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Experienced Winemaker Brian Denner Joins DANCIN Vineyards


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Brian DennerMedford, Ore. – June 17, 2014. DANCIN Vineyards (www.dancinvineyards.com), an ultra-premium producer of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Port in Southern Oregon, announces the appointment of Brian Denner as winemaker. He will take over all winemaking activities on August 15.

“Brian’s approach to viticulture and winemaking is consistent with our philosophy of creating an honest expression of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in the south part of the state,” said DANCIN owner Dan Marca.
“Here, unique vineyard sites and precise viticulture practices let clusters ripen slowly, allowing flavors and subtle nuances to develop.”

Construction is underway at DANCIN on a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, scheduled for completion in time for this year’s harvest. Marca welcomes inquiries for custom crush services for a limited group of select clients who share the winery’s desire to craft the highest-quality wines.

About Brian Denner

Brian Denner has been making premium wine professionally for 17 years. After his first harvest in 1997, he earned his degree in Enology from California State Univeristy/Fresno. He worked as cellarmaster at Williams Selyem Winery, a premier producer of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in Healdsburg, Calif., from 2000-2003, developing a passion for these two very special varietals.

In 2003, Denner moved to Casablanca, Chile, to work as assistant winemaker for Kingston Family Vineyards. He then worked as winemaker at Denner Vineyards in Paso Robles, Calif., from 2004-2009, crafting more than a dozen 90-plus scoring wines from Wine Spectator, one of which earned the 11th spot on the magazine’s Top 100 wines of 2011. In 2010, he moved to the Rogue Valley where he worked with DANCIN Vineyards on its first vintage.

About DANCIN Vineyards

Cradled within the forested foothills of Southern Oregon just above the Gold Rush-inspired community of Jacksonville, DANCIN Vineyards is just minutes from Medford and Ashland. It is near the site where pioneer Peter Britt planted his first vineyard nearly 150 years ago – featuring a medley of varieties including what was likely to be the first planting of Franc Pinot in Oregon, known today as Pinot noir.

Situated in the vineyard, DANCIN’s tasting room is the perfect setting to drink in the views of the Table Rocks, Mount McLoughlin and the Rogue Valley, while savoring a selection of fine wines, artisan wood-fired pizza and much more.  Open hours are Thursday-Sunday, 12 noon to 8 p.m.

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