MEET THE WINEMAKER | James Cahill of Soter Vineyard's North Valley

Shake off the blizzard doldrums with a Pinot Noir as we welcome James Cahill, partner and winemaker for the prestigious North Valley of Soter Vineyards during this rare wine tasting event on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016.

Wine Tasting & Meet the Winemaker begins at 5 PM 

$35 per person all inclusive for Wine Tasting and Hors d'Oeuvres*

James Cahill

Partner & Winemaker for Soter's North Valley Vineyards

James Cahill left high school (in Connecticut) a year early to enter the prestigious Jazz Studies program at the North Texas State University.  After a couple years of study in Denton, he made a weekend trip down to Austin where it became painfully clear to him that he had been missing all the fun.  He packed his bags, moved to Austin, enrolled at the University of Texas and never looked back.   It was in Austin that James developed a passion for fine wine and while working at the Austin Wine Merchant (a Burgundy specialist) the owner and generous clientele introduced James to the greatest wines in the world:  Roumier, Claude Dugat, Dujac, Niellon and Raveneau were among the vinous epiphanies.  Over a period of years, he had the opportunity to travel around Europe visiting vineyards with several wine importers including Kermit Lynch and Robert Kacher. 

In fact, it was Bobby Kacher who arranged a harvest position for James at Beaux Freres.  The harvest job turned in to a full time position and owner/winemaker Mike Etzel became his mentor.   First as assistant winemaker and then Director of Operations, James enjoyed years of work in the cellar and vineyard.  This included the development and planting of the Upper Terraces.  He and his wife Marie lived at the Beaux Freres Vineyard for almost 5 years and their two sons, Ehren and Douglas Ryan, were born there.  In 2001 James was appointed Vineyard Manager and Co-winemaker at Elk Cove where he worked on the development of Mount Richmond Vineyard and transitioned some of the winery’s older vineyard sites to organic farming.

The opportunity to work with Tony and Michelle at Beacon Hill would prove irresistible and in 2002 James signed on as Associate Winemaker for Soter Vineyards.  He and Tony crafted lovely Pinot Noir and developed the Sparkling wine program at the Estate.  It is worth mentioning that James’ first interview with Tony was at the Mineral Springs address; the vineyard had not been planted but the site clearly had tremendous potential.  Along with the development of the Mineral Springs Ranch there were also ambitions to explore vineyards beyond the Estate.   These ambitions inspired the creation of the North Valley brand and partnership.

James is a veteran of 20 harvest seasons in Oregon.  He and North Valley partner Brian Sypher are very proud of the diversity and quality of the vineyard sites that they work with and are confident that their best work is ahead of them.

North Valley Wines

The Willamette Valley is Oregon's most recognized appellation for cool climate varietals, and it is in the Northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found - an epicenter referred to as the North Valley. From within this region of the rolling hillsides and diverse soils, the North Valley Vineyards Partners create three tiers of exceptional wines: "Classics," "Origins," and "Reserves."

*Pricing does not include dinner or room accommodations. The six-course dinner in The Smokehouse Restaurant at Antrim 1844 will be available this evening beginning at 7 PM (based on availability) for an additional $72 per person. A select number of rooms will also be made available for wine tasting guests beginning at $125 per person.