Episode 737 Cynthia Chaplin interviews Remy Drabkin in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
About today’s guest:
Remy Drabkin knew she wanted to be a winemaker at 8 years old. By 14 she was working her first grape harvest and by 17, with three harvests under her belt, she was studying winemaking abroad. Remy’s Old World Style philosophy developed under the guidance of Oregon wine industry pioneers and was informed by the Italian families around which she was raised. Her eponymous Remy Wines and Three Wives Wines started in 2006, baR (pronounced R bar) opened in 2011 and in 2017 she opened her second location at the family’s vineyard in the Dundee Hills. In 2020, Remy launched a new series of wines dedicated to iconic wines from around the world – she calls these her playing card series. In addition to being the Winemaker and General Manager of the winery, Remy is in her 10th year of public service. Currently dually elected to the McMinnville City Council and serving as it’s President she also chairs the McMinnville Affordable Housing Commission and is the liaison to the newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. She was recently appointed by the Governor as a Director on the Oregon Wine Board where she serves on the Education Committee. In 2020 Remy co-founded Wine Country Pride, bringing Pride celebrations to rural Oregon and creating scholarships and learning opportunities for her community at large. Remy continually invests in building a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
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About today’s Host:
Cynthia Chaplin is a Vinitaly International Academy certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with Fondazione Italiana Sommelier, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, Cynthia moved to Europe in 1990 where she has lived in Spain, Belgium, England and Italy. She chose to center her career in Rome and immerse herself in the Italian wine sector, which is her passion. She has taught university students and expats, works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, translator, and a judge at international wine and sake competitions. She consults with restaurants and enotecas assisting in the development of comprehensive wine lists and excellent food pairings, as well as advising private clients who want to develop a comprehensive Italian wine collection. She lives with her British photographer husband on the shore of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome, where they share their beautiful garden with one massive grapevine, two border collies and an arrogant diva cat.
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