The story of our family owned and operated vineyard and winery began in Seattle. Our winemaker, Sarah Cabot, and business and vineyard manager David Moore, met while working at restaurants in the emerald city. Feeling unsettled in their career choices and driven by a desire to build rather than circulate, they made a change.
Sarah went back to school at Washington’s Northwest Wine Academy to follow her passion for wine production. In 2007, she and David, drawn by their enthusiasm for both Pinot Noir and the white wines being produced in Oregon, made their way south. Sarah worked her first Oregon harvest at Belle Pente under the generous and watchful guidance of mentor Brain O’Donnell. In 2008 they bought their first ton of grapes, made their first wine and haven’t looked back since.
Inspired by the zeal, energy and dedication of Sarah and David, David’s parents Bill and Staci Moore (who themselves had fallen in love with Oregon and its wines), founded Omero Cellars with Sarah and David by their side. Together they found the perfect piece of property in exactly the location they wanted to plant, the heart of the Northern Willamette Valley’s Ribbon Ridge appellation. That piece of land was, incidentally, not officially for sale but through perseverance, persistence and an inability to take “no” for an answer it soon became their home and future location for the Omero Estate vineyard. Six months later the first vines were planted on the property.
David, who lives on the property with his wife Amanda, takes pride in learning about and tending to the land. Through keen observation, an inquisitive mind and an adventurous spirit he has come to identify the microclimates of the 50 acre property and formulated a farming philosophy around them. Through the same attention to detail, Sarah has begun the life-long journey of understanding the fruit from the property as well as the other vineyards we work with. She is constantly adapting to and discovering how best to tend to the fruit in the winery and in doing so learns to best way to communicate with the fruit and the vineyards it come from. Helping it to itself in its most individual and exquisite way; creating wines with balance, elegance and finesse which convey a sense of place and tell a story, our story.
For us it’s about Oregon first and foremost. We aren’t trying to replicate Burgundy; we are aiming to represent Oregon. Our soils are unique, our climate is unique, our fruit is unique and we are unique. It is our most sincere wish to share that individuality through our wines. We also believe in the aging potential of both the white and the red wines of this valley as well as the acid driven food-friendly nature of them and we seek to highlight those aspects in everything we make.
The estate is farmed consciously with the health and natural cycle of the vineyard and its ecosystem in mind with a focus on maintaining the natural bio-diversity of the land through minimal intervention, native cover crops and the integration of livestock. We are proud and honored to make and share Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay from our estate vineyard and from select vineyards throughout the valley.
Donkey & Goat
St. Reginald Parish
What happens when the son of a Louisiana preacher man plants new roots in Oregon wine country? Really good Pinot Noir. Leaving behind a career in the music biz, New Orleans native Andrew Young set his sights on Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Working with small blocks of Pinot Noir, Young lets native yeasts take the lead in his whole-cluster fermentation and utilizes punch downs (rather than pump overs) to coax even the most subtle nuances from his fruit. Today’s Drink of the Week—the St. Reginald Parish 2013 Congregation Pinot Noir—is as fresh as it is focused, lovely as it is lively, with herbaceous aromatics of bay leaves and rosemary balanced by flavors of fresh cherries, tart cranberries and just a hint of game. Bottled at a mere 12.7% abv (and priced at a wallet-friendly $25), it practically insists that you pour yourself a second glass.
Scholium Wine Project
Bloomer Creek Vineyard
Like a glass of fine wine, a vineyard tells a story. Bloomer Creek Vineyard tells the story of two young people, Kim and Debra, who built something together – who planted a vineyard in fields where raspberries once grew.
Thirty years ago Kim and Debra bought a farmhouse once owned by a man named Ed Auten. The farmhouse had many rooms. Tall ornate windows looked out across corn fields and doors opened to a small orchard surrounded by fat sugar maples. Out back, a small creek - Bloomer Creek - warbled over a shallow shale bed in early spring. Kim came to this farmhouse by way of a love affair – a love affair with vines.
In 1978, as a young student on leave from Cornell University, Kim found himself pruning grapes on a vineyard overlooking Cayuga Lake. The hard work, outside all day in frosty temperatures, suited him. In the evening, standing by an outdoor grill with venison roasting and a glass of homemade wine in his hand, Kim realized he had found his life’s passion. This passion would only intensify a year later, following an extended stay in the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. Eat, drink, and be merry - Kim decided to become a vigneron.
After returning to Cornell to complete his studies (including a stint at CSUF in Fresno, CA for viticulture and enology not yet available at Cornell) Kim began to pursue his dream – buying land, planting grapes, and practicing the nuanced poetics needed to tend them. Bloomer Creek Vineyard was established in 1999 from 10 acres with two different vineyard designations – Auten Vineyard and Morehouse Road - planted on the west side of Cayuga Lake. In 2012 a new vineyard was added to Bloomer Creek when Kim and Debra purchased an abandoned vineyard site on the east side of Seneca Lake, one mile from their production cellar in Hector. The vineyard had been abandoned for over 30 years and needed to be cleared of brush, trees, posts and rusted trellis wire. In spring of 2013, four acres of Riesling was planted. “Barrow Vineyard” - Old Norse for high, rocky hill and burial mound – links the past to the future. One lone cedar tree was left in the field amongst the vines as a testament to all who have gone before and to all who will follow.
Debra came to her passion for vines and wine through Kim. As a little girl, in answer to the question – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Debra had always answered, “ artist” – which is what she became. Now, however, (because of Kim) she realizes that she might have added – “and vigneronne” if she had only known what that meant.
