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Mitchell Wine Group Showcases Rosé on KGW

July 31, 2019

Merritt Olson, our Director is Sales, was on Portland’s KGW this week talking about some of our rosé.

Cristom Vineyards joins the Mitchell Wine Group in Oregon

July 22, 2019

Effective August 1, legendary Oregon winery Cristom Vineyards will join Mitchell Wine Group’s portfolio of fine wine. The Mitchell team is thrilled about the addition of this prestigious winery to their portfolio. General Manager, Edwin Martinis says “we import wines from all over the world but the heart of our business revolves around our local producers. We have always admired Cristom for their iconic wines and commitment to excellence. We couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the Mitchell Family.”

“It’s with tremendous excitement that I announce the appointment of Mitchell Wine Group as Cristom’s new exclusive distributor in Oregon. Cristom is a seamless fit for Mitchell’s fine wine portfolio. As an independently owned operation Mitchell values local companies, family values and provides an enriching culture for their employees. As a small family owned and run Oregon winery that means a lot to us.” says Randy Ford Vice President of Sales at Cristom Vineyards.

The Mitchell Wine Group was founded in 2004 by David Brown with the mission to be the best independent wholesaler of fine wine in the state of Oregon.  Based in SE Portland and led by General Manager, Edwin Martinis, the distributor has seen significant growth over the last decade.

“Cristom Vineyards was founded in 1992 with a goal of growing world-class Pinot Noir. 27 years later, second-generation winegrower and owner Tom Gerrie leads tenured winemakers Steve Doerner & Daniel Estrin (formally of Littorai) and our vineyard team in tending to Cristom’s estate biodynamic vineyards and producing wines of elegance and structure. Cristom’s dynamic wines are recognizable by their hallmark style of whole-cluster fermentation by native yeasts with no filtration, gravity flow and old-school egg white fining. Simply put, minimal intervention old-world winemaking style.”

Cristom’s wines are sold in 49 states and more than 30 international markets around the world. Their flagship wine, the value-driven Mt. Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir, was recognized in 2018 as the #1 Pinot Noir on America’s best wine lists by the Wine & Spirits Magazine Annual Restaurant Poll and “The Most Exciting Wines of 2018” by Decanter Magazine. Even as a small Oregon winery, Cristom Vineyards was ranked the 10th most popular brand overall by Wine & Spirits Magazine Annual Restaurant Poll in 2018.

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David Brown, Owner of Mitchell Wine Group, Develops Ambitious Vineyard in the Columbia River Gorge

May 23, 2019 | Portland Business Journal

After combing the Pacific Northwest, hitting up field engineers at his irrigation company for tips on land that might be available, kicking the dirt at countless sites but never quite finding what he wanted, a newspaper classified ad pointed David Brown to his promised land.

“It was in the Capital Press,” Brown recalled. “For sale by owner. 200 acres with water. The Dalles. Vineyard/orchard potential.’ Amazing.”

That was a year or so ago. Today, the parcel, in the spare, rugged hills south of The Dalles, is well on the way to becoming one of Oregon’s most ambitious vineyard developments. Several elements add up to make The Vineyard at 3 Mile unusual – its location, the grape varieties being planted there, and the business plan for putting the grapes to use. And then there’s the man behind it.

“Ambitious is certainly the word,” said Ben DiCristina, winemaker at Evening Land Vineyards in the Willamette Valley and a consultant on the project. “That’s David. He’s a visionary and he’s interested in setting up something that will endure and will be seen as innovative for years to come.”

David Brown sitting on the arm of a couch with two wine bottles on the table
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