I had the opportunity to taste today’s Wine Wednesday wine last summer at the Society of Wine Educators conference. It is a Rosé of Pinot Noir from Sokol Blosser, a fascinating winery from Oregon. I discovered this winery during the Oregon group tasting the day before the conference began. I knew nothing about it but apparently I am the only one. They are very forward thinking and are a registered B Corp, a fact that won them praise for me. This particular certification matters to me because, “B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems. Collectively, B Corps lead a growing global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Through the power of their collective voice, one day all companies will compete to be best for the worldTM, and society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity for all.” The phrases in quotes are from the B Corp website but I do strongly believe in their mission.
Some 12-13 other wineries worldwide hold this distinction, a very small percentage. The winery has its roots in the 1970s when it was founded by Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser. They planted their first vines in the Dundee hills in 1971. The second generation, Alison and Alex are now running the winery. Alex is the winemaker. The winery is certified organic since 2005. They are very thorough in terms of attention to sustainable practices and use labels printed on post-consumer waster recycled paper using vegetable-based inks. They also use no foil on their still wines and natural cork enclosures.
The Rosé was 100% dry with great aromas and flavors of strawberries and raspberries as well as floral notes and a hint of bramble. I had it without food but it would have been perfect with Salmon.