How does anybody end up in Washington, D.C. in 1995? With Marion Barry, the financial control board, and the requirement of moving in packs—it was a tough sell. Maybe they move for college and stay. Or perhaps they move for a job and stay. Some of them get elected—even if not by a majority of […]
One of the first questions we get about Resistance Wine Company is – What are you resisting?
We’re glad you asked!
We want to make (and drink) amazingly good wine and not cringe about what is in it or how it is made. We resist winemaking practices that sacrifice quality in the name of quantity or profit margin. Look for more from us in the future about how our wine is – and isn’t – grown, made and packaged.
This month, we’re celebrating the rollout of our first two vintages in the Date Night stimulus Kit. The kit contains some of our favorite goods from local business such as Rogue Valley Roasting Co., Mix Bakeshop, Huizache Creamery, Jacklily Floral, Vintner’s Kitchen, Alchemy Restaurant, and Winchester Inn. Local goodies are incredible, and we like to […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has really, really bummed us all out. People’s health and wellness are at risk, businesses are closing, and there’s no real end in sight. Believe us—we Google it every day, and the stats are depressing. To make matters worse, proper social distancing means that we can’t even see our friends anymore. Or […]
Have you ever heard chardonnay described as “buttery”? Have you wondered why chardonnay tastes like that? The short answer is diacetyl. The long answer is…
(Missed Part 4? You can read all about the Oregon wine difference here.) After a move across the country, re-education in chemistry, learning winemaking best practices at UC Davis, and a trial-by-fire introduction to plumbing, Kimberly was ready to make wine again—this time on her own terms. And so, Resistance Wine Company arose.
Why does any winemaker find themselves in Oregon? Sure, having a spouse with a connection to the area is one reason, but why else would a winemaker choose Oregon over the rest of the left coast?
(Missed Part 2? You can read all about how Kirk and Kimberly settled on the Southern Oregon AVA here.) Although Kirk and Kimberly Drake had spent time in Southern Oregon before, they found a new wine scene when they returned to the area in 2015. Many vineyards had been planted in the years since Kirk […]
(Read about how Kirk and Kimberly decided to leave D.C. here.) Most plans that involve wine come together quickly. Find a friend or ten. Meet up at a house or a restaurant or a bar where you can throw axes under the influence. Open a bottle or two. Chat. Laugh. Maybe involve some charcuterie on […]
And why does it cost more than the wine at Trader Joe’s? Resistance Wine costs more than big-box store wine because it is not industrially produced. That is, we do not take the shortcuts required to make enough wine to fill grocery store shelves across the country. We think this results in wine that tastes […]
And why is Resistance Wine made there? The Rogue Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Southern Oregon, just north of California. It is bordered by the Siskiyou Mountains and the Cascade Range, both of which protect it from extreme weather. The first vineyard in the Rogue Valley was planted in 1968, but the […]