The name “Memaloose” represents our terroir. It is the name of a sacred Indian island, that lies in the center (geographically) of our estate vineyards — two on the Oregon shore of the Columbia and three on the Washington side. “Memaloose” wines are made exclusively from Rhone Valley variety grapes. “Idiot’s Grace” is Brian McCormick’s label that was developed after “Memaloose” and is now our primary label: it is 90% certified organic. (The name came from the title of an inspiring 1980’s rock song and is also the name of Brian and Maria’s home farm in Mosier – producing grapes, cherries and pears, among other organic specialties).
These are “food wines”, and as such enjoy a strong following among the sommelier community. One of our distributors describes them as: “wines with the fruit of the “new world” with the freshness of the “old world”.