October 13 2008 - Author of "North American Pinot Noir"
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Pinot Takes a Walk on the Sparkling Side: A Champagne seminar at IPNC? Mais oui! If you dig through the calcium-laden soils of Champagne, more often than not, you will find Pinot Noir roots.
Two Parts. Part One Moderators: Rollin Soles, Argyle Winery, Dundee, Willamette Valley, Oregon and Ghislain de Montgolfier, Champagne Bollinger, led the group through a tasting that explained how sparkling wine is made and included tastings of base wines for sparkling wine and Champagne. Part Two Moderators: Eric Asimov, New Yorks Times and Peter Wasserman of Le Serbet/Selection Becky Wasserman introduced the wines of some of Champagne’s best grower/winemakers who were represented by Paul and Francoise Couvreur (Champagne et Villages), Morgane Fleury (Champagne Fleury), Jose and Corinne Lievens (Champagne Jacques Picard), and Thierry Massin and Sylvie Fricot (Champagne Thierry Massin).
Ray Walker departs February 8, 2009 to set up the logistics for his negociant wine business in Burgundy. Only 27 years old, Ray left behind a promising career in the financial world a few years ago to pursue a career in winemaking.
Smitten by Pinot Noir, and Burgundy in particular, Ray quite his job and moved his young family to Sonoma where he was mentored by Ed Kurtzman and others. While many of his type would have been satisfied with a winemaking career in California, Ray felt a pull to return to Pinot Noir’s Holy Land. He immersed himself in the French culture and language and made plans to develop his independent label, Domaine Ilan, in Burgundy.
Let’s assume you’ve worked with Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non for the last eight years. What could you possibly do for an encore? Well, if you’re Maggie Harrison, you would become part of a venture to work with Oregon Pinot Noir. And then, you’d get to work on your own label as well.
The recent history of Oregon’s Antica Terra winery began when a group of four individuals, including winemaker Maggie Harrison, purchased the winery in 2005 and two years later planted additional acres of Pinot noir, with more planting planned for 2008. The new winery should come on-line in 2009. For her own label, Maggie is sourcing Syrah from Santa Maria Valley for her own, Lillian label, a small lot collection named for her grandmother.
Join us as we talk with Maggie Harrison, about her past experiences with the iconic SQN, and her current projects in Oregon and with California Syrah.