Summer Update! 1
It's been awhile since we've put out an update, things have been busy! We hope everyone is beating the heat right now! Although oppressive, this warm weather is treating the grapes just right. The vines over at Jesse Estate Vineyards recently showed the first signs of veraison - which is when the clusters turn color and the vine pumps them full of sugar. Veraison is the last major step before harvest, based on averages harvest comes 30-45 days after veraison hits. That said, it looks like the 2018 harvest will come in at the end of September! We're looking forward to working with more great fruit from Jesse Estate!
With that, we're happy to share that we are crushing this year at Laurel Ridge winery. We are fortunate that they had space open up at the last second for us to move in to. Interested in participating in a crush? We may need help processing fruit, so if you'd like to get your hands dirty then let us know! Reply back to this email with your contact info and we'll stay in touch!
However - we are not pouring out of their tasting room, instead we are working with Urban Decanter in Forest Grove to pour our wines on Sunday and by appointment. The details have to be finalized with the OLCC, but we should be cleared hot come October.
- Ben Martin
Spring Update & Moving Sale! 0You read that right - we are oscar-mike! As many of you know, we have been looking for a new home since ADEA is up for sale. Fortunately, we have found a cellar for the wine, but we're now scouting for our own tasting room. There are options in the pipe - but they're all build to suit, so it may be a few months before its complete.
This means we will be pouring at ADEA for the remaining Saturdays in June, but will be on the move in July. No problem though, we think best on our feet!
So for the summer months we have booked 2 or 3 markets per week - you will find us at any given Hillsboro, Orenco, Beaverton, Bridgeport, or S. Waterfront farmers markets. We will also be making a stop in Sisters and Bend August 23-24.
Check out our upcoming events calendar here!
- Ben Martin
We're giving back this Memorial Day! 0
In keeping with our slogan "wine with a mission" we are donating 15% of our sales from the Memorial Day weekend to the Returning Veterans Project!
The Returning Veterans Project is a non-profit based out of Portland, OR with a mission to provide free, confidential mental and physical health services to post-9/11 war zone veterans, service members, and their families in Oregon and Southwest Washington. RVP also hosts regular events for Veterans as well as clinics and other services. They are a fantastic organization that deserve recognition for their efforts. We are proud to support them and their mission!
- Ben Martin
Guess who just won a grant from FedEX? 0
That's right - thanks to you we won a bronze prize in the Small Business Contest from FedEX! A top 10 finalist out of 7,800 entries and more than 665,000 votes, not too bad.
The grant totals $7,500 cash plus another $1,000 in FedEX business services! FedEX is also going to fly us out to Memphis to meet their team and see the main hub in action. This is an incredible opportunity and we could not be more grateful for your help!
- Ben Martin
The 2017 Riveter Rosé Is On The Way! 0The popular and oh so delicious Riveter Rosé is back! We're aiming to have it bottled by the end of March and ready for a club release mid-April! We doubled our production this year to match the club demand and have a little left for the tasting room.
Comparatively to our 2016, the 2017 Riveter is lighter and brighter with a mix of pinot noir clones. We gave it the saignée treatment by bleeding off juice after a 36 hour cold soak that included daily double punch downs. The concentrated sugars fermented for three weeks at low temperatures (<18°C/64°F) producing a refreshingly fruity/semi-hot mix that's already been described as "the perfect porch pounder" or "ideal for summer."
We are pouring samples in the tasting room if you would like to try it before it goes to through filtration and in to bottle. Thank you to those who have already tried it and have given feedback - it has been a hit so far!
Club members be on the look out for release information in the next week!
2017 Vintage Update! 0
The last couple of months have been a whirlwind with crush, bottling, and a club release all falling in to the same time frame. Thank you for a successful 2017, we are excited to take the momentum into 2018! We could not have done it without the help of our friends and family, our Founder's Club, Jesse Estate Vineyards, Flume Family Vineyards, and many others. Let's look at what the new year has in store –
Wrapping up the 2016 vintage:
We have yet to bottle the 2016 No Man's Land and Howitzer, these two labels have been our backbone and we're excited for their next iteration. Both offer unique palates that are sure to delight any wine drinker. We will bottle 100 cases of No Man's Land, and 400 cases of Howitzer. Pricing is to be determined, but we anticipate the No Man's Land will be $35, while the Howitzer will become our entry level pinot noir at $20. We anticipate a spring release for both.