Remy Drabkin makes Italian inspired wines in the Pinot-centric Oregon Willamette Valley. Sangiovese, Cannonau, Barbera, and Lagrein are some of the varietals she uses in making her polished wines.
Grapes for her wines are purchased in both Washington State and Southern Oregon. She has longtime friendships in Oregonís winemaking community, growing up with the children of some of Oregonís most famous winemakers.
Before Oregon, she lived in an Italian section of Pittsburgh and learned about winemaking, Italian style, from local families.
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Remy Drabkin: Hooked on Italian Wines"
While making wine with "a bunch of old Italian men," Remy Drabkin took her Oregon-based winemaking skills (she's worked Oregon's harvests since the age of 13) and headed in a new direction. In Pinot-centric McMinnville, she makes Italian inspired Sangiovese, Barbera, Lagrein, and red blends.
Remy's wines are made with considerable skill and a distinct point of view, usually developed at a much later age. She has a cult following among Willamette Valley winemaking families and friends. She's on a trajectory to become one of Oregon's winemaking stars. It's time to try Remy's Wines.
Remy grew up in Oregon's wine country. "There were only about ten families in our area making wine when I was a kid - including the Adelsheims, the Ponzis, and the Letts (Eyrie). They were our neighbors." Remy was "hanging around getting in the way" at wineries by age eight. She worked her first harvest at age 13. Through high school, she worked after school at Erath.
At the age of 18, Remy moved to Pittsburgh to manage the Enrico Biscotti Company, a restaurant and bakery in the heart of the city's Italian-American neighborhood. The restaurant's basement is where everyone makes their own wine, using a 100 year-old wine press.
While in Pittsburgh, Remy made wine with "a bunch of old Italian men," using grapes shipped from California. "They made wine from classic Italian varietals like Sangiovese, Barbera, Alicante, Nebbiolo, basically anything they could get their hands on. The final wine was a blend of whatever they could get in that vintage - a hearty, rustic Italian-style table wine, aged in old whiskey barrels."
"The experience hooked me into Italian varietals" Remy says." I loved that their winemaking was so rustic and traditional. They focused on the craft of it, not the science."
When Remy returned to Oregon (after some time in France) she started her own winery, Remy Wines. It's a one woman show, making about 1600 cases a year of delicious Sangiovese, Barbera, Syrah, and red wine blends.
Author: Jean Yates