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Ask a Winemaker: Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines

Each month we’ll be featuring a different winemaker and asking them a question about what they do. We could ask winemakers questions all day, but we want to hear what you’re interesting in knowing- tell us what questions you want answered by emailing Aidan at aidan@


This month we asked Remy Drabkin of Remy Wines what winemakers do in the spring. Remy produces wine using only Italian varietals, which is rare in the Willamette Valley where Pinot noir reigns supreme. We love her Three Wives Rosé, which you can find in our shop. Without further ado, here’s what Remy has to say about how winemakers spend springtime!

“What does a winemaker do in the spring?”, you ask… lounge poolside in Hawaii, Tahiti, or Palm Springs… think of the days when we actually worked and sip refreshing white wines and roses which we recently… oh wait… nope, we’re bottling!

Springtime is filled with bottling, racking, and believe it or not, preparing for the following harvest with barrel purchases, fruit contracts, and equipment repairs or improvements. Lots of winemakers also use this time to go on the road to visit markets that support them or throw wine club parties. We also do our fair share of Spring Cleaning, which is really just extra cleaning on top of the cleaning we do every day, which is a lot!

In addition, good wines take constant maintenance, which doesn’t mean leisurely tasting through barrels before a huge dinner on any given Wednesday but rather adamantly topping and maintaining the safety of the wines. Just as you don’t stop parenting post-infancy, we continue to watch over our babies and make sure they are healthy, a comfortable temperature, and clean.

Now back to the cellar with me!

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Aidan O'Leary

As the Well Produced food contributor, she tries to focus on seasonal dishes that span the entire spectrum from clean eating to comfort food. She loves peonies, ponies, and paper (of the hand made variety).

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