Illahe Capitol Fizz Pink Oregon Non-Vintage
Capitol Fizz is Illahe Vineyard’s shout out to Salem- Oregon’s Art Deco state capital known for a slower pace and lively community spirit. According to the winemaking team, Brad and Bethany Ford, this unfussy and down-to-earth bubbly is a dry blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner, and tinted pink with a dollop of Pinot Noir. This wine is easy to enjoy, with a 2019 base vintage and a touch of 2018 to add some interesting complexity. Aromas and flavors of strawberries, peaches, and pomegranates it has a refreshing, bright acidity that carries those fruits through to the finish line.
ILLAHE, pronounced Ill-Uh-Hee, is a local Chinook word meaning "earth" or "place" or "soil". The winery was founded by Lowell Ford just outside of Dallas, OR in 2001. His family had been making wine in the valley since the 1890s and Lowell planted his first grapes in 1983 on his wife's family farm in Salem. His son, Brad, followed him into the trade in 2004 and took over production a few years later. They currently have around 60 acres under vine that include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Viognier, and some esoteric Italian varieties like Teroldego, Lagrein, and Schioppettino. Their viticultural practices are sustainable and the winery is LIVE-certified. Illahe is part of the Deep Roots Coalition which is committed to dry-farming and responsible water practices, and is a Salmon Safe certified vineyard.