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Wildaire Yates Conwill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Region: USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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WildAire Cellars:
What started out as a vacation to attend a wedding in Amity, Oregon began a dream to start a wine business to make world-class Pinot Noir. After many days of wine tasting and touring around the Willamette Valley, Matt and Jean Driscoll decided that this dream was what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. Craft beautiful Pinots out west, and then bring that luscious wine back east for... Read more
What started out as a vacation to attend a wedding in Amity, Oregon began a dream to start a wine business to make world-class Pinot Noir. After many days of wine tasting and touring around the Willamette Valley, Matt and Jean Driscoll decided that this dream was what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. Craft beautiful Pinots out west, and then bring that luscious wine back east for their friends and family to enjoy. In 2000, Matt and Jean got married and decided to take a chance and move from Virginia to Oregon in their quest for Pinot. Jean found a job through the Internet, and they moved out in 2001. Matt spent his time learning the craft from some of the best wineries in the valley and supplementing that knowledge at the Northwest Viticulture Center in Salem. In 2005, they sold their house in Salem and moved to McMinnville to form a wine company, making Pinot Noir as a "virtual" winery. They didn't have the resources to acquire the equipment or a facility on their own, so the best option was to find a winery that had the capability to bring in smaller tenant wineries to their facility. They have since found a home at a brand new state of the art winery at Illahe Vineyards in Dallas, Oregon. The name "WildAire" comes from the name of Matt’s mother's estate in Roanoke, VA. She found the name carved into a granite fireplace mantle in a long since forgotten remains of a house on McAffee's Knob near Roanoke. The house was used as a base by Rangers on the Appalachian Trail and has since burned to the ground, leaving nothing but the fireplace standing. She liked the name so much that she decided to name her estate after it. She wanted Matt and Jean to use the name for their new wine business and when she recently passed away, they thought it would be a fitting tribute to her memory to call it "WildAire Cellars". Their mother’s influence on the business name is only part of what she contributed to the company. She also painted the watercolor painting that was used as the background image on the front of every Pinot Noir bottle that’s made by WildAire Cellars. Read less

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