Who: Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co. Winery
What: Small production boutique winery
Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
As an intern with EIEIO & Co. Winery this past harvest, I experienced the frenetic energy and controlled chaos that is associated with small-production winemaking. Winemaker and owner Jay McDonald, along with only three assistants, amazingly cranks out the 1,500 cases that represent EIEIO’s yearly production. By the end of my week’s worth of work, I had not only shredded my abs, but I had gained a profound and personal appreciation of the work that goes into every bottle of wine.
We now know how EIEIO's Pinot Noir grapes are grown and harvested, but how do they become the sophisticated wine you enjoy in a glass? Here's what I learned: