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 internship 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. Eventually, a love of the Côte des Blancs and Chablis led to our second project in Oregon, which began as a dive into the new revival of crisp, lean Chardonnay. This journey has taken on new dimensions with the recent addition of our estate vineyard in the Eola Hills of Oregon, currently planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We look forward to the challenges of our coming vintages as we farm, produce and explore the wines from the place that we call home.
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.
He is as adept at stacking cases of wine while devising political and regulatory 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.
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.