You'll see this face just about everywhere you turn at #i4C18 as @ThomasBachelder will be representing not just his own two projects - @bachelder_wines Oregon and Bachelder Niagara - but also two consulting projects - @queylus from #Niagara and #RST from #Chile.
#BachelderOregon wines are made at rented cellars at the Carlton Winemakers Studio in, well, Carlton, Oregon, and at 12th and Maple in Dundee. Working with fruit from both the Sandstone and Volcanic (Basaltic) strata that predominate in Oregon, Bachelder is able to capture the fruit and coax perfume and elegance out of the famously-concentrated Oregon Pinot Noir, and find the stunning savoury minerality of #OregonChardonnay in all of its lacey purity.
The #Bachelder project has been lucky to source mostly #organic fruit from great sources like Lemelson (#YamhillCarlton AVA) and Johan Vineyards, as well as Seven Springs and Jesse James Vineyard (#EolaHills AVA). Other great vineyards include Durant in Dundee.
About Thomas: With their two young daughters in tow, Thomas and his wife Mary Monica Delaney have unwittingly become #winegypsies, following their passion to produce #terroir-revealing wines from these two most noble #Burgundian grapes.
#Québécois by birth, Thomas’ family hails from the dairy farming belt east of Montréal (l’Éstrie), where the Bachelder family owned two farms for as long as anyone can remember.
Just three years after his marriage, he went off with his young bride to study in Beaune, #Bourgogne, to become a vigneron. Domaine de la Créa (Beaune); Domaine Marius Delarche (Pernand/Aloxe); Ponzi Vineyards (Oregon); Château Génot-Boulanger (Meursault) all formed him. Subsequent start-ups in Oregon at Lemelson Vineyards and in Niagara at both the Burgundy/Niagara joint-venture #LeClosJordanne and, later at Domaine Queylus, all enabled him to discover and honour precious new world terroirs, just as vital, just as fragile and just as important.
You can have the treat of meeting Thomas at #i4C18.