Who: Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co. Winery
What: Small production boutique winery
Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
One of the most rewarding experiences you can have is the understanding and the following amazement of truly discovering where your favorite things come from. These answers are sometimes shocking and, at times, much more complex than you had initially imagined. In a culture evermore concerned with the origins of our consumables, it is only logical to wonder where your wine comes from. How does it progress from the vineyard to your glass?
Pondering these questions led me to spend this last harvest season working with EIEIO & Co., a small, independent,1,500-case production winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, led by winemaker Jay McDonald. In a 3-part series, I'll explore just how this region's Pinot Noir comes to be, starting with how the grapes are grown and harvested: