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In this episode, I talk with two local winemakers, Domaine Roy and Hanson Vineyards. The first shows how one little phone call can open up the viticultural opportunity of a lifetime. And the second comes from a winery that describes their wines in 3 words: acid-driven, transparent, and adventurous.
Jason did his undergraduate studies in upstate New York, and then obtained a Master’s in politics from George Washington University. For a while he had his own company doing political research. He lived in D.C. for 14 years before finally deciding that he did not really enjoy being that closely involved with politics.
He had a true desire to get back to the Pacific Northwest. His father had retired from teaching and they started talking. While it took a few years to figure it all out, they then we got some grapes in the ground and in 2005 got their commercial winemaking license.
Eleven varieties are now in the ground on the fourth generation family farm. Currently about nine and a half acres of vines accounts for the majority of their grape production. Butte Creek has washed away much of the soil and left behind two distinct areas: sandy, rocky ground where you will find their Pommard, Dijon 115, Wadenswil and Riesling blocks.