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Dan & Cindy were
once big fans
of big reds.


That is, until they discovered Pinot noir. It was love at first sip. They became enamored with the persona and personalities of Pinot noir, which offered an overall wine “experience” like none other!

Pinot noir is truly an amazing wine. It offers such a wide range of aromas and flavors. It’s silky and elegant…a sort of dance for the senses! A quality Pinot noir is like poetry in a bottle, and simply irresistible!

It all began once upon a time when Dan happened upon Cindy twice during the same weekend, because of an unexpected flood…an amazing story better told in the Tasting Room; two unique, diverse individuals…polar opposites really, an “A” type and “Z” type joining together, and so became the marriage of “DANCIN.” In 1996, they took their first viticulture class  at UC Davis and it was only a matter of time that Dan would desire the opportunity to get back to his roots…the roots of farming and tending the vineyards just like his grandparents and dad did in Italy, but it would take more than a decade to find the right site.

Fast forward to 2006 when Dan & Cindy discovered a beautiful 10 acre property on a gorgeous hillside near historic Jacksonville, Oregon. A year later, they made the purchase.

Shortly after acquiring the property, they contacted Randy Gold, the “go to guy” for viticulture expertise in the region. And after several sessions with Randy, the decision to plant a vineyard was made. (But little did they know that this would be phase one of five separate plantings in addition to an expansion onto a neighboring five acre parcel where the Tasting Room, Cave and Piazza would be built.)

In the meantime, the viticulture and enology classes at UC Davis and Oregon State University continued in earnest.The soil was tested, poison oak removed, but there was one very important question that needed an answer: What winegrape variety would harmonize best with their site

Randy had suggested Pinot noir, and while Dan was attending a class at UC Davis, he was encouraged by the instructor to talk to Glenn McGourty, the Viticulture and Plant Science Advisor for Mendocino County, which includes the Anderson Valley where world class Pinot noir is produced. The timing was perfect because Dan and Cindy were also enrolled in a class at the Oregon State University Extension Center the following week, which was located just a few miles from the DANCIN  site where Glenn just happened to be a presenter.

There would be many discussions between Dan, Cindy and Glenn beyond their initial meeting after class that day resulting in Glenn’s conclusion that Pinot noir was the clear choice! Glenn offered many compelling reasons, not the least of which was the similarities between the Anderson Valley and their site.

And so Randy’s suggestion was confirmed. The really interesting part of the story is that the instructor of that first viticulture class back in 1996 first attended by Dan and Cindy, was none other than…Glenn McGourty!

Sip Northwest Magazine Radio Interview

Posted June 22, 2017

Sip Northwest Radio Interview 2017 – Part I


Sip Northwest Radio Interview 2017 – Part II