Salmon-pink in the glass—the color of summer refreshment. These Gamay grapes come from a small vineyard in the cool Yakima Valley, planted by a French grower who missed his native grapes, and the expression is a classic mix of red berry fruit and chalk minerality. Strawberries, raspberries, and refreshing watermelon on the nose. The palate is lean and crisp, with racy lemon-lime acidity and a strong mineral backbone throughout. The perfect seaside sipper, or pair with all manner of fresh summer salads and seafood.
Founded in 2010, Division Wine Co. was one of the first true “urban” wineries to open its doors in the US. Their vision for producing Old-World-style wines within Portland’s city limits was an indication of things to come; today, urban wineries (often housed in garages or shared warehouse spaces) are a growing trend in American wine production, as more young winemakers cut down on the cost of starting their businesses by avoiding buying up prime real estate in their respective regions. Instead, more effort is spent sourcing grapes from respected farmers, finding forgotten vineyards of rare varieties, and focusing on unique expressions of the local terroir. Division winemakers Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe find inspiration in the classic wines of France, and their Division-Villages label—named for theVillages category of French wines that are generally considered the entry-level versions of higher-end regions—is meant to be the everyday answer to their Division and Gamine label wines, but only in their approachable expression—Norris and Monroe are committed to low-impact, non-interventionist winemaking and apply a slow approach in the cellar to all of their wines.