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Welcome to Wine Crush, Oregon! We have a packed house in this episode, with a total of 3 guests! The first centers on two interconnected wineries and their processes from Stoller Family Estate; and the second shows the culmination of a collaborative effort between the wineries mentioned in the first story, from Chehalem Wines.
GuestsMelissa Burr, Vice President of Winemaking, Stoller Family Estate
Kate Payne-Brown, Assistant Winemaker, Stoller Family Estate
Katie Santora, Winemaker, Chehalem Wines
Stoller Family Estate
Stoller’s LEED Gold and LIVE certified winery combines progressive, environmentally-friendly design with gentle, traditional winemaking practices that minimize their environmental impact. Their gravity flow process offers a more gentle approach to winemaking, allowing a reduction in the amount of energy required for wine production. These factors make them one of the premier sustainable wineries in the Pacific Northwest, and they are proud to be the first LEED Gold Certified winery in the world.
They harvest, process, ferment and age each individual section of fruit separately. This process allows the ability to highlight the unique characteristics and extraordinary diversity of flavors created by the age of the vines, vine density, and micro-climate within each individual section.
The goal is to produce elegant wines that reflect the individuality of the site as well as their place within the Dundee Hills. Their wines are beautifully textured and layered with fine, silky tannins, bright red fruit, hints of earth and spice, mouthwatering acidity that will help age the wines for many years to come.
Chehalem boasts a rich history of innovation, sustainability, and exceptional quality. Known for their single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and a progressive approach to white wines, they firmly believe that outstanding wine should accompany every course of a meal.
Their wine quality is determined by the cool macro-climate of the Willamette Valley, vintage, soil profiles, vineyard micro-climates, and winemaking style. Their job is to let the terroir speak and to make the winemaker imprint as transparent as possible.
The climate and winemaking style reveal wines that emphasize balance, elegance and texture. This openness allows the vintage and three terroirs on which they farm to express themselves as wines of startling distinction.
Their objective is to blaze a trail towards a future that is stimulating, exciting and beautiful—such as it must have been generations ago for the Calapooia, overlooking their “valley of flowers.”
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