While studying art at Cornell University (BFA) and the University of Washington in Seattle (MFA) Debra narrowly missed following a different path – mountaineering. At the summit of every major peak in the Pacific Northwest, Debra exulted in the intense physicality needed to reach a mountaintop and the rewarding beauty of the ethereal landscape found there. However, pursuing beauty in the quiet north light of her studio prevailed. Now, Debra's former passion for mountaineering has a new form of expression with every grape harvest at Bloomer Creek where, instead of a fading memory of the intense journey, there is a moment of beauty in a glass of wine to savor at the end of the day.
Debra’s career as a professional artist includes over 25 years of representation by DC Moore Gallery in NY. Her exhibition record is extensive with her work included in many private and public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Smith College Museum of Art. Her most recent exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in VT (8/15-10/15) entitled “Threaded Dances” travels to the Delaware Art Museum in fall 2016.
Katy Koken came to Bloomer Creek as a teenager to work part-time. Her childhood home - a beautiful house in the woods - was infused with the fiddle music of her father and the fine food of her mother. It was here that she came to love watching things grow as she helped tend her mother’s large kitchen garden - a garden that brought delicious food to their table at home as well as to her mother’s cafe in Ithaca.
Now, 10 years later, Katy has become a crucial part of Bloomer Creek Vineyard as assistant vigneron. She received her degree in viticulture and enology from Cornell in 2011 and helps in every aspect of field and cellar work. Like Kim and Debra, Katy sees wine as the direct expression of everything that happens in a vineyard – like the year a Bluebird built a nest in the end post of the Riesling vineyard by the pond – a special vintage!
Coturri Winery is situated on Sonoma Mountain, above the tiny hamlet of Glen Ellen, in the region know as the Valley of the Moon. It was founded in 1979 by Harry "Red" Coturri and his sons Tony and Phil. Red learned how to make wine during Prohibition and the great depression from his father Enrico, who immigrated to America from Farneta, Italy in 1901. Today, Tony is custodian of the wine made here and remains true to the traditional methods of his predecessors.
For over thirty-five years we have been stewarding terroir-driven wine on Sonoma Mountain, above the tiny hamlet of Glen Ellen in Sonoma County. Our small estate vineyard is comprised primarily of Martini Monte Rosso Zinfandel clones on phylloxera resistant St. George rootstock. The vineyard is dry farmed and head pruned in the traditional Italian goblet style.
Our grapes are never treated with pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.
We use Indigenous yeast.
We use neutral oak cooperage.
We do not fine or filter.
We do not use SO2 at any point of the winemaking process.
No additions or manipulations of any kind are made. We believe that our wines are a testament to the longevity potential of wines made naturally.
Artifact Cider Project
Artifact Cider Project crafts ciders of distinction from the superb apples of New England. Through thoughtful cidermaking, we unearth the potential in our region’s apples - reviving the pleasures of local cider.
New England: the birthplace of the United States, the home of our founding fathers and an origin of cider that flourishes today and has for centuries. In the western region of this storied corner of the Lower 48 lies Springfield, Massachusetts, where Soham Bhatt, Jake Mazar and team created Artifact Cider Project: dream-turned-reality for two best friends who wanted to showcase apples grown on New England orchards with great tasting, locally available cider.
Having grown up together in Massachusetts, Bhatt and Mazar also began drinking cider together. After graduating college and developing their careers, the two lost a dear friend, causing both young men to reassess where they were in their own lives.
“We were kind of reevaluating our lives and I think the one thing that we felt was really missing in our area, at least, was a dry cider that we would have wanted to drink, that was accessible to everyone,” Bhatt says. “A cider that made you feel connected to both the history of this area but also that it’s part of this fabric of where we come from, it’s part of the American fabric, it’s part of the New England fabric.”
Bhatt and Mazar knew they wanted to begin a cider business, so they sought the advice from tenured and prestigious producer West County Cider, whom Bhatt considers the experts of Massachusetts. “When we first wanted to get into making cider, I obsessively called their house until Judith [Maloney] actually picked up the phone and we talked,” he recalls. “I got to go visit the orchard and try some apples that I had never tried before.”
And thus with mentorship and guidance of Judith and Field Maloney at West County Cider, the duo began fermenting their own product with apples from local orchards around western Massachusetts and Artifact Cider Project was born. Just three years later, the team now uses Pine Hill Orchard as the home base for their ciders.
With the original drive for creating a cider company sparking from cider history in New England, that curiosity remains true to Bhatt and Mazar’s cidermaking goals for the company. “It’s not just about history, it’s not just about apples and orchards,” says Bhatt. “It is very much about those things, but it’s also about us and what I’m inspired by and how I want to express the fruit.”
Fruit like in the juicy and tart wild-fermented Wild Thing, recently canned and released in 16-ounce pounders for the people. Or the Roxbury, made from hand-collected Roxbury Russets, a variety discovered in its namesake Massachusetts town, and the May We Have Your Attention, Please, another wild-fermented cider blended with black currants.
Moving forward, Bhatt says they would like to grow Artifact Cider into a region wide company that contributes to the history of New England and comes to mind when the consumer thinks Massachusetts cider, something the entire team is committed to. “Over the years, my personal interest and passion hasn’t gone down at all,” Bhatt says. “In fact, I just find myself getting more and more passionate about it as time goes on. I don’t know if the United States has really found its voice in terms of what an American cider is and we’re trying to contribute to that dialogue.”