No. PF - 01

Skin Contact

Wine (2020)

Skin Contact Wine (OR) With The Marigny (2020)

With The

Marigny (OR)


Mcminnville, OR

750 ML


Tastes like the time you stared at the summer sunset until your vision filled with multicolored spots and those spots tasted like pickled kumquat, salty starfruit, & cardamom pods

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    Willamette Valley
  • Producer

    The Marigny
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    PF - 01

Re–interpreting a rare grape

Written by Brent Braun, Illustration by Joe Schlaud

Andy Young started The Marigny in 2015 and he’s quickly built it into one of America’s most beloved natural wine brands. You’ve probably seen the wines around, whether you know it or not. But you might not have tasted them, because they disappear fast. It’s no surprise. The wines are made from sustainable farmed fruit, never manipulated in the cellar, and made in a drink now style that is meant to be refreshing and joyful. They are the type of wine that helped teach Americans that it’s pretty fun to chug natural wine in a park or by the pool, and it’s way better for you, and way more delicious than a White Claw.  

So when Andy reached out to us right before harvest, we jumped at the opportunity to work with him. Andy’s a good friend, and a fantastic winemaker. He had found a new vineyard source for sustainably farmed Pinot Gris (a grape he always needs more of) but the vineyard also had a few stray acres of the obscure Auxerrois grape. Often in a situation like this, a winemaker would make the Auxerrois into wine and blend it into whatever else they had. The Auxerