We are so excited for our Winter Winemaker’s Dinner Series and sharing our kitchen for a fun and informative demonstration cooking class all about pairing Oregon wines with seasonal food! For this dinner, we welcome Argyle’s Craig Erion.
“Sparkling wine is for special occasions and caviar and oysters, but it’s also for cheeseburgers on a Tuesday.” – Craig
In 1987, Argyle was founded by pioneering vintner Rollin Soles, with a belief that the cool-climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley was ideal for producing sparkling wines. Our winemaking program now includes sparkling wines, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Rieslings, which have earned acclaim for their elegance, vineyard-driven character and uncommon ageability.
While Argyle has quietly established a reputation as an Oregon icon, we have remained deeply rooted in the Willamette Valley community, and true to the grower-first ideals that inspired our founding. Today, our estate program includes more than 400 acres, with a remarkably diverse tapestry of microclimates, clonal and rootstock selections, elevations, exposures and soil types.
Argyle’s winemaker Nate Klostermann and his team work in extremely small lots to preserve the nuance and complexity of our estate fruit. The team is continually experimenting with innovations such as skin soaking, whole clusters, harvesting at various ripeness levels and fine-tuning the dosage program.
At its heart, Argyle’s history is a quintessential Oregon tale, complete with the promise of staking claim to new spaces, taking risks, and embracing opportunities and possibilities. It is also a story of a deep and meaningful relationship with the land, with the Oregon winemaking community, and with the wine lovers who have long championed the regions beautiful and distinctive wines.