We're pleased to present our Wine Partners for the 2021 Fête du Vin. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to raise funds to support FAIS and hold a memorable FAIS community event each year.
Our Tasting Partners
Join us on November 6th when knowledgeable experts from six Tasting Partners will be sharing an educational tasting experience that will satiate your curiosity and your palate!
Adelsheim, located in Newberg, Oregon, was founded with an optimistic spirit and a lofty dream: to create world-class Pinot noir and Chardonnay in an undiscovered wine region, the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Since 1971, we have obsessively pursued exceptional wines of place, that celebrate the unique bounty of our estate vineyards. As a founding winery of the Willamette Valley and Chehalem Mountains’ first winery, Adelsheim has played an instrumental role in nearly every aspect of the Oregon wine story. As leaders, we believe it is our duty to be steadfast stewards of this abundant land and to rally our community in support of equity and education. Adelsheim is a LIVE certified sustainable winery, and a seven-time Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery.
Chateau Bianca Winery
Chateau Bianca Winery and Vineyard is a family-owned and operated winery established in 1990. The winery and vineyard are located in the Mid-Willamette Valley just outside of Dallas, Oregon. Chateau Bianca is committed to high-quality wines, so we keep our annual production small and handcrafted.
Chateau Bianca Winery estate vineyard is trained to a vertical upright canopy. This allows for shoot positioning, leaf removal, and enhanced air circulation. Moreover, it develops color and concentrates flavor in their wines. Our family’s winemaking philosophy consistently produces superior quality wines with intense flavor profiles.
Crowley Wines was founded in 2005 with a focus on transparent, terroir-driven winemaking. Starting at the source, we favor older clones of Chardonnay Wente and Draper and the classic Wadenswil and Pommard Pinot noir clones due to their late ripening nature and acid retention.
"We work with family owned vineyards and prefer cooler, high elevation sites. Our friends and growers are committed to non-irrigated and low impact farming. We are members of the Deep Roots Coalition and our primary vineyard sources are LIVE certified or certified organic. In the winery our highest priority is to create the most direct evidence of both vintage and place while making elegant and exciting wines. This means (wine geek alert!) minimal acid additions, no extraction enzyme, employing native yeasts, extended aging in mostly neutral oak and minimal fining or filtration. We value purity of expression over stylized wines and hold essential the belief that we cannot improve on nature."
John Grochau was first introduced to wine and the winemaking landscape in his early 20’s, while racing bicycles for a French team in the Loire Valley. For several years, he raced through some of France’s most revered winemaking regions including Champagne, Burgundy and the across the Loire Valley. When he returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he went to work in the restaurant business and quickly discovered an even greater appreciation for wine.
Grochau strives to make wines that are balanced, textured and expressive of place. Inspired by the diversity of the Willamette Valley’s soils and microclimates, Grochau sources fruit from organic and sustainably-farmed vineyards.
Grapes are hand-harvested and wines undergo a slow, natural fermentation. Working with grape varieties with a legacy in the Willamette Valley – namely Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc – Grochau also seeks to showcase the potential of emerging varieties like Melon de Bourgogne and Gamay.
Paul Willenberg, better known as Namazake Paul, is an FAIS parent, chef and sake expert who will put all of your questions to rest as he provides and unparalleled sake tasting and educational experience. Learn about how it's made, where the flavors come from, how to drink it, and what to pair it with. Paul holds a level 3 certificate from the WSET in sake and is the form beverage director at Nodoguro.
Namazake Paul is an online retailer of the freshest, most interesting seasonal sake, specializing in Namazake and Hiyaoroshi. A wealth of sake knowledge, Paul has hosted many popup events including Woodfired Pizza and Sake Tasting Parties for FAIS.
Strade Bianche Wines
Strade Bianche Wines is run by three friends. Jeremy and Bobby (FAIS Parent) go all way back to the playground at Byrom elementary school. Andrea and Bobby became friends while he was living in Montepulciano. The company was formed organically around friendship and a shared passion for high-quality small production Italian wine.
"We are not wine ideologues and our philosophy is simple. We like really good wine and we prefer it to be real wine made by farmers with intention in the vineyard and the cellar. Ours are the family-run vineyards that prune their vines, handpick their grapes, and work in the cellar. This company was founded based on our passion to be the ambassadors for these Italian producers who don't have a well-known brand or large marketing budget but make noteworthy wine that we want to drink."
Discover the wineries below on our Virtual Wine Marketplace.