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How are our wineries making the most of quarantine? Staying sane? Here are their dispatches from wine country. 

The Great Oregon Wine Company / Duck Pond Cellars

march 25, 2020

We survived the first week of social distancing and staying home. Here are seven lessons we learned this week in quarantine.

1. Virtual Happy Hours are a thing!

2. Vitamin C packets are an excellent substitution for OJ in a mimosa!

3. Our screen times went up by double digits this week trying to stay connected to colleagues, friends and family.

4. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a new hobby.

5. Wine makes a great substitute for weights in your at-home workout.

6. The appropriate attire for a Zoom conference is from the waist up.

7. Any glass becomes a wine glass when you put wine in it.

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march 23, 2020

This has been a humbling experience that has brought us back to our roots—Oregon roots. The people involved in Willamette Valley Wine have stood the test of time and we continue to rise as a community and succeed together, fighting any storm that comes in our path.

Looking back to the words of Paul Gregutt: “Another great Pinot quote, and I don’t know who first said it, but it’s ‘the iron fist in the velvet glove.’ It took me a few years and a lot of wine to understand that quote, but I think it really does kind of hit upon the fact that it’s a very subtle and elegant wine. At the same time, it can be a wine of immense power and longevity.”

“Power and Longevity.” We push through! We continue to show up to care for the vines. Fire, water, drought, viruses will not stand in our way to make the “subtle and elegant” wine the world has come to love. We as a community will continue to come together and curate the wine that we all will continue to enjoy.

Cheers to binding together as a community and refusing to shut down. The vines continue to grow. They do not know that everything has come to a standstill. Let’s continue to grow together.

In a world of uncertainty, one thing we can count on is the change of seasons. This week marks a promise of new beginnings. Spring arrives and the time at home gives us a chance to throw open the windows to the fresh, yet chilled air, letting the sun in. Outside some herbs are emerging, inspiring us to dust off old favorite cookbooks that have been forgotten. Opening a bottle of Domaine Divio’s 2019 Rosé and having time to sit on the front porch with family, looking through recipes harkens back to a simpler time. Flipping through the dog-eared pages, we come across a tried-and-true favorite: roasted chicken, herbed new potatoes and fresh asparagus. This meal is a celebration of spring! Years of throwing things together have melted away as family members enjoy each other’s company, laugh and share stories while preparing a special meal to enjoy. Domaine Divio’s 2018 Chardonnay beckons to be opened and paired perfectly when the aroma of the chicken fills the room. Sitting at a table with those closest is the perfect ending to the day. Stay safe and enjoy the time with those you love.
– Sara Weibel, Tasting Room Associate

Pictured: Bruno and Armando work hard tying the vines. Life continues for our vineyards!

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march 23, 2020

Remy Wines just had a conference call team meeting, where we all checked in with each other and gave updates. Lots of us are having trouble sleeping, and when we do, we have weird dreams. A moment of levity ensued when I admitted I had a dream that Jane Fonda came into the tasting room to pick up her club wine. I couldn’t find her name on the list, and wondered if she wasn’t charged. Annika, our operations manager said, Erin, when Jane Fonda comes into the tasting room just give her the wine! I was hoping we could reach out to Jane Fonda and let her know she’s an honorary club member!
– Erin Butler, media and shipping director

Pictured: The Remy Wines team at their last holiday party, pre–social distancing. 

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