EVENT: Beaux Freres Wine Dinner
Wednesday, May 29th | 6:00 pm
A famed Oregon estate located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, Beaux Freres was founded by Michael Etzel more than twenty years ago. While on vacation in 1986 Michael came across an 88 acre pig farm. After some consideration he decided to purchase the land with his brother in law, Robert Parker, and the rest became history. Michael focused on his job as vineyard manager by planting Pinot Noir in the Ribbon Ridge AVA and while planting his vineyard, he interned at Ponzi Winery. In 1990, Michael harvested his first crop and sold the grapes winemakers Ken Wright and Dick Ponzi. Michael decided there was something special with his vineyard and began making focused, mineral-driven Pinot Noirs from this special site. The wines were reviewed with incredible acclaim. These wines from 2002 and 2005 in particular stand out to me as truly some of the great wines ever made in Oregon. Recently his son, Mike Etzel, has taken over as head winemaker. While the winemaking style has slightly changed, the wines remain highly poised and show tremendous texture and finesse.