On February 19, we had the honor of hosting one of our favorite producers of Willamette– Kelley Fox.
The anticipation for this event resulted in us selling out of tickets before we could even get a link up. It was chilly outside, but inside it was warm and welcoming as we sipped wine and mingled with Kelley Fox before the meal. Each of the guests filed in, and presented the bottle they brought in from their own cellar to share with Kelley, and, in return, Kelley shared a wine that’s not even on the market yet– a sneak peek into what’s to come.
Kelley was immediately welcomed with excitement and inquiring minds. Once she began talking, you could hear a pin drop. The entire room was laughing with her, and was entranced by her lively persona. Even after a long 48 hours in the city, she was still able to engage with the room, and her passion for wine really shined through.
During dinner, she passed around jars of Jory soil that she brought from her vineyards. Everyone was so excited about this extra element of her conversation, they didn’t care that they were in the middle of eating. They opened the jars and took a deep breath and stuck their hands into the jars to feel the dirt between their fingers, lending an extra voice to the wines they were tasting. Kelley was charismatic and easy going while making the whole room feel as though we were her old friends that she was sharing her evening with.
A little bit about Kelley and her wine:
She is a biodynamic wine producer in the Willamette Valley that specializes in Pinot Noir. She has lived there for 28 years, and has been producing her own wines for 13 years. Before she began producing her own wines, she shadowed David Lett of “The Eyrie Vineyards” where she learned much of what she practices now, and his influence comes through in her wines. She worked as a winemaker at Scott Paul Wines for 10 years before branching out on her own and starting Kelley Fox Wines.
We had the pleasure of tasting the following lineup which included a chardonnay that is not even released to the NYC market at the present time:
- Kelley Fox Mirabai Pinot Noir 2017
- Kelley Fox Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
- Kelley Fox Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir Coury Clone 2017
- Kelley Fox Star of Bethlehem Pinot Noir Flower Block Maresh Vineyard 2017 & Red Bard Block Pinot Maresh Vineyard
- 2017 Kelley Fox Chardonnary Durant Vineyard Lark Block 2018 (New Release)
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