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SEP 17, 2013 - Washington Post

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Oregon terroir is multidimensional

Jay Somers was talking dirt. Hardly had we shaken hands when he started pointing to the ground and describing the various soils in his vineyard: marine sediment here, iron-laced volcanic soils there. Or something like that. I couldn’t keep up, because Nina, Somers’s 5-year-old German shepherd, would drop her ball at my feet and fix me with a yearning gaze until I threw it again. And again. Within minutes of my arrival at J. Christopher winery on Chehalem Mountain in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, I had seen two of the three essential elements of a successful winery visit: a winemaker focused on ... Read More

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