R. Stuart & Co. Tasting, Thursday July 19, 5 – 7 PM
Rob Stuart is the heart of the flame. A winemaker and visionary, both his personality and his winemaking style are warm and accessible. With his wife Maria, who is in charge of the Public Relations and Direct Sales; long-time friend Patricia Ridgeway, who is responsible for National Sales and Distribution; and fellow Champagne-ophile Frank Blair, Rob has built his eponymous winery into one of Oregon’s favorites.
After years of working with other people, Rob, Maria and Trish realized the dream of stepping out on their own and creating the winery they always imagined. One where the quality of the wines is consistently high, but their price isn’t. Where the growers are honored for the hard work they do and where the customers are welcomed as friends.
We focus our winemaking primarily on Pinot noir, Pinot gris and our brut sparkling wine Rosé d’Or. Our wines are authentic, easy, approachable and perfectly balanced to pair with food.
At R. Stuart & Co. we don’t own a single acre of vineyard land, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t totally invested in the quality of our fruit. After so many years in this business, we have developed close working relationships with lots of growers. We’ve carefully chosen our very favorite vineyards; the ones that give us fruit in a wide range of textures and flavors. Each harvest we gather these lots of fruit from around the state and thoughtfully blend them into wines that – year in and year out – stay true to our style.
The wines with the Big Fire label—Pinot gris, Pinot noir and dry Rosé—are fresh, lively and friendly, intended for everyday drinking. The wines bearing the more traditional R. Stuart & Co. label are classic Pinot noirs designed to marry the best of Burgundian and New World winemaking styles. Autograph is our benchmark Pinot noir. We blend it from a selection of vineyards to create a lush and complex Pinot noir you’ll turn to again and again as your special occasion wine – or just because its Saturday night.
All of our Thursday Tastings occur during Happy Hour. We have $4 glass pours and $4 food items. There is never a corkage fee on bottles. (Value over $20)