Usually when I hear “the next generation” or “a new generation” is taking over a market segment, it is followed with new technology, “new and improved” methods and philosophies. Within the wine industry that might mean modern cellar techniques, more oak, or a change in traditional practices.
I am seeing the next generation in Oregon wine makers taking a different approach and reverting to old school practices and processes. Three winemakers that I am taking note of are Matt and Jean Driscoll of Wildaire Cellars, Steven Westby of Witness Tree Vineyards, and Tahmiene Momtazi of Maysara Winery. From making a life decision to embrace a passion for wine making and gardening rather than to live in cubicles all day, to professing holistic farming by employing practices from both biodynamic and organic agriculture or choosing to make wines from grapes grown only on their estate, these wine makers ARE the new generation of wine making in Oregon.
I am impressed with the balance and integration these wines offer and with the passion in which these wine makers are embracing their craft and working with Mother Nature to bring us the best wine possible.
Next time you are in the store let’s visit about some of your favorite new generation wine makers or even your tried-and-true favorites. Better yet – Tahmiene Momtazi of Maysara Winery will be in the cellar at Burnside tonight, Thursday, July 29th from 4:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. to share her latest wines and talk about her philosophies of wine making.
Join us as we enjoy these wines!