Hello ya’ll! Hope ya’ll are enjoying the beautiful weather we have been blessed with recently 🙂 Here are our line ups for this weekend of tasting. Come in between 5pm – 8 pm!
MACHINE BREAKER, OREGON
|Wine maker/distiller Tad Seestedt’s Machine Breaker label is an inherently ephemeral project. The first vintage produced under this label is from 2012, an outstanding Oregon vintage with a mid/late October harvest, perfect dry weather and low yields. We can’t say for sure which vintage will be its last but as sure as vitis vinfera roots are candy to the invasive and deadly Phylloxera louse, Machine Breaker’s days are numbered. The label was conceived of as an homage to farmers that Tad works with in the Eola-Amity Hills, to their ungrafted Pinot Noir vines and to their ultimately doomed plight. After years of working with the produce from three of the old-timers in the region Tad realized that consistently these older vines were producing the best, most complex and interestingly flavored fruit year after year. The common thread? Each of these vineyards were planted with vines on their original Pinot Noir rootstock under the belief that the common practice of grafting vitis vinifera vines onto vitis labrusca rootstock was unnecessary. It was thought that Oregon’s soils were and would be Phylloxera free! It’s now well known that Phylloxera is rampant and unstoppable and that these special vines will produce lower and lower yields until ultimately they will succumb. The derivation of the Machine Breaker name is a reference to the radical anti-technology Luddite movement of the early 19th century in England. As a protest against low wages, and job threatening technology in the textile industry in Nottingham, workers began smashing the stocking frames that threatened to displace the jobs of traditional hand knitters. The Luddite movement spread throughout England and became a general form of protest against unemployment and low wages and throughout the country workers would smash the tools of their trades in factories.
So let’s raise a glass to these modern Luddite farmers of Oregon who eschewed technological practices in search of a purer connection to the earth.
SustainablePINOT NOIR ‘The Innocents’
photo & description courtesy of Bonhomie Wine Imports
St. Reginald Parish Carbonic masceration pinot noir & Pinot Gris
Winemaker Andrew Young is the son of a New Orleans preacher man from New Orleans, that magical city for both food and music. Andrew started as a musician, but later caught the wine bug. That seems to happen frequently. He decided to act on it and studied winemaking in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with a dedication to natural wine making. He is now making his own wines (only in miniscule quantities) and we are lucky enough to get some. Bright, fresh fruit with savory, nettle-y green notes. Yep, this is a natural wine.
Winemaking Details: no sulfur added. unfined. 14 day carbonic maceration.
Goes with: salads, seafood and salt-driven tapas