Celebrate Leading Oregon Winemakers This February at Southeast Wine Collective – And They Are All Women!
Southeast Wine Collective launches four weeks of special flights highlighting 12 women wine pioneers in Oregon including three onsite Collective winemakers
PORTLAND Ore. (January 12, 2017) – Throughout the month of February, Southeast Wine Collective (SEWC) celebrates women in wine, launching four weeks of flights featuring wines made by female winemakers. SEWC’s February featured flights will showcase several of the fantastic winemakers in Oregon, including three Collective-based winemakers, in a rotating weekly tasting. Each week, SEWC will focus on a different theme of winemaking providing a unique opportunity to try many different styles, varietals and sub-regions in the Pacific Northwest. From original Oregon pioneers to leaders of the natural wine movement. Follow along with the hashtag #nastywomenwinemakers, and show your support for the talented women of winemaking at SEWC by coming in for a rotating weekly flight. Wine flights will cost $15 and will be available all February long at the SE Wine Collective, 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon 97215.
Week 1 (2/1-2/6): “Oregon Pioneers” – Featuring winemakers that were part of the earlier generations of successful Oregon wineries and are true benchmarks of the foundation of Oregon winemaking.
Hip Chicks Do Wine – The first Portland Urban Winery was founded by married winemakers Laurie Lewis and Renee Neely. They focus on varietals less common to the Willamette and Oregon, including this delicious and focused dry Muscat we’ve chosen to spotlight.
2015 Hip Chicks Do Wine Dry Muscat
Chehalem Winery – Chehalem is now being helmed by Wynn Pederson-Nedry, who has quickly made a huge mark with the storied winery. While many know the winery for its fantastic Pinot Noirs and lively whites, we couldn’t resist featuring her Gamay, a favorite varietal at the SE Wine Collective.
2013 Chehalem Gamay Noir Ridgecrest Vineyard
Willful Winery – Pam Walden is one amazing and resilient winemaker. After founding Daedalus with her late husband, she took the reins as sole proprietor and mother of two young boys to rebrand under the Willful Wines name, quickly gaining fans around the country. Her beautiful wines tell a great story, including this perfect red Bordeaux style blend, and we’re excited she has now made three of her last four vintages at the SE Wine Collective.
2014 Willful Wines Walla Walla Red
Week 2 (2/8-2/15): “New School Tastemakers” – The three winemakers featured this week are quickly gaining fame and accolades around the country for their interpretation of classically made wines with Old World character and New World charm.
Ovum Wines – Ksenija Kostic House is one half of the much beloved Ovum duo that is turning Riesling drinkers on their heads. Their terroir driven Rieslings and other aromatic whites are simply stunning and made traditionally to focus on site, varietal and vintage. This almost dry Riesling is the perfect example of what a well made ready to drink Riesling should taste like and we are excited to feature it.
2015 Ovum “Off the Grid” Riesling
Leah Jorgensen Cellars – The past few years has seen a growing interest in Loire-styled wines, including Leah Jorgensen, who is a leading Oregon voice of all things Cabernet Franc and is known for coining the term “Loiregon.” Her wines are extremely well crafted and do incredible justice to the finesse and balance Loire wines are known for. We’ve been following Leah and her stellar Cabernet Franc based wines since our founding and are excited to feature her again with her lovely “Tour Rain” Cabernet Franc (60%) & Gamay blend (40%).
2015 Leah Jorgensen Cellar “Tour Rain” Cabernet Franc
Gamine – Kate Norris is one half of the Division Winemaking Co. winemaking team, she is also a founder of the SE Wine Collective and heads up our wine bar. Her Gamine wines are an ode to her youth spent in France near the famed Northern Rhone region, where she fell hard for the earth and spice driven Syrahs her mom would pick up during their trips. She’s received several accolades and press write ups for her Syrah and playful Grenache based sparkling wine and we are thrilled to have the last case of her 2014 Syrah from Herb Quady’s famed organically farmed vineyard in the Applegate Valley.
2014 Gamine Syrah Mae’s Vineyard
Week 3 (2/15-2/20) “Modern Minimalists” – There has been a growing interest in the so called “natural” wines that are free of most modern wine intervention techniques. While many of the wines featured in this month’s entire series are minimally handled, these three women are helping lead the charge natural wine movement in Oregon and around the U.S.
Loop de Loop is the brainchild of Julia Baily, a well known Portland-based winemaker, wine distribution representative and all around amazing person who happens to make her wines at the SE Wine Collective. While only in the winemaking game for a few years now, Julia has quickly developed an audience for her amazing Rieslings and Pinot Noirs. We are head over heels with her Riesling and couldn’t think of a better wine that demonstrates the varietal in its most pure sense.
