Voted Best Emerging Winery in 2011 by Seattle Magazine, Maison Bleue is now a don’t-miss venue on any Walla Walla tasting trip. Winemaker Jon Meuret left dentistry behind when he moved from Kansas City to Walla Walla in 2006 to pursue his passion for winemaking. With his French family roots, excellent palate and years of education in the sciences, he opened Maison Bleue in 2007 with the goal of making WA Rhone wines in an old world style. He strives to express terroir with his wines, and so produces mostly vineyard designated wines, especially with syrah and grenache varietals.
One of Jon’s favorite wines is white Burgundy, and he was first attracted to Northwest wines because of Oregon Pinot Noir. So his latest winemaking venture -- Domaine J. Meuret -- focuses on Burgundian style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Released for the first time this year, the Domaine J. Meuret label offers two vineyard designated Chardonnay wines and one Pinot Noir, all from the Columbia Gorge AVA. Most recently, Jon became a consultant for Willamette Valley Vineyards’ Pambrun Vineyard, a position that will enable him to oversee the making of high-end Bordeaux style wines. Listen to this interview to learn how a WA winemaker employs an old world winemaking style to produce award-winning wines.
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