We both met Matt Berson, owner/winemaker at Portland Wine Company, last year when introduced by our friend Tad Seestedt, Master Distiller and Winemaker of Ransom Wine Co & Distillery. Matt was one of Tad’s first employees and following his time at Ransom continued to work with many other great winemakers all over the world. He then went on to start his own garage winery in Portland working with some of the best fruit in the Willamette Valley.
Almost more importantly, Matt belongs to the same small but devoted club that we do, that of the Riesling Fanatics. Matt makes several top tier Rieslings from some of the best vineyards for the grape in this hemisphere. The 2016 Love & Squalor Riesling that we carry is an example of all the best qualities of the grape that countless somms consider the best pairing for many diverse foods.
Most recently from Matt we received his fantastic new foray into the world of dry Rosé. The 2020 Garageland Pinot Noir rosé is entirely from the organic Gemini vineyard in the new Laurelwood AVA in the Northern Willamette. Pretty white cherry fruit is accented by hints of umami on the finish. It promises to be a new favorite of ours as we head into warmer weather and brighter days!