, at their 225-acre estate in the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley production area. Established in 1987, the company currently produces four different examples of Pinot Noir, and two Chardonnays; the wines have received excellent critical praise. 

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WBM Announces 2019 Hot Brands – Eric Kirschenmann
February 2020

Wine Business Monthly’s annual list of Hot Brands honors wineries, winemakers, growers and others within the industry who are making some kind of statement: experimenting with lesser-known varieties, utilizing creative winemaking techniques or voicing an unpopular opinion for the sake of moving the U.S. wine world forward.

Hot Brands is more than a “best of” list, it’s a chance to explore new regions, varieties and winemakers that we think embody some of the latest innovations in the ever-growing, and ever-changing, wine market.

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Oregon Pinot Noir – Meeting The Challenge
Forbes – Tom Hyland
August 2020

Oregon is a wine territory where Pinot Noir dominates, both in plantings as well as state of mind. White wines of notable quality, such as Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are part of the state’s viticultural identity, and there are even a few reds such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that add to the portfolio. But it is Pinot Noir, representing 69% of plantings, that tells the story of the Oregon wine scene.

Drouhin Oregon “Roserock” 2015 (Eola-Amity Hills) – Young garnet; aromas of bing cherry, wild strawberry and thyme. Medium-full, this is ripe with very good varietal character, moderate tannins, subtle black spice and good acidity. Nicely balanced, drink over the next 3-5 years. 

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