Arcachon: The Launching of a New Label

           Charm Is a Glass Of Arcachon

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Wine On Line Rating: A Major

Hillsboro, Oregon: In the southwest region of France, in the Bay of Arcachon, there’s a small community aptly called “Arcachon.” About 40 miles southwest from the heart of Bordeaux,

Arcachon is situated on the Atlantic coastline of the Gironde region. Here, both red and white wines are crafts. While mostly being a region renowned for its Arcachon oysters, it’s also very famous for a few prestigious vineyards that you’ll quickly recognize: Margaux, Château Lafite,and Mouton Rothschild.

It’s from this region that the Arcachon label derives its inspiration, and it’s also from Oak Knoll’s personal, family history; Arcachon is now a second label for Oak Knoll Winery, honoring their history. Oak Knoll’s founder Ron Vuylsteke’s grandfather Leonard Vuylsteke, a native of Belgium,started making wine in the Arcachon Bay region. Leonard then moved to St. Emilion, where he became the village winemaker in the early 1900s. He next immigrated to the United States with his family, on one of the last ships able to make safe passage out of Europe just before World
War I. Arriving at Ellis Island in New York, the family traveled across the country by train to join relatives, who had settled in the farmland of the northern Willamette Valley. Grandson Ron Vuylsteke also became a winemaker, and went on to become a pioneering legend in Oregon’s winemaking history.

These are extreme value wines were crafted by winemaker Jeff Herinckx, Ron Vuylsteke’s nephew, during a time when people appreciate these prices… especially with the Willamette Valley AVA associated with them.

We adored both the red and white and must say that the Pinot Gris is the most delightful version of this grape we have tasted this side of the Atlantic.

• 2008 Arcachon Cellars Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ~ Suggested Retail $11.99
• 2008 Arcachon Cellars Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ~ Suggested Retail $11.99

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