Driving through Shasta National Park, five hours into an eleven hour road trip to Oregon from Northern California, I was on my way to visit Barnaby and Olga Tuttle at their rented garage space in Oregon City, Oregon. A far cry from the majestic Willamette Valley, the landscape supports more Christmas tree farms than vineyards, but somehow, further north, there’s enough space for Barnaby to create some of the most interesting and sought after wines from the West Coast today.
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Barnaby at our 2012 Domestic Tasting
Just in from Mosel late Friday night, Barnaby Tuttle–donning a moustache much like Gogol’s Eugene Hütz–worked the vineyards at his Teutonic Wine Company on Saturday and hopped a plane from Portland, Oregon to New York on Sunday night. ”When I went on vacation to Mosel, I worked,” said Barnaby, wide-eyed and kinetic/frenetic with jet-lagged energy. “It’s like looking at a pretty girl vs. kissing her,” he added, to explain how he couldn’t visit Mosel without working the land.
Yesterday’s Domestic Tasting at the Standard Biergarten was a tremendous success. The winds and rain kept few at bay. Big thanks to all of our producers who showed, and great gratitude to all who came out to taste and play. We’re looking forward to the upcoming season and are proud to represent. Cheers!
Great news from Brian Pilliod and Juerie Park, our Domestic Portfolio Managers: Teutonic Wine Company has joined our book!
What follows are a few words from Brian:
I met Barnaby and Olga when I was out in Oregon in December. It’s really a great honor to introduce their wines to you and to begin our relationship with them.
When we found out that the Tuttle’s had planted a vineyard 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which is the only coast range vineyard in Oregon, and that they naturally vinify their wines (anywhere from 9 – 12% alchl), we were hooked. When we tasted these wines, they made us question the potential and the limits of American Wines; immediately, we felt that this was an opportunity we should share.