• Oregon Chardonnay Celebration 2018

    The Style Council –
    Fashioning Oregon Chardonnay

    Saturday, February 24, 2018
    at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon

The Style Council – Fashioning Oregon Chardonnay

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Six of Oregon’s most esteemed winemakers comprise our “Style Council”. Join them, and moderator Patrick Comiskey, senior correspondent at Wine & Spirits, as they explore winemaking techniques that best express Oregon Chardonnay. Each winemaker takes a slightly different approach, resulting in a range of styles. Whether picking date, whole cluster fermentation, indigenous yeast, lees stirring, barrel – or no barrel, each has a different take on what contributes the most to their Chardonnay. Taste and listen as each member of our Style Council discusses their vision and how it comes to fruition.

Exploration of Style

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a walk-around tasting of more than 50 Oregon Chardonnays from our 2018 Featured Wineries, making it one of the region’s largest varietal specific tastings. Sample the breadth and depth of Oregon Chardonnay, and enjoy light Chardonnay-friendly hors d’œuvres, all in the warm atmosphere of The Allison Inn & Spa.

Meet our
Patrick Comiskey

Wine & Spirits, Senior Correspondent

Patrick Comiskey is a senior correspondent for Wine & Spirits Magazine, where he serves as chief critic for the wines of the Pacific Northwest. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, and is a founding contributor to zesterdaily.com. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Decanter, The Hollywood Reporter, the Robb Report, and several other publications, and he is an instructor on the wine business at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, where he’s just completed a history of the American Rhône wine movement.


  • Josh Bergström

    Josh Bergström
    Bergström Wines

    Josh Bergström has been crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for 22 years.  He is owner, general manager and winemaker at his family’s eponymous winery Bergström Wines in Newberg, Oregon where he and his team farm 85 acres of Biodynamic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 5 different sub AVA’s of the Northern Willamette Valley. A native Oregonian, Josh studied business at the University of Oregon before going on to receive a postgraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology in Beaune, France where he met his wife Caroline, a native Burgundian, who was studying Wine and Spirits marketing at the famed Lycée Viticole de Beaune.  Together they roamed the Burgundian hillside villages, depleting communal stores of wine, bread, jambon persillé and almost made escargots an endangered species before returning to Oregon to co-direct their family winery.

  • Jason Lett

    Jason Lett
    The Eyrie Vineyards

    Jason Lett is the second-generation president, winemaker, vineyard manager, (and self-proclaimed curator) of The Eyrie Vineyards. As the son of vanguard producers David and Diana Lett, Jason has had almost 50 years of experience with Oregon vineyards and winemaking, and has worked in Europe and New Zealand as well. He combines hands-on experience with a background in research ecology. When he’s not making wine, Jason and his wife tend a small farm of their own with livestock, including goats, sheep, chickens, and three growing children.

  • Anna Matzinger

    Anna Matzinger
    Matzinger Davies Wine Company

    Anna Matzinger arrived in the Willamette Valley for the harvest of 1999 with several years of traveling winemaking experience, an excellent Kiwi partner, and hopes of making some of the world’s finest Pinot noir. She spent the next 14 years working to further develop the distinction, prestige, and renown of Archery Summit wines as winemaker and co-general manager.   

    In 2006, with that same Kiwi partner, now husband, father and Executive Winemaker at A to Z Wineworks & REXHILL, Matzinger Davies Wine Company began, with the intention of producing vibrant and authentic small lot AVA based Pinot noir and Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley and single site Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache from the Columbia River Gorge.  Anna now divides her time between Matzinger Davies, winemaking consulting, various boards and committees, and nurturing two growing children and an enthusiastic Labrador.  

  • John Paul

    John Paul

    John Paul, from Cameron Winery, came to wine from an academic background.  While serving as a research associate of Melvin Calvin at UC Berkeley John made a huge discovery: wine!  The vineyard that eventually emerged in Oregon, after stints in the Napa Valley and New Zealand, looks like a huge experiment (and in fact is!).  The array of  clones that he has assembled in the Clos Electrique Blanc section of the vineyard are one of his most notable and successful experiments.

