As land prices rise throughout the famous wine-growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, a winemaking revolution is producing top-flight wines in garages and basements – wherever grapes will ferment. Do you need a chateau and a staff of HUNDREDS to make fine wine?
Since 1994, these “Garagistes” have said “non!”
Here in Paris-on-the-Willamette Portland, Oregon, this seat-of-your-pantalons revolution continues. A cabal of former wine writers, musicians, public servants and other ne’er do wells, les Garagistes make wine in a secret underground location in Southeast Portland, away from the prying eyes of a thirsty public.
Sourcing fruit from the Rattlesnake Hills in Washington and the Dundee Hills in Oregon, les Garagistes produce about 75 cases a year of nine varietals and two proprietary blends – Labourier and Peugeot – after other tasty vehicles found in Frenchy garages.
Sad to say, this wine is not for sale, but we sometimes donate our wine to fundraising events for worthy causes.No comments