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Oregon Chardonnay Symposium adds International Perspective

Submitted By: Dixie Huey, February 07, 2014
Expanded Format Adds International Panelists, Dominique Lafon and Veronique Drouhin and 40 Oregon Producers

February 7, 2014, Dayton, OR – The third annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 8 at Stoller Family Estate. This year’s expanded event will feature a technical seminar with domestic and international speakers and a grand tasting with 40 select Oregon Chardonnay producers. Tickets are $100 for the panel and grand tasting or $60 for the tasting only; they are available online at Oregon Chardonnay Symposium will award three pairs of complimentary tickets to the grand tasting. “Like” the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium Facebook page to be entered into the online drawings being held daily Monday, February 10 through Wednesday, February 12.

The technical seminar, “The Future of Oregon Chardonnay,” will be moderated by Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest author, Cole Danehower. Panelists will include the following Oregon producers: Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate; David Paige of Adelsheim Vineyard; Josh Bergström of Bergström Wines; Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery; Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem Wines; Robert Brittan of Brittan Vineyards; and Doug Tunnell of Brick House Vineyards. Dominique Lafon of Domaine des Comtes and Veronique Drouhin of Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon will add an international perspective. The 2pm to 4pm seminar will be followed by a grand tasting from 4pm to 6pm featuring 40 of Oregon’s top selected Chardonnay producers – the largest tasting ever offered of the region’s bottlings.

According to Paul Durant, Co-founder of Oregon Chardonnay Symposium, “This year’s event will have a dynamic take on the past, present and future of Oregon Chardonnay. As the event grows, we will look to challenge the topic and explore additional facets – from the evolving scene in the state, to production techniques, clonal selection and more.” Durant is also co-owner of Durant Vineyards and Red Ridge Farms, founded in Dayton, Oregon in 1973.

Bill Stoller, a native Oregonian who has been growing Chardonnay on his family’s 373-acre property for nearly 20 years, comments, “I’ve long believed in the growing potential of Chardonnay here in Oregon, and admire the vision of Oregon Chardonnay Symposium Founders, Paul Durant and Erica Landon. We are honored to host this year’s event.”

About Oregon Chardonnay Symposium
The Oregon Chardonnay Symposium is an organization dedicated to bringing domestic and international acclaim to the Oregon expression of the varietal. Co-founded by Paul Durant of Durant Vineyards and Erica Landon of Walter Scott Wines in 2012, the Oregon Chardonnay Symposium is focused on telling the story of Oregon Chardonnay from its history to highlighting the state’s newest artisan producers. Learn more online at

About Stoller Family Estate
Stoller Family Estate is one of Oregon’s most highly regarded vineyards and wineries. Pioneering Oregonian and Founder, Bill Stoller, purchased his family’s second-generation farm in 1993 with the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for the land and Oregon wine industry. Over the last 20 years, he has patiently transformed the 373-acre property into the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills and a sought after source of fruit for premier producers. Longtime Winemaker, Melissa Burr, works in concert with Vineyard Manager, Robert Schultz, to oversee the site’s continued refinement and steward Stoller’s legacy of growing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Stoller Family Estate features North America’s first LEEDŽ Gold certified winery, three guest homes and a new state-of-the-art tasting room with panoramic vineyard views.