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What is your “IST”?

In college I had a difficult time adopting an ideology. Was I a materialist, a structuralist, a post modernist? Where would I fit in? What was my “ist”? I hated the idea of committing to one belief to evaluate the

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Terroir is Potential

In my last few blog posts I have focused on the French term Terroir. This concept, Terroir, is important in understanding fine wine. It makes a specific place special. Terroir is the essence of fine wine. It is the accumulation

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It’s Physical

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has a diversity of soils, climates, and surroundings. Those who have chosen to make their life amongst the vines know the importance of soil. However, soil is only one element of the equation. Grapes feed on the

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Distillate of the Earth

As a winemaker, I often get the chance to chat with wine lovers about vineyards, wines and the passion that drives me to make Oregon Pinot Noir.  The passion runs deep, so deep I often have to stop myself from

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Oregon Wines

I am making wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It is that simple. My passion for wine began in the hills and valleys that have surrounded me my entire life. Everyone’s story is different and important, but the Idealist story is

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2010 Historian Pinot Noir

Historian 2010

2010 Historian Pinot Noir The second installment of the Historian is a true classic. 2010 was a long cool vintage. The grapes struggled to achieve maturity and the sun hid for most of the summer. Flocks of hungry birds descended


2010 Aristocrat Gewurztraminer

Aristocrat 2010

2010 Aristocrat Gewurztraminer Yes that is right, Idealist Wines has dry Gewurztraminer! In 2010 we seized the opportunity to buy some excellent organically grown Gewurztraminer grapes from Oak Ridge Vineyard. This fruit was top shelf, pampered, and high quality. Like

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2009 Historian Pinot Noir

Historian 2009

2009 Historian Pinot Noir From bloom to glass every year is full of stories. As a winemaker, I must choose which tale to tell in each bottle. So I wait and let the wine show me its story. Some wines


2009 Diplomat Pinot Noir

2009 Diplomat label

2009 Diplomat Pinot Noir The Diplomat is comprised of two vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. The first, Mistletoe Vineyard is tucked into the hills behind Dallas Oregon. The second, Rodriguez Family Vineyard, is located in between McMinnville and Dundee


2008 Idealist Pinot Noir

2008 Idealist label

2008 Idealist Pinot Noir Achieving the Idealist was like rolling a dice ten times and getting a six on every roll. The regularity of it transcends luck. It was just destiny. From the Yamhill-Carlton district, the 2008 vintage achieved near