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Winery of the year 2018

purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


Winery of the year | 2018

big table farm

Brian Marcy & Clare Carver

Each December I have a chance to reflect on my experience with

thousands of wines during the year and the people who create them. A list

of the top 100, 50 or 20 would be possible but in the end what does it

really mean? I would spend a lot of time compiling a list where

determining the Number 1 wine is arbitrary at best and that is all anyone

cares about. There is enough of that already.

I choose one winery because my recognition needs to represent more than

just who made the top scoring wine (or the 15 th ), and it is much easier for

people to remember a single winery. I selected big table farm for a couple

reasons. First, it was time to recognize a producer in the Willamette

Valley, then there is also the concept of authenticity and quality going

hand in hand. Where there is one, usually also the other.

Big table farm is that, a farm with a big table as much as it is a winery.

Brian makes the wine and Clare tends to the animals and the garden as

well as designs the labels that are imaginative pen and ink renderings of

the cycle of life on the farm that barely hint at her skilled work in oil

painting. Combining two passions is obviously very much important to

what I do and for Brian and Clare it is no different. The devotion to

making wines of beautiful purity and finesse balanced with a reverence for

design, craft and art.

Studio 1529 spent a morning in October with Brian and Clare at their

home and winery shooting images. I hope that you enjoy the effort I

include here. Special thanks to my friend Ian Burrows for fetching gear,

managing the lights and crushing umbrellas. Reviews of the 2016 vintage

will appear in volume 7.3 shortly.

doug wilder | purely domestic wine report + studio 1529

purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018


About purely domestic wine report

Following a two-decade career purchasing and writing about wines for some of the most influential retailers

in the U.S., I launched purely domestic wine report in 2011 to fill a missing piece in the world of wine

opinion. No other publication covers the wines of California, Oregon and Washington exclusively. It issues

four reports annually and is available in digital and 1200 dpi art-catalog-quality print version. It is

independently owned, free of advertising and available by subscription. More information is available at

www.pdwr.co

About studio 1529

As the publication grew and evolved, there was a need to add high-quality imagery. In Fall 2018, studio

1529 was created to provide professional level imagery services embedded to purely domestic wine report,

and also other interested individuals and producers of wine. More information and a client portfolio may be

found at www.studio1529.com

Both are owned by Doug Wilder of San Francisco, and Sonoma Valley

purely domestic wine report | winery of the year 2018

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