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Friday Tasting: Loop de Loop Wines with vintner/owner Julia Bailey Gulstine

  • Mom & Pop Wine Shop 6908 NE Sandy Blvd Portland (map)

Julia Bailey Gulstine started Loop de Loop wines in 2012 while working with Love and Squalor Wines at Goodfellow Family Cellars. Before that she was introduced to making wine by her grandmother. She was thrilled by the alchemy of it and loved spending time with her grandma doing various tasks a small farm requires. In her 20's she developed a passion for wine while working in some of Portlandโ€™s artisanal restaurants. This led to months spent traveling throughout wine regions in France and Italy. Upon returning from that trip she decided to work for a winery. She picked up the yellow pages (back when we still used phone books!) and she made it as far as Argyle Winery. After a couple of years there she joined Patty and Jim at Patricia Green Cellars, as their first employee.

Since then her life has been a "loopy" journey. She attained her sommelier certification and worked as a wine buyer...learning more and traveling to various wine regions once again. After returning to University to study for a MA in International Relations, she left the wine industry to work for NGOs in Palestine, Israel - with short stints in Sweden and Laos.

After five long years of living abroad she was homesick for the vineyards of Oregon. In 2011 she returned to work with, and learn from, her friend Matt Berson of Love & Squalor Wines. Then, she dove-in with an enormous leap of faith, and started making Loop de Loop Wines in 2012. Since then she's been tremendously lucky to have the support of her husband and friends throughout the process.

All wines are fermented with the wild yeasts. She works closely with her farming partners to promote a healthy flora. In some of the vineyards, she also assists with the viticulture work. Nearly all vineyards are dry farmed and are managed organically, or sustainably. First and foremost, these wines are made to be enjoyed with food.

Earlier Event: August 9
Friday Tasting: Spanish Wines
Later Event: August 19
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