brooks winery

meet janie brooks-heuck

MANAGING DIRECTOR, BROOKS WINERY

Brooks was founded in 1998 by my brother, Jimi Brooks, who passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 38 in 2004, leaving behind his eight year old son, Pascal. With harvest only a few weeks away, a group of Jimi’s peers got together and offered to harvest his grapes and make the wine for free that year. I was asked to help run the business. I knew nothing about wine, but within a very short time, I fell in love with the industry, the people, the passion, the ties to my brother, and thechallenge.

Brooks is Jimi’s living legacy. His commitment to biodynamic farming, gentle approach to winemaking, and excitement for the Willamette Valley live on through our wines. Jimi’s goals were to create food friendly Pinot Noirs and restore the reputation of Riesling, while achieving accessible price points so that his wines could be enjoyed every day. I am proud that we have stayed true to Jimi’s founding philosophies and have grown the brand successfully with a home in the Eola-Amity Hills. We are leaders in the social and environmental space as the only winery to be (all three) Demeter Certified for Biodynamics, a Member of 1% For The Planet and a Certified B Corporation. Within each bottle of Brooks is that thing that makes us love wine. The joy is finding it.

ridgecrest riesling | 2018

BROOKS WINERY

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Not all Riesling is sweet. Repeat, “Not all Riesling is sweet.”) This grape gets a bad rap but somms and wine industry vets are likely to claim Riesling as their fave. Why? Because well-made Riesling is some of the best white wine in the world and also one of the most food friendly. This beauty is everything we want in a white wine: crisp, refreshing, yet dynamic and full of flavor.

FLAVORS/AROMAS:

Aromas of nectarine, Meyer lemon, Granny Smith apple, and exotic jasmine suck you right into the glass. Dare you not to like it (wink).

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janus pinot noir | 2018

BROOKS WINERY

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Everything a classic Pinot Noir should be – aromatic, lively, and soulful. Often referred to as the “heartbreak grape”, Pinot is costly to grow and highly susceptible to all kinds of problems in the vineyard. 2017 was a hallmark vintage (aka a lucky one). Beautifully floral and herbaceous with deep layers of juicy red fruit and soft, dusty tannins.

FLAVORS/AROMAS:

Aromas of blackberry, black pepper, cherry and black currant. On the palate, a vibrant, tangy feel with fresh, crunchy red cherries.

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