I’m leaving Oregon tonight after a very successful International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC). Over the course of the last four days, at the celebration and also today in Portland, I met quite a few wine folk. Here are some of them, captured on camera.
Ehren Jordan, of Failla. Making beautifully balanced Californian wines, Ehren began his winemaking career with Jean-Luc Colombo in the Rhône, 25 years ago. For a long time he was making wines with Turley, leaving in 2013 to concentrate on his own project that he’d been running on the side since 1998.
Duncan Forsyth, of Mount Edward wines in Central Otago. Waving in a slightly threatening way. The Mount Edward wines are generous and elegant at the same time. As well as Pinot. there’s Riesling, Gamay and even Albariñ0, among others.
Cyril Audoin of Domaine Charles Audoin in Marsannay, Burgundy.
China Bize of Domaine Simone Bize in Savigny-les-Beaune, Burgundy.
Chad Stock, making some original and compelling wines in Oregon from the likes of Trousseau Noir, Gruner Veltliner and Pinots Noir and Gris.
Jason Lett, of Domaine Eyrie. One of the Oregon greats.
Jean-Nicolas Meo of famed Burgundy domaine Meo Camuzet, and lately of Nicolas-Jay in Oregon. Very stylish wines.
Jim Clenenden of Au Bon Climat, pioneers of balanced, age worthy Pinot and Chardonnay from California’s central coast. As profiled here recently.
Josh Bergström. Maker of very interesting biodynamically farmed Oregon wine. He has a wife from Beaune!
Gramercy Tavern (NY) sommelier Justin Timsit.
Kate Norris, who together with Thomas Monroe runs the Division Wine Company in Portland, fashioning interesting wines from Oregon and Washington State.
Andrew Beckham of Beckham Estate, an Oregon winery specialising in making wines fermented and aged in terracotta amphorae. Andrew is a ceramics teacher who now produces wine amphorae professionally.
Rajat Parr, the dude. Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte and Evening Land. All exceptional.
Janie Brooks-Hueck of Brooks, who make superb Riesling and Pinot Noir, with several bottlings of each every vintage. The views from their winery tasting room are some of the best in Oregon, too.