Tiny production wines from an urban winemaker in the big city of Portland! Rodger will bring his 2017 Gruner Veltliner - 80 cases - (possibly the first time anyone has poured a Gruner here), as well as his charming 2017 Rose of Cabernet Franc - 25 cases - and the great 2015 Tempranillo - perhaps 40 cases.
Rodger's interest in wine turned into a love of wine which turned into an intense curiosity about everything that goes into the production of premium wines. After the ‘aha’ moment at a barrel tasting at Washington State’s Kiona winery many years ago, he took up studies through Washington State University’s extension campus in Prosser, WA on both viticulture and enology, the science of wine winemaking.
Volunteer time at Davenlore winery (Prosser, WA) through the Wazzu programs spread out over several years, as well as a short stint at Montinore (Forest Grove, OR) on weekends during the 2012 harvest season were precursors to a harvest internship at Enso winery in 2013 in Portland, Oregon that turned into a position as cellar master and assistant winemaker, a position he still holds today.