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Follow along as we post about our favorite recipes, share recordings of our latest webinars and team bios along with seasonal updates of what's happening in the vineyard!



Hospitality Team
April 13, 2020 | Hospitality Team

Meet the Team, Part One

Get to Know

Larry Stone

Founder & Master Sommelier

as we share the story of Lingua Franca and some of his exclusive insights into the world of wine.
"Since my early 20s, the Willamette Valley has been the only place outside of the Cote d'Or I believed would be capable of making truly refined, vibrant and complex Pinot Noir."
Three decades ago Larry tasted the very first vintage of Seven Springs-sourced Pinot Noir, made by David Adelsheim. That bottle cemented his belief that the Eola-Amity Hills, especially between Hopewell and Zena Road, had some of the finest sites in the Willamette Valley. Years later during his tenure at Evening Land,  he returned to the site that started it all. Looking across the road on that very hill, he saw what he believed was the New World equivalent of Grand Cru for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
"I didn't hesitate. I sold everything to plant Lingua Franca Estate."
Larry immediately knew that it was a golden opportunity to develop an extraordinary vineyard that he says will long outlast him in the hearts of wine drinkers around the world. Click here for the full story.
What is your current favorite everyday drinking wine, and why? My wife and I like to drink a mix of light, refreshing white, sparkling and rosé wines. Domaine de Triennes Rosé is very elegant and pretty with light fruit notes and Bisol Jeio Brut Prosecco is very dry, fresh and fine. Also, Lingua Franca L'Espoir Riesling, because it is dry and totally mouthwatering.  I can drink it on its own while cooking with my wife, Nancy, or have it with a lovely sautéed salmon or halibut. For reds, I am currently drinking Lingua Franca Pinot Noir most often. Occasionally we open a bottle of Sirita Napa Cabernet Franc that I made from 1997 to 2005, named in honor of my daughter, Siri.  For a fresher, more lifted version of the Cabernet family we enjoy Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. For more complex and medium bodied wines I choose Chianti Selvapiana or Fattoria di Bossi for the sheer pleasure of their firm, floral, irony flavor. Also, we often open Cotes du Rhone because they are quite versatile with everything from sausages to steak - for these look for St. Cosme or Guigal, or Gigondas from Brusset.   
What's the best advice you can offer to those looking to expand their palate using only their neighborhood wine shop? When buying wine in a store I find that a little trust is usually repaid.  Work with the staff, explain what you have enjoyed before and ask questions. Try regions and vintages you have not yet tasted, as it's the best way to expand your knowledge.

What are your most essential tools for enjoying wine at home? Besides my Cartailler-Deluc Model 92 corkscrew, it could only be my Riedel Sommelier Burgundy wine glass.
Tell us about a producer that you enjoy and would like to see more people drinking. Sohm & Kracher Grüner Veltliner from Austria is refreshing with a note of salinity, white pepper, and lemon zest. Made by one of the finest winemakers in the world and one of the world's best sommeliers, Aldo Sohm. His two most accessible types are the inexpensive and delicious "Lion", fermented and aged in stainless steel, and then the serious "Alte Reben" aged in stainless steel before being transferred to wooden casks of Slovenian oak.
Which wineries in the Willamette Valley should we also visit when planning a trip to Lingua Franca? There are many great wineries in the Willamette Valley, but try Cristom, Brooks, Walter Scott, Bergström, Beaux Frères, Brick House, Soter, Domaine Drouhin, Antica Terra, and Evening Land. Click here to view our availability and make a reservation. 
Finally, given the story of how you came to find this specific site, what about the future of the Lingua Franca Estate vineyard most excites you? The most exciting thing about the Lingua Franca Estate vineyard has been how it has evolved so quickly to become our finest source of fruit. While it started out strong, Lingua Franca Estate has appreciably gained depth and complexity each of the four consecutive vintages we have harvested from it. As we release the 2018 vintage, the quality of flavors and the intensity of the wine are astonishing. In fact, each block seems to gain more character and personality every year, so I am curious to see what they will do in the years to come.
Time Posted: Apr 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Sam Schmitt
April 10, 2020 | Sam Schmitt

Wine Webinar Wednesday

Roll out the Barrel - The Role of Wood in Wine Making

In this webinar episode, we discuss the how wine barrels are used in the wine making process, where barrel wood comes from, how American and European (French) oak differ, and how barrels are made.
Time Posted: Apr 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Sam Schmitt
April 6, 2020 | Sam Schmitt

Wine Webinar Wednesday

A Profound Sense of Place - Understanding the Concept of Terroir

In our first Wine Wednesday Webinar, we discuss the environmental factors that make up the concept of terroir and how they influence the personality of the grape and the wines you enjoy.
Time Posted: Apr 6, 2020 at 7:03 PM
Joe Ferris, Cellar Master
February 25, 2019 | Joe Ferris, Cellar Master

2017 is in bottle!

Prior to bottling, our production team was busy getting everything in place to ensure the wine's long term success! It is always an anxious time for our team, as we all want to see the wines we have been laboring over, put safely into bottle. We just have to remember to keep working with the same intense focus and precision in order to shepherd the wines over the finish line. 

Overall, bottling went pretty smoothly this year! There was a last minute scare when a portion of the bottles arrived only a couple of days before we were scheduled to start; however, thanks to the extreme organization of Thomas (Winemaker) and Kim (Assistant Winemaker), we were able to stick to our original bottling timeline.  Josh, with Casteel Custom Bottling, was amazing! He helped our team with every aspect of the process...which was not easy considering the amount of various bottles, corks, capsules, etc. that there were.  It took our crew a day or two to get in sync, but they quickly learned and ended up working faster than expected, finishing early on several days!  

Bottling is all about repetition, problem solving on the fly, and having the discipline to accomplish our goal in the time frame given.  There are always going to be moments of panic and doubt when looking at the sheer size of the task, but as our bottling guru, Josh, often reminded us “It’s just bottling.” 



Our team is thrilled to share these wines with the world. They will be available to our Club Members on February 26th and the rest of the world on April 1st. 

If you are not a club member and would like to join to gain early access to these wines and access to special bottlings, click on the button below to learn more about the benefits of membership.



Time Posted: Feb 25, 2019 at 10:23 AM
Lingua Franca
February 4, 2019 | Lingua Franca

Welcome to our Journal!

It is a New Year and as the sun's warm rays attempt to cut through the chill of winter, we are thrilled to introduce you to the fresh new face of linguafranca.wine! 

With the cosmetic changes comes an abundance of wonderful new features as well, such as, a clean and organized layout of our Wines to make for easy navigation and shopping, a Calendar of Events that we are hosting locally and throughout the country, new Member Portals for our Wine Club, and our Lingua Franca Journal! It is the best way to stay up to date with all of the behind the scenes action happening in and around the winery.

This is just the beginning and we are so excited to show you what else we have up our sleeves for 2019. Be sure to follow us here as well as on Facebook and Instagram to guarantee that you don't miss a beat!

Until then. 

All our best, 

The Lingua Franca Team

Time Posted: Feb 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM
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