Dad, Husband, Winemaker:
Bryan’s love of wine is rooted in his Oregon blood.
“I grew up in a family who appreciated great wine. I was taught that wine is something special yet something that is a staple of everyday life – a condiment with any meal… something to talk about over family dinners, something to share with good people and great friends, and something to collect and age with memories. It’s an inclusive part of everyday life.”
In 2006, Bryan’s love for wine on the dinner table grew into a love for winemaking with his family.
“We sourced amazing fruit from Trudy and Keith at Kramer Vineyards, and five of us set out to make our first Pinot Noir. It’s funny to look back now and realize all of the things we didn’t know then about making wine.”
What started with 5 gallons of Pinot Noir and a Portland basement has grown to over 500 cases of wine and a family wine farm in Newberg, OR.
“I love how much I learn every year and with every new harvest. I am a constant student and sponge for information. I read about wine, talk to other winemakers, drink other people’s wines and try to understand how that winemaker got there, watch YouTube videos that other winemakers put out, and soak up everything I can get. My understanding of winemaking changes daily, and I literally can’t get enough of it.”
Bryan's love of cooking also directs his approach to winemaking, always looking for the perfect balance in flavors and texture.
“With food, you’re looking for balance in flavors and texture. Salt, acidity, sweetness, spice, crunch, smoothness, etc… the combination of those elements make for great food that is interesting and pops in the mouth.
I approach winemaking in the same way.
From a general standpoint, I aim for balance. I aim for clean and elegant wines with as much complexity as I can draw out of the fruit. Acidity is very important to me as it helps the wines pair well with food and age gracefully, and my absolute favorite part of any wine is the depth of complex aromatics.”
Bryan aims to create a portfolio of delicious wines that have the complexity and balance to stand on their own, but also work together to create a cohesive journey, like a multi-course meal.