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Dauntless wine cø

A Northern Willamette Valley Winery

Northern Willamette Valley,
Located in Forest Grove

Dauntless Wine Cø.

April 10th, 2019

Dauntless wine co

forest grove, or

downtown tasting room

NORTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY

incorporated in 2014

Dauntless Wine Co is a brand to recognize with the motto, “Wine with a Mission”. We had the pleasure of heading out to this Northern Willamette Valley tasting room located in Forest Grove, to spend some time with Ben of Dauntless Wine Co. We got to see his upcoming, brand new tasting room! Dauntless is very much worth the trip out to Forest Grove! They are located within an area among many other fine wineries and would make a perfect day out of the city and into a great part of wine country. Click here for the address to the tasting room.

Dauntless celebrates every wine label with military history, derived from battles, campaigns, or technological breakthroughs that changed the world. They tell a story with every label and honor the past! Much of the photography chosen for their bottles is taken by military photographers on the front lines. That’s just wild to think about. You can view all of their wine collection here.

Our Experience

Heidi and I had the entire place to ourselves, since the tasting room at this time is still under construction. Dauntless was actually on the 1st episode of Season 2 of Wine crush Podcast, go here to listen!

Dauntless has a lot in store for their new tasting room, and we’re so thankful to have seen it while it was still under construction. People can expect to have a comprehensive experience with wine, food (but not a full kitchen), music, gatherings, plus many others which we cannot speak of at this time. Downtown Forest Grove is in touch for a treat! We got all the feels inside of this space, the textures of all the elements alone will have even a fly on the wall feeling welcomed.

the environment

Immediately upon walking in it feels like you are stepping back in time. The aged brick, high ceilings, and military memorabilia convey all the nostalgia of what would’ve been a proper locale for the WWII era. There should’ve been a swing band in the corner greeting us with amazing music of the past, and on that note – they have super old school turntables and speakers that still function! Perhaps that’s what will power the music at the opening party?
The reclaimed wood and bronzed bar top gives it a cool, warm feel that is inviting to sit, relax and definitely stay awhile. There are many more details to mention as they build this tasting room for you, which they plan to have an open house for on May 1st, 2019 during the farmers market, so keep updated on their social media and mailing list for announcements! click here for their website

the NEIGHBORHOOD

Just 25 miles west of Portland, is what used to be a small farm town – Forest Grove. Much of this historic downtown made of brick was developed in the late 1880’s. Enjoy the leisurely pace of the historic streets with their turn of the century architecture and stroll through the adjacent gardens and tree-shaded campus of Pacific University. If you’re going to make a day of it, carve out some time to explore the 40 specialty stores, antiques, coffee shops, restaurants, spas and galleries. The traditional village feel of downtown paves the way to fun and excitement.

Lambda Lion Group, Wine crush podcast, and Oregon wine wednesday features dauntless wine co

About the Winemaker

Ben Martin. What a fun guy! Heidi already has a relationship built with him, so this personally was my first time meeting him and I can say it felt like we had been friends already.

Ben served as an Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) crewman with the 7th Marine regiment out of 29 Palms, CA, who in 2003 participated in the invasion of Iraq with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. In 2004 and 2005 Ben deployed with the 31st MEU out of Okinawa, Japan.

On May 18th, 2017 Ben was awarded the Wine Studies “Emerging Leader” award for his efforts launching Dauntless Wine Company while attending the program at Chemeketa. His passion for wine, military history and the sharing of stories is mesmerizing and connects well with all who enter! It’s evident he enjoys to guide people through his wine to help those who want to understand the process and his wine way. Which makes him a perfect candidate for our Oregon Wine Wednesdays!

The Wines

OH, the wine 😍 We absolutely.love.his wine! The complexities of the reds and the passion for making a quality wine that is drinkable, complex and friendly is well shown. He loves to teach and let new wine drinkers explore the wine, feel comfortable and ask questions to embrace their own palates. That right there, is incredibly important bringing the pretentiousness put of wine! The Pinots are beautiful and complex, yet easy to enjoy. The Rosé Riveter is gorgeous color and just a great showing of Rosé. His labels are thoughtfully created that show the depictions of past wars and pays homage to what we fought for what we have today. 

Dauntless recently bottled and released their new: 2018 Riveter Rosé, 2017 Dreadnought Chardonnay,
2017 No Man's Land Wadenswil Pinot Noir, and 2017 Trenton Pinot Gris.

2015 PINOT GRIS | TRENTON

Tasting notes: Hand picked pinot gris grapes from the Willamette Valley. Filtered, fined, and aged in stainless steel to provide a crisp balance of fruit and floral notes. Click to learn more about its story.

2017 CHARDONNAY | DREADNOUGHT

Tasting notes: Hand picked chardonnay from Flume Family Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge. Lightly pressed juice fined with bentonite. Click to learn more.

2016 PINOT NOIR | HOWITZER

Tasting notes: Hand picked pinot noir grapes from Jesse Estate vineyard in the north Willamette Valley. A clonal blend Pommard and Wädenswil. Hard pressed for grape tannin, and heavy toasted with French oak for a savory-smoky profile

2016 PINOT NOIR WADENSWIL | NO MAN'S LAND

Tasting notes: Hand picked & sorted from the north valley. 100% Wädenswil pinot noir grapes from the Jesse Estate Vineyard. Cold-soaked for five days at 10°C, punched or pumped over daily. Aged on the lees with American medium+ convection toasted oak. Stirred regularly to provide a full flavor profile

2016 PINOT NOIR | TREBUCHET

Tasting notes: Hand picked pinot noir - 50/50 pommard & wadenswil clones. Cold soaked at 10°c for five days, punched daily. Free run pommard blended with 30% whole cluster wadenswil. Aged with French & American convection toasted oak. Stirred on the lees for stability & flavor profile. Click to learn more.

CHARITY PACK! PROCEEDS BENEFIT VETERAN CHARITY

Every quarter we highlight a Veteran charity that will receive $15, $30, or $60 respectively from the sale of each of these packs. We support Veteran charities that are directly impacting our communities and you can help with the purchase of one of these pre-made packs!

season 2 – episode 1

Wine Crush
Podcast

Listen to Dauntless Wine co on WCP, Heidi guides us through two diverse wine stories. The first centers on a veteran-owned and operated winery whose mission is to serve the veteran community through charitable contribution; and the second showcases and urban winery, located in SE Portland, whose philosophy is informed by the old-century winemakers of Europe… and Jazz!

Upcoming Events - Dauntless Wine Co

  • May 1st – First wednesday Farmers Market Open House in Forest Grove
  • More events on their website!
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