831 NE Avery Street, Newport, OR 97365 • Ph: 541-265-8571 • Fax: 541-265-3862
Current E-Edition

Top Stories Sports Community Entertainment&Arts Business Opinion Obituaries Photos Home 

Salt air whips final crush at Flying Dutchman Winery

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 5th, 2012

Now one of Oregon’s most-acclaimed winemakers, Flying Dutchman Winery founder Dick Cutler started his winery as a gimmick to promote his resort business, but the publicity stunt quickly catapulted him into a new career. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

While other producers curse the wind and rain, Oregon winemaker Richard Cutler claims that blustery fall weather is the cure for his complex, award-winning wines.

Last Friday, Cutler and a couple of loyal workers - daughter Debbie and an assistant winemaker, Dan High - put the squeeze to a batch of pinot grapes that had been soaking in their own juices for a month, a key step in the meticulous chain of events that has produced dozens of medals and put wind into the sails of the Flying Dutchman Winery. While the final crush of 2012 won’t be released for three years, the subtle perfection of its handpicked grapes from a Jacksonville vineyard suggests more awards are sure to follow.

“Everything about making wine is in the taste, and this year’s grapes were delicious,” said Cutler, an Iowa native and former mechanical contractor lured to Oregon 18 years ago to run a resort. “At every harvest you can have textbook readings of grape acids and sugars, but if the grapes don’t taste up to par, that’s exactly how the wine will end up.”

For the complete article see the 12-05-2012 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 12-05-2012 paper.

Share on Facebook

Select Page:



Shoppe Hide


Copyright 2017 News Media Corporation

News    Classifieds    Shoppe    Search    ContactUs    TalkBack    Subscribe    Information    E-Edition    Business Portal