A joint venture of Jay Somers and Ernst Loosen, the two met more than a decade ago and realised they shared a love of Pinot Noir, which Ernst has been making at J.L. Wolf since 1996 – the same year Jay established the J. Christopher brand. Their friendship led to a partnership, and in 2010 they built a winery and planted a vineyard in Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley, in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The winery specialises in Pinot Noir made using the traditional methods of Burgundy, including biodynamic practices in the vineyard. It’s also one of the few in Oregon to produce Sauvignon Blanc, modelled after the great wines of Sancerre. Jay’s wines are handcrafted in small batches and are sourced from some of the best vineyards in Oregon.