Perkins-Harter: A New Oregon Classic

Perkins-Harter: A New Oregon Classic

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A lot of people in the wine industry never predicted they'd have a career in wine, myself included. Many of us come to wine after starting in very different fields. Some get there after starting off in restaurant work. Shelby Perkins is no different in that sense, but her background in environmental law and policy research is certainly an outlier. After too many years in Washington, D.C. she and her husband started heeding the call of West Coast wine country, eventually landing in Oregon's Willamette Valley and planting a vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills.

Do Shelby's years of environmental advocacy and knowledge explain her sharp vineyard skills and her precise winemaking? I don't know, but there is something unique and special about the wines she is crafting. She is making superb wines from purchased fruit, and we also have the first vintage of Pinot Noir from Shelby and Peter's own Bracken Vineyard. To make such a serious wine from these young vines is something I can't emphasize enough. You should give yourself the opportunity to try these now while they're still under the radar —because they'll only get more limited and more heralded from here on out.

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