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Mysterious makers of cheaper wine

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High Five
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Four vintners make up Guild Winemakers, a group that produces affordable wine from high-quality excess fruit and finished wine from local wineries.

The secretive guild aims to bring affordable local wine to Portlanders.

Among the guild's partners are John Grochau, whose Grochau Cellars will be familiar to many readers, as well as Anne Hubatch and Vincent Fritzsche, two seasoned winemakers who debuted their own labels -- Helioterra Wines and Vincent Wine Company -- just a couple of weeks ago.

A fourth winemaking partner, who works full time for a Willamette Valley winery and participates in guild activities during his off hours, declined to be identified for this article, citing his allegiance to his employer.

It's all part of the delicious mystery surrounding the guild, which doesn't disclose its vineyard sources. Its spare label, a medieval woodblock depicting a winemaking guild at work, simply states either "red" or "white" and a lot number. That's it.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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