Oregon wine has not been weirder or wilder, and it’s finding a new audience tired of it’s parents’ Pinot. It’s never been a better time to drink Oregon wine. By Jordan Michelman, Willamette Week
Five years ago, Olga and Barnaby Tuttle couldn’t get invited to dinner in New York.
The winemakers from Southeast Portland winery Teutonic flew east for a sales trip, after signing with a noted distributor, hoping to pour for influential big-city wine buyers. They had poured wine with several avant-garde, progressive winemakers from California, the ones famously dubbed “the New California Wine” by noted San Fancisco Chronicle wine write Jon Bonné.
The Tuttle watched as people fawned over the California bottles. Around them, the winemakers and sellers made dinner plans— none of which involved the Tuttles.
“It was made quietly clear to us that we, as Oregon winemakers, were not invited to dinner.” Barnaby Tuttle recalls.
But five years later, if you go to New York’s hippest wine bars and bottle shops—places like Roberta’s in Brooklyn, or famed restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern—chances are you’ll see Teutonic on the list alongside other young-turk Oregon winemakers like Bow & Arrow and Day Wines. Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have all written love letters to the Tuttles.
“All the patrons of our wines come from Brooklyn or Brooklyn,” Tuttle says, referring also to his winery’s neighborhood in Portland.
Those people aren’t drinking Pinot Noir, the grape Oregon has staked an entire industry on since 1979, when Oregon’s Eyerie Vineyards shocked the world by competing successfully against some of the greatest Burgundy vineyards in France.
“Ask the younger generation walking out of the hip Brooklyn wine shops, ‘What does Oregon wine mean to you?’ Don’t be surprised if the answer is…click here to read entire article.
February 15, 2017