Growing Rogue: Medford’s Porter Lombard makes wine unlike anyone

Porter Lombard’s laboratory is dim and cluttered, its shelves packed with mismatched bottles of purple and red fluid surrounded by knives, beakers, notebooks, plastic tubing and one giant wooden spoon. Even if you go to the smallest of the 150 Willamette Valley wineries open for tours Thanksgiving weekend, you’re unlikely see anything quite like this. And there’s no chance you’ll taste anything like what’s in the bottles stacked in Lombard’s musty “wine room.” This is wine you cannot buy; wine that, to the best of his knowledge, no one else has even tried making. He calls it Takelma noir, and it’s bottled biodiversity.

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