Pheasant Valley Vineyard
Pheasant Valley Vineyard began as a dream
of owners Scott & Gail Hagee, whose 40 acre farm on the south side of
the Columbia Gorge in Hood River,
Oregon is now a vineyard, winery, and bed & breakfast. Winemaker Rich
Cushman crafts their wines, with occasional help from Peter Rosback of
Sineann. Most of the wines are made from fruit sourced from Oregon and
Washington vineyards in the Columbia Gorge Appellation.
The Winemaker - Rich Cushman
Rich Cushman was born and raised in Hood
River, Oregon, and is in the process of moving back to Hood River from
McMinnville, Oregon, where he has lived with his family and has made
wines under his own Viento label. Rich's own family
vineyard in Hood River,
in 1981, is planted to Riesling, from which he makes excellent wine.
The focus of Viento is to make delicious wines from
some of the more exotic grapes from the Northwest, especially Rhone varietals
Rich's many years of experience with Oregon and Washington vineyards
shows in his unique and highly regarded Viento wines.
RIch has been a consulting winemaker since
1987 and has been a winemaker since 1982 - a total of 22 vintages under
his direct control plus another three vintages while getting his education
in wine making. Rich studied in the Masters program in Enology at UC
Davis for two years (from 1978-1980). He was a classmate of Rollin Soles
(Argyle) and Rick Mafit (Mystic WInes). Following his studies at Davis,
he worked an apprenticeship in Germany at Weingut Dr. Burkin-Wolf.
As a winemaker and consultant, Rich has
been deeply involved in the planning and establishment of four successful
Oregon wineries- Laurel Ridge, Cooper Mountain, Flynn, and Edgefield.
He is currently a consulting winemaker to Edgefield Winery and Cooper
Rich Cushman is winemaker for Pheasant
Valley Vineyard and is also making his Viento wines at the Pheasant Valley
facility. His wine making philosophy is to make wines that are balanced
and consistently good to drink, and that bring out the best in the grapes
that he is using without over-processing. Rich has made a wide range
of wines from ultra-premium limited production wines to value priced
wines that appeal to a broad range of wine drinkers.
The bright and distinctive labels of Pheasant
Valley depict the art of Dennis Wentworth Porter, a friend of the owners.
Dennis was based in the Northwest for many years, and now splits his
time between Oregon and Baja, Mexico. The label art reflects those two