The Mark Wine News Spring '17 Volume 7.2 - Page 4

"We strive to create wines of world class quality that are produced sustainably, mindful of the environment, and that express the distinctive flavors of our hillside vineyards. Sokol Blosser wines reflect who we are - our values and our sense of place." — A lex and A lison S okol B losser S iblings and C o -P residents AlexSokol Blosser Alison Sokol Blosser In 1970 Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser pulled their ’68 VW Camper up to an abandoned prune or- chard 30 miles south- west of Portland. With little farming experience and just a basic knowl- edge of winemaking, Bill and Susan knew exactly what they were doing; well, kind of. They had a passion for growing the Pinot Noir grape and they wanted to make world-class wine. And they did. They put down roots and set up shop on a piece of property in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley, not far from Portland. They also cinched their place as pioneers in Oregon’s budding wine industry. Gus Sokol with the boys Sokol Blosser is recognized as one of the 2 pioneering wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Located just 30 miles southwest of Portland, the winery is recognized for its world-renowned wines as well as being an integral part of shaping this very important wine growing region. The win- ery produces 80,000 cases a year. Sokol Blosser wines are very much about the Pinot Noir grape the Sokol Blossers were en- amored with all those years ago. They are also distinctly Oregonian. The 85 acre Sokol Blosser estate is in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley region of Oregon. The wines are carefully hand harvested and fer- mented in small lots be- fore being aged for 16 months in French oak. THE MARK WINE NEWS