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20 Dec 2011

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 103): Bernard Lacroute, WillaKenzie Estate

Debra catches up with Bernard Lacroute of WillaKenzie Estate, based in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. They discuss Bernard’s Burgundian roots, his former life working in the high-tech business in the United States, as well as what drew him into winemaking. Debra enquires about the origins of the winery’s very un-French name, WillaKenzie Estate, and Bernard gets dishes the dirt on, errr, dirt. As a former techy, Bernard tells Debra about the super cool technology they have integrated into the winery (like wireless drip irrigation), but reiterates the need to not go too far with technology in the winemaking business.

Finally, they discuss the region’s burgeoning Pinot Gris industry and the style which WillaKenzie Estate favours, concluding with Bernard’s take on whether New Zealand is competition for Oregon.

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