Art and Science
Dan Rinke is not unknown to us as he’s the winemaker at Johan Vineyards. Dan started studying winemaking after having seen all sides of the wine industry – restaurants, retailers and distributors. However, at a winemaker dinner, Michel Chapoutier convinced him to change his degree to viticulture and to focus on growing the best possible grapes. He started this project with his wife Kim in 2011 making Pinot Noir and Syrah from different parts of the Willamette. According to the back labels, Art is taken care of by Kim and Science by Dan – which sounds like a fair split. With his Pinot, Dan likes to use whole-cluster fermentation but will gauge it on a vintage by vintage basis. Other than that, winemaking is quite straightforward: no additions apart from a little sulphur dioxide after malolactic fermentation.