Do you love a fine wine? Craft beer? Sipping bourbon? So do we. Join us for our Fork + Bottle dinner series where we highlight our favorite guest brewers, distillers and winemakers with special pairings for tasting menus prepared by executive chef Mike Wajda. In July, we’re welcoming Stoller Family Estate Vineyard for a four-course dinner with wine pairings. The evening will kick off with a reception and passed canapés, followed by dinner with wine pairings led by special guest Melissa Burr, Director of Winemaking at Stoller Family Estate.
This exclusive dinner is a unique opportunity to experience wines from one of Oregon’s most highly-regarded vineyards and wineries. Pioneering Oregonian and founder Bill Stoller purchased his family’s second-generation farm in 1993, guided by the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for his family’s land. Over the last 20+ years, he has transformed the 373-acre property into the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills, and established his vineyard as a premier source of high-quality fruit.
Winemaker, Melissa Burr, works in concert with vineyard manager Jason Tosch to oversee the site’s continued refinement. Together, they steward Bill Stoller’s legacy by growing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Stoller Family Estate is the first LEED® Gold certified winery in the world.
“I strive to make wine that exemplifies the uniqueness of the vineyard and reflect the vintage with balance and elegance. Our Pinot Noir characteristically expresses a combination of red to darker fruits, spice, and fine-grain tannins. The volcanic soil, elevation, exposure, and weather of our Dundee Hills site all combine to create the perfect conditions for growing cool-climate wine grapes,” says Burr.
About Melissa Burr, Director of Winemaking
Melissa was raised in the Willamette Valley. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree, Melissa studied winemaking and fermentation science at OSU. She joined Stoller in 2003 after working as a harvest hand at several local wineries, as well as a production winemaker at Cooper Mountain for three harvests. Melissa enjoys the creative and natural process of winemaking and appreciates that Oregon’s wine industry is constantly evolving, pushing her to learn more about her craft.