I have to admit, prior to our meeting, waiting outside Jesse Skiles’ recently shuttered restaurant, Sauvage in Portland’s outskirts, I was a little unsure what to expect. Washington wines, made in Oregon in the back of a restaurant??? Not fifteen minutes later, both Weston and I knew we had come across something special. Jesse had a calm and quiet disposition about him; his wines did most of the talking. I guess that’s what I should’ve expected from a chef turned winemaker, who’s turning out some of the best Rhone style wines I’ve had the fortune to taste in the Pacific Northwest.
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