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Travel Through Oregon Wine Country - Willamette Valley Seminar
4:30pm - 6:00pm
50 Easton St.
There’s something magical about Oregon today… it isn’t news that this Pacific Coast Wine Region produces some of the world’s best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Alsacian style whites. With winemaking history going back to the 1970’s, there is a unique sense of camaraderie and community amongst its growers. There are about 72 varieties of wine grapes grown across 6000 square miles between Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range. The vineyards are cultivated from a series of unique, complex and diverse terroirs. Wines will be presented by Laurent Drouhin from Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Jay Somers from J. Christopher, Rajat Parr from Evening Land VIneyards, Bill Hatcher from Rex Hill Winery, Shirley Brooks from Elk Cove Vineyards and Scott Schull from Raptor Ridge. Experience the spectrum of varietally specific wines from some of Oregon's top wineries with personal stories and a connection to this unique setting and culture.
Laurent Drouhin, Ambassador to the U.S. and Caribbean, Maison Joseph Drouhin
Laurent Drouhin followed his father to the vineyards at a tender age, roller-skating in the cellars and playing in the cuverie. His fondest memory (a la Marcel Proust) is the smell of the macerating must.
Today, Laurent is the Maison Joseph Drouhin ambassador to the United States and the Caribbean. Besides his commercial responsibilities, he is also involved in communication and other public relation activities such as tastings and wine dinners. He has lived in New York since 2005.
Rajat Parr, Proprietor , Evening Land Vineyards
Co-founder of Domaine de la Côte, Rajat Parr is a two-time James Beard Award winner and internationally regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on wine. Rajat Parr grew up in Calcutta, India, before journeying to the United States where he chose to pursue the cellar instead of the kitchen. He honed his wine knowledge and tasting skills, while beginning a career that would see him become one the world’s most celebrated sommeliers.
Parr not only frequently traveled abroad to European wine regions; he also became close with several of California’s top winemakers. This ultimately translated into bottling his own wines, where Parr made the transition from sommelier to producer. During this period, he became closer to Santa Barbara County winemaker Sashi Moorman, as they found mutual interest in pushing the boundaries of California wine, every vintage seeing how much earlier they could harvest to achieve more balanced alcohols, racier acidity, and purer flavors. Most recently, in early 2014, Parr took over the historic and acclaimed Seven Springs Vineyard in Oregon.
Beyond his wineries, today Parr remains partners with Michael Mina in his two RN74 restaurants. He also co-authored the James-Beard-Award winning book Secrets of the Sommeliers, and co-founded the trend-setting California non-profit wine group, In Pursuit of Balance. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Jessica, though he can still be found frequently traveling the world speaking, educating, tasting, and obsessively learning.
Scott Shull, Winemaker, Raptor Ridge Winery
Scott Shull founded Raptor Ridge Winery in 1995, a sought-after producer of Oregon wines including: Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Méthode Champenoise Rosé, Tempranillo and Grüner Veltliner. As winemaker, Scott handcrafts about 13,000 cases of artisan wine each year with the help of his wife Annie who manages Sales, Marketing and Distribution.
The Shull’s strive to produce wines of complexity, finesse and of place. Located in the Willamette Valley’s Chehalem Mountains, Raptor Ridge Estate is a 27-acre vineyard, planted to the above mentioned varieties. Additionally, about 12 other distinguished regional vineyards supply fine wine grapes to Raptor Ridge under long-term contracts. Scott and Annie are founding members of Oregon Pinot Camp and Annie was President of OPC in 2008, and has served on its board. Scott is President Emeritus of The Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Board, a Board Advisor of the ¡Salud! vineyard workers healthcare charity, and was a founding director of the Oregon Wine Board and the Oregon Winegrowers Association.
Jay Christopher Somers, Winemaker, J. Christopher
Jay spent 11 years making J. Christopher at the Holloran facility in the Willamette Valley before he joined the Dr. Loosen winery in Germany’s Mosel Valley. After many years and many bottles of wine, Jay and Ernst Loosen decided to begin making a collaborative Oregon Pinot called Appassionata. In 2010, they formalized their partnership, bought a 40-acre property on Chehalem Mountain in Newberg, Oregon, and began building a new J. Christopher winery. Today, Jay continues as the winemaker for the partnership, while Ernie provides Old World expertise and financial support.
Bill Hatcher, Founder & CEO, Rex Hill Winery
After completing a Masters’ degree in writing, Bill reprised with a Masters in Management. He worked in finance and strategic planning for large retailers (Dayton Hudson, May Co.) and consulted for varying start-ups before finding wine. Starting in 1987, he launched and managed Domaine Drouhin Oregon for thirteen years.
In 2002, he joined Deb Hatcher, Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis to found A to Z Wineworks and in 2007 orchestrated the purchase of REX HILL. A to Z reduced production of REX HILL (from 40K to less than 10K) to focus on highest quality and returned to making REX HILL with 100% hand-picked, hand-sorted Willamette Valley grapes. A to Z works with almost seventy vineyards allowing for elite site selection for the REX HILL wines. REX HILL continues to account for less than 2% of the total production from the A to Z families.
By offering quality wines for affordable prices, A to Z Wineworks has grown to be among the top 100 domestic wineries, Oregon’s largest. After certifying as a B Corp in 2014, A to Z Wineworks was named as a Best for the World B Corp in 2015 and 2016 and has been twice been honored as one of the top four small businesses in Oregon.
Sur Lucero MS, National Director for Wine Education , Jackson Family Wines
Sur Lucero MS, has dedicated his life to food and wine. Lucero was raised in the Napa Valley and spent over two decades in Restaurant Hospitality. In the early years of his career, he developed his palate on the dining room floor of The French Laundry. It is here where he spent over one third of his restaurant career, immersed in the culture, and inspired to attend culinary school. After cooking professionally for a couple years and being certified in Culinary Arts by the Napa Valley Cooking School, he returned to The French Laundry, this time to begin his career in wine.
Lucero is also thankful for the years he spent in Michelin stared restaurant’s that include The Little Nell in Aspen, Meadowood Resort in Napa, Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas and Terra in Napa, among others.
Wine and Spirits named him the Best New Sommelier in the United States in 2011. In 2012, Lucero was honored by the Court of Master Sommelier’s as a recipient of the Remi Krug Cup. This distinction means that Lucero was the highest scoring person, who passed all three sections of the exam, on his first attempt. Since the establishment of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 1969, this honor has only been earned fourteen times in history.
Lucero still lives in the Napa Valley and now enjoys working in the field of education with Jackson Family Fine Wines. In addition to his ambassadorship of the portfolio’s 51 world class brands, he covers the nation doing what he loves, speaking, teaching and advancing the awareness of Food and Wine culture.
In his spare time, he enjoys growing, cooking, sharing food from his garden, cycling, hiking, kayaking and anything else that makes him hungry and thirsty, for food and wine!