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Friday Tasting: Growers' Cooperatives

  • Mom & Pop Wine Shop 6908 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR, 97213 United States (map)

In honor of Labor Day on Monday, we will put the spotlight on a few wineries whose ownership is comprised by those who do the labor themselves--the grape growers. There are many reasons growers' cooperatives emerge-- vineyard parcels too small to make a commercially viable amount of wine, commitment to quality-oriented practices in the vineyards like organics (especially during earlier decades when this was not the norm), the desire for local decision making control, and in some cases, dedicating profits to social justice and locally-significant initiatives. And not insignificantly, as Mom & Pop can attest, generating start-up capital for small businesses is nearly impossible within the confines of traditional banking systems, so partnerships between members who directly contribute capital and labor to the venture can help to get a project off the ground even when the outside money doesn't think the ideas are worthwhile or are too risky! As usual, $5 four wines and snacks; this week two whites & two reds.

Later Event: September 7
Friday Tasting: Gamay