  • Wynne Peterson-Nedry



    Wynne Peterson-Nedry is a second generation winemaker at CHEHALEM. She was just six-months old when her parents signed on the original property that would become Ridgecrest Vineyards, the original plantings on what is now the famed Ribbon Ridge AVA. 

    Wynne got her roots in the footsteps of her father, with a Chemistry degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2002, after which she went on to experience several careers in the outside world before admitting to the fact that her heart resided in the Oregon wine country. She graduated with a Masters’ degree from UC Davis’ Viticulture & Enology program in 2008 and went on to work vintages all over the world, including two in New Zealand, one in California, and a 6-month scholarship and internship in Burgundy, France. She officially joined the CHEHALEM family as assistant winemaker in June of 2009, and in early 2012 became CHEHALEM’s head winemaker.

  • Thomas Savre

    Thomas Savre
    Lingua Franca

    A native of France, Thomas Savre is among the most accomplished and energetic young winemakers in Oregon.  He joined Lingua Franca in May 2015 from his prior position at Evening Land, where he worked closely with Dominique Lafon to create Pinot noir and Chardonnay from Seven Springs Vineyard, directly adjacent to the LS Vineyard.

    Thomas worked in several prestigious estates in Burgundy including Domaine de la Romanée Conti (Vosne-Romanée), Domaine de Bellene (Nicolas Potel’s project in Beaune), Domaine Dujac (Morey Saint Denis), Maison Nicolas Potel (Nuits-Saint-Georges), and Domaine Chevrot (Cheilly-les-Maranges, Côte de Beaune).  

    At the Jules Guyot Institute, University of Burgundy, from 2008 through 2012, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Wine Science, and two Masters degrees, one in Viticulture Practices and the other in Enology and Winemaking.

    As the Winemaker at Lingua Franca, Thomas crafts elegant wines that speak to the place from which they come and which have earned early, yet significant, accolades.


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Seminar & Grand Tasting
Join us for The Style Council – Fashioning Oregon Chardonnay with Patrick Comiskey and our winemaker panelists. Afterwards, explore the diversity of Oregon Chardonnay styles while sampling over 50 wines from our 2018 Featured Wineries at our Grand Tasting.

Grand Tasting
Explore the diversity of Oregon Chardonnay styles while sampling over 50 wines from our 2018 Featured Wineries at our Grand Tasting.

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Stay at The Allison Inn & Spa

Enjoy an extended wine country experience. The Allison Inn & Spa offers a special rate of $290.00 plus tax per night for guests of the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration. Please contact the hotel directly by telephone at 503 – 554 – 2525 to make your reservations. This special rate is available only until Thursday, January 25, 2018.



The seventh annual Oregon Chardonnay Celebration takes place Saturday, February 24, 2018 at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon. The Celebration educates both industry members and consumers about the varietal in a non-competitive environment. The event begins with a seated topical seminar and tasting followed by the Grand Tasting, a walkaround sampling of over 40 Oregon producers, one of the region’s largest varietal-specific tastings. Attendees have a choice of participating in both the seminar and Grand Tasting or the Grand Tasting only.

Formerly known as The Oregon Chardonnay Symposium, the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration delves deep into what makes Oregon Chardonnay unique, each year focusing on different aspects of the varietal and its place in the state. Bringing together pioneers and the current generation of Oregon producers, the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration provides a lens through which we can view the past, present, and future of Oregon Chardonnay.


“Although each wine was an undeniably individual expression of the Chardonnay grape, they all shared a connective thread that was decidedly Oregonian: an intensity of fruit, coupled with a firm mineral thread.” ~ Lettie Teague, These Oregon Winemakers are Making Chardonnay Cool Again

November 4, 2016 The Wall Street Journal

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