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Superb Wines That Underscore the Importance of Family

Nov 9, 2011
Superb Wines That Underscore the Importance of Family
Oregon riesling and pinot that will pair perfectly with your November feast

brookswineJimi Brooks was one of the leaders of the biodynamic movement in Oregon winemaking when he died unexpectedly in 2004. At that moment, Jimi’s sister, Jane, flew up to Oregon to determine what to do with the grapes he had purchased for his 7th vintage of Brooks wines, then a 3,000-case producer of some of Oregon’s finest riesling and pinot noir.

Much to Jane’s heart-warming surprise, Jimi’s friends and colleagues in the Oregon wine industry had rallied, choosing to make the wines from his vineyard sites for free in the first year after his death. Thereafter, Jane stepped in to run Brooks Wines full-time (gratis) on behalf of the brand’s owner--Jimi’s 15- year old son andJane’s nephew, Pascal. Jimi’s original assistant winemaker, Chris, continues to make Brooks wines today.

When Team Bottlenotes tasted the Brooks line-up, we concluded that they truly demonstrate the nuances of Oregon riesling and pinot noir. From the minerally, green apple-driven whites (whether bone-dry or succulently sweet) to the red raspberry and black cherry-driven, European-weight reds, the Brooks family’s wines would be PERFECT additions to any Thanksgiving table. As such, they are also a perfect reminder of the thanks we should all have for loyal, loving family members.  

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Someone brought us a 2004 Riesling from Brooks to an Intern Party we gave, the last one Jimi Brooks made. I never allowed it to be opened and hid it away. It would have to be a super special occasionfor me to share this bottle.

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