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Join host Marti Mendenhall as she converses with winemaker Barnaby Tuttle, co-owner of Teutonic Wines located in Southeast Portland. A winery from the edge with a tavern that plays only vinyl records through a vintage hi-fi or live jazz.
From Jazz and Miles Davis, to Heavy Metal and Red Flag, Teutonic’s German-style wines are often influenced by the art of music itself. Stay tuned as Barnaby shares his journey from steel worker to a premiere Oregon Winemaker on the Season 1 finale of Sound Tasting.
Barnaby Tuttle, winemaker, music enthusiast.
From Behind The Microphone
Barnaby’s playlist for wine-making
It all started in 2002 when Barnaby was the wine buyer at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Portland’s southeast location. German wine importer Ewald Moseler, showed him 14 different Rieslings from Germany’s famed Mosel wine region. Barnaby bought all 14 and started one of the largest German wine lists in Portland. That same night he told his wife, Olga that he needed to learn how to make wines that are as expressive to terroir (expression of the place the grapes are grown) as these Rieslings.
Without a clue as to how to start or find investors for financial backing, Barnaby and Olga started on a long journey into one of Oregon’s most difficult industries- the wine business. As luck would have it, a friend of theirs offered them fallow farm land in Alsea, Oregon, to start a vineyard. So in 2005, along with a handful of good friends, they put 2000 vines into the ground, mostly Pinot Noir and some Pinot Meunier and Pinot Blanc. As they were learning how to manage the vineyard, Barnaby left his restaurant career and started as a rookie at a shared winery facility in Carlton.
Barnaby and Olga produced their first commercial vintage in 2008 which included their Estate Pinot Noir from the Alsea vineyard and Pinot Meunier made with fruit from a U-pick vineyard called Borgo Pass. From there, they increased our production by purchasing fruit from other vineyards around the Willamette Valley. Even though Oregon’s soil type(s) is nothing close to ones in the Mosel Valley, their wines are similar in style. When they pour their wines for their German winemaker friends, they nod their heads and smile. That right there tells Barnaby and Olga they’re doing something right!
Marti Mendenhall, Jazz Singer, Food Enthusiast
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Join us Friday, May 11th at 2 p.m. for Sound Tasting: Episode 8, the Season Finale, featuring Barnaby Tuttle. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at PRP.fm.
This week on Sound Tasting, listen to the live show for a chance to text-to-win! The prizes include two bottles of wine from Teutonic Wines. All prizes will be picked up at the PRP Station. Contact producer Jenna Deml at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an ideal pickup time.