The Wine Spectator Interview
Here’s a great interview of Chris Mazepink, General Manager and Winemaker at Archery Summit. He skyrocketed to this prestigious position via Benton Lane, Shea, and Lemelson wineries. His winemaking journey started at Oregon State University, where I had the pleasure of knowing him as a customer at Avalon Wine and as a friend.
In this interview he describes the differences between the Ribbon Ridge AVA (where he worked as winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars) and the Dundee Hills, whose fruit he uses as General Manager and Winemaker at Archery Summit.
For more about Chris, here’s an article I wrote about him last winter when he moved to Archery Summit. Good news since then – he is continuing to make his own Ebony wines, and he has purchased a super-prime piece of vineyard land between Domaine Drouhin and Eyrie Vineyards.
Below, Chris with one of his wooden fermenters, which he first used at Shea, where Sam Tannahill, now co-owner and winemaker at A to Z taught Chris when Sam was winemaker and Chris assistant winemaker. (Chris later became winemaker at Shea before moving on to Benton Lane.)
author: By Jean Yates