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Robust Italian Varietals in the Land of Pinot Noir: Remy Wines

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IMG_3213McMinnville, Oregon is in the heart of Pinot Noir country. Visiting wineries located in and around McMinnville will undoubtedly bring on a tasting or a flight of Pinot Noir – many wineries have three or more Pinots from different blocks, vineyards and vintages. It is, indeed, the land of Pinot Noir.

One winery, however, focuses on robust Italian varietals that don’t resemble a Pinot Noir whatsoever: Remy Wines. Remy Drabkin, owner and winmaker of Remy wines, is dedicated to, and passionate about, varietals like Barbera, Sangiovese, Lagrein and Dolcetto. Located in the heart of McMinnville’s historic Granary District, Remy┬áhas successfully tapped a niche for robust red wine lovers in an area that is all about the Pinot.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a tasting and lunch with Remy, where we broke bread, ate heartily, and enjoyed her 2009 Illahe Vineyard Oregon Lagrein and 2009 Rosebud Vineyard Washington Barbera. Surprisingly young, Remy has lead a full and interesting life of being in and around the wine industry – starting her first real wine job during harvest when she was just thirteen years old.

IMG_3209Growing up in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, surrounded by the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry, Remy knew she wanted to be a winemaker when she was just eight years old. Making her dreams come true, she now owns and runs her own winery and wine bar in McMinnville, where she creates wines that have exceptional depth of character and great complexity – wines that should not be missed.

Most local wine shops carry Remy Wines, and on January 23, 2013, Remy will be pouring her wines at The Broadway at Oakway Center for a special Remy Wines Dinner. The cost is just $35 dollars per person. Call 541-685-0790 and sign up before it’s fully booked. Without a doubt, this will be a fabulous event.

To read the full story about Remy’s interesting life and how she came to make Italian varietals in the heart of Pinot Noir country, including reviews of the Barbera and Lagrein, follow me over to my award-winning website,


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