A Toast to Barrels
The oak barrel is much more than a simple storage vessel, as it plays a key role in the development of red and white wines. Join us for this interactive session on barrels where we will discuss key aspects of barrel production with a Master Cooper and explore cutting edge research on the interaction between barrels, oxygen and wine with a world-leading expert on barrels and oxygen. Come prepared with questions for our winemaker panel who will be discussing key steps in developing an effective and impactful barrel program.
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Sam has chaired the Oregon Business Association, the Oregon Wine Board and the Oregon Winegrowers Association, was a member of the Nature Conservancy’s Oregon Business Leaders’ Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Task Force, the International Pinot Noir Celebration Board and the Governor’s GMO Task Force. He currently serves on the board of the Oregon Business Council, Oregon Business and Industry, Oregon State’s Food Science and Technology Advisory Board, Business Oregon’s Futures Commission, and is co-founder of the Oregon Food and Beverage Leadership Council.
After college Ben spent a season working the ’99 harvest in Burgundy, then returned to Oregon to work at REX HILL under Lynn Penner-Ash, where he spent the next five years working his way up to assistant winemaker. In 2005 when Ben’s father retired as winemaker at Bethel Heights, Ben agreed to accept the position.
Ben strives to continue the vision of his father and family to produce wines that reflect time and place at Bethel Heights Vineyard, more than the hand of the winemaker. It is a vision born of thoughtful experimentation, patience and restraint, and one that he believes can only reach fulfillment with a focus first—and foremost—in viticulture.
Ramiro spent 19 years with Seguin Moreau involved in many facets of the business from production supervising and training to inventory control and sales in Mexico and South America. In 2014 Ramiro began working for Caldwell Vineyard as their exclusive Master Cooper. Each year he travels to a small cooperage in France and personally crafts all the barrels used for the Caldwell Vineyard wines.