Dundee Hotel (DH): I see you make Italian-style wines. What do you think are the biggest differences in flavors compared to French wines, and how is that style supported in the Willamette Valley?’
Many Italian wines are very adaptable to their surroundings while retaining the strong palate characteristics that we know and love. As a winemaker focused on Italian varieties, I feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds—wines that are sensitive to the terroir and climate of its surroundings but still exhibit a strong sense of identity once in the bottle!
(DH) How do you celebrate Pride, and what does Pride mean to you?
Remy: OOMG….Wine Country Pride! I start a non-profit and create safe spaces through the entire county by big flag displays, contributing educational materials to schools, supporting queer artists and funding scholarships at every high school in Yamhill County – oh and I put on a damn good show.
Remy celebrating on a past pride event!
At the Remy Wines tasting room in the Dundee Hills
DH: As a McMinnville native, how have you seen Pride month change over time? Are there any changes you’d like to see in the future?
Remy: Um. There really was no Pride in Yamhill County until I started in last year! I mean there were small efforts but last year I convened those efforts and together a number of queer leaders in our community created the umbrella of Wine Country Pride. The growth has been exponential.
DH: What are you most excited about when it comes to 2021 Pride?
My outfits. Organizing Watch Parties around the world to celebrate Pride with us!
DH: What are the best ways Dundee locals and visitors alike can support Remy Wines, outside of purchasing (which they should obviously also do)?
In addition to Wine Country Pride, we have so many exciting plans and wine releases set for 2021. People can follow us on Instagram at @remywines, on Facebook, or sign up for our newsletter on our website to stay up to date. Join the Remy Wines and the WCP mailing list!
Guests enjoy a spread to compliment Remy Wines
DH: Which local and/or international issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community are currently on your mind?
Remy: Lifting up queer communities, which have historically been left behind in the fight for queer rights.
DH: What are small ways in which people can make Pride celebrations more inclusive and diverse, as they go about normal festivities?
Remy: Find organizations that are focused on equity and minority rights and get involved – if you want to broaden your community then do it!
DH: What inspires you?
Remy: Possibility. “The future belongs to the beauty of our dreams.” – E. Roosevelt
DH: What are you working on now? Do you have anything new coming out that you’d like to share with us?
Remy: We just released the 2019 Gold Star, which is our take on the iconic Super Tuscan. I’ve been loving the way it’s tasting in-bottle: Floral aromas of fresh roses with flavors of strawberries, rhubarb pie, and fresh black pepper on the finish. Also, fans of bubbles should keep their eyes peeled for our second vintage of Black Heart, our méthode traditionnelle Sparkling made with 100% Pinot noir. Coming soon!
DH: Do you have a favorite wine quote, fact, or joke? (Mine is, Q: “Do you want some wine?” A: “You bet shiraz I do!”)
Remy: “Champagne should be cold, dry and free.”
DH: What’s a question you never get asked but would love to answer?
Remy: That’s too hard of a question!
Pride 2020 – the Valley was there for it!
Pride 2020 at Remy Wines – where Pride events will be focused in 2021
Checking out Remy Wines in the Dundee Hills is a must during Pride month or any month!