Some 12 years ago, I was searching for a more creative path after working for the U.S. Government on nuclear waste issues. After one harvest internhip at Holdredge Wines in Sonoma County, I was certain that I needed to ditch a perfectly good career for the winemaking siren. A few more stints in cellars of Napa and Sonoma (Marimar Torres, Cain) led to the first Perkins Harter wines: a four-vintage Zinfandel project in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma. Almost by happenstance, it turned out that I could handily inform my winemaking with my background in environmental modeling. Eventually, our love of the Côte des Blancs and Chablis led us on a journey to Oregon. Our second project is a dive into the new revival of crisp, lean Chardonnay in the most promising place in America to grow this versatile grape. All of our micro-production wines are handmade contributions to the legacies of the vineyards and grape growers with whom we work. We welcome all to join us on our journey.
He is as adept at stacking cases of wine while devising political strategies on conference calls as he is at pulling shots at the espresso machine - there is no Perkins Harter without Peter.
I met Pierre Toutain-Dorbec in Truchas, New Mexico in the summer of 2008 after driving past his gallery, and quickly glancing a photo of a rusty car. Since I had harbored a long-term fascination with the rust patina, I backed up my car and pulled into the gallery driveway to meet this other rust-loving artist. Together with our better halves, we became fast friends and spent the rest of the summer taking in art adventures in Southwest. Pierre is a Franco-American photographer, artist, author, and publisher whose work emphasizes a humanist perspective. His wife Claudia Toutain-Dorbec is also an accomplished photographer, artist, author, and publisher. Together, they currently run Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings in Oregon when not traveling, creating, or celebrating art. Please contact Pierre directly for prints of the rhythmic ferocity of the Oregon Coast.
A well-traveled and adventure-seeking canine with a discerning palate, this quick-decision maker is a integral part of the Perkins Harter team when not herding grapes, sipping martinis or napping.
Nationally known for his landscape, "nightscape," "phrasist" paintings, as well as his book illustrations, Randy is an amazing artist with a big heart who has also been dedicated to giving back to the art community. Randy's roots and heart are in Northern New Mexico and Central Colorado, but he has explored many corners of our contemporary world. In the Winter of 2015, Randy and his wife Evy McLean flew to California to visit me and to help me visualize and birth my first wine label. Evy is also a very talented painter and printmaker. Her work is inspired by the natural world - zooming in on the intricate details of small, curious forms, she enlarges the images to exponential sizes. I am blessed to know these loving, kind, and generous artists.