2014 Loop de Loop Riesling
Kelley Fox has been working both the vines and wines in the Willamette for over ten years and has earned significant praise for her ethereal and terroir driven Pinot Noirs that are all made from grapes farmed with Biodynamic principals. Many of her Pinots find their way to the most well-known restaurants in major wine consuming cities like New York and San Francisco and we are thrilled to showcase one of her all too hard to get Pinots.
2015 Kelley Fox Wines Ahurani Pinot Noir
Spunky, talented and driven are the best ways we can sum up Brianne Day’s meteoric rise in American winemaking. She’s interned and worked at wineries from Burgundy, to Argentina, New Zealand and now Oregon where she has honed her skills into a terrific brand that highlights some of Oregon’s well, and not so well known varietals. We thoroughly enjoyed her intense, yet lithe “Running Bare” red made of Tannat, Cabernet Franc and Cot (Malbec) from the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon.
2014 Day Wines “Running Bare” Red
Week 4 (2/22-2/27) “Next Gen Classics” – The last week comes full circle and features the next generation of leading ladies that are making modern, yet finesse-driven wines in the Northwest’s classical approach.
Athena Boedecker is one half of the well known NW Portland-based Beodecker Cellars. Her and her husband Stewart have grown their winery throughout the U.S. making truly classic Willamette Valley styled Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Athena’s leading spirit and determination are evident in their terrific wines and we couldn’t help but recognize a fellow Portland urban winery that is making so many waves by showcasing this delicious medium bodied Chardonnay.
2013 Boedecker Cellars Chardonnay
If you’ve spent much time during harvest at the SE Wine Collective, you can’t miss Andria Shirk leading the charge with her team of Laelaps Wines friends and family. Andria channels her energy into making truly powerful, concentrated and focused Pinot Noirs from the Willamette and Cabernet Sauvignons from Walla Walla. They are major fan favorites at the SE Wine Collective wine bar and we are sure this Pinot Noir will be sure to please.
2014 Laelaps Pinot Noir Nemarniki Vineyard
There’s no doubt that Anne Hubatch is one of the hardest working people in the beverage industry. She has two wine brands of her own and co-owns and third, as well as a cidery, oh yeah, and she’s a mom to two great kids. She grew quickly grew and then outgrew our four walls at the SE Wine Collective and now makes her flagship Helioterra wines in the Eola-Amity Hills. We are excited to welcome one of her wines back, her Syrah, which one of the most popular wines our list during her residency here.
2014 Helioterra Syrah
About SE Wine Collective
Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, of Division Winemaking Company, founded the Southeast Wine Collective in 2012 in response to their personal interest in creating a unique multi-faceted urban winery, coupled with increasing public interest in the urban wine movement. The urban winery and wine bar brings together like-minded wineries who are sustainably growing their businesses and offers a venue for commercial custom crush wine production, tastings and events in an area of SE Portland that already hosts a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene. The collective is made up of ten wineries: Division Winemaking Company, 51 Weeks, Gersing Cellars, James Rahn Wine Company, Loop de Loop, Willful Wine Co, Laelaps Wines, Ore Winery, Stedt Cellars, and Welsh Family Wines, while continuing to work as an incubator for future wine brands and budding industry ideas. Currently 20 varietals are produced at the Collective ranging from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc to lesser-known varietals such as Gamay Noir, Mourvedre, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, and Arneis. The wine bar features pours and flights from all 10 Collective members and their inspirational wines along with draft beer and a diverse food menu by in-house chef Althea Grey Potter. In 2016, co-founders Monroe and Norris were named to Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 list of tastemakers. The Collective was listed among the Top 20 Best Wine Bars in America by Wine Enthusiast, 10 Best Urban Wineries in USA Today and Best Wine Bars in The Oregonian. Travel + Leisure called the Collective a must for any wine connoisseur’s Perfect Weekend in Portland, It has also been featured in FOOD & WINE magazine’s A Winemakers’ Beaujolais Nouveau Party, the New York Times article “Bringing the Wine to Portland, Ore.”, Wine Spectator’s “The New Portland,” Portland Monthly’s article “Meet Portland’s Top Urban Winemakers,” and Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants 2014 7 Days In Portland piece. Wines produced at the Collective have been mentioned in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. The wine bar hosts large and small events, wine release parties and pop-up dinners and is available for rent for private parties. Its hours are Mon. 4 – 9 p.m., Wed, Thurs. and Fri. 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Collective is located at 2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, Oregon 97215. Find more information at www.sewinecollective.com, Facebook SE Wine Collective, Twitter @SEWineColl, Instagram @SEWineCollective or by calling 503-208-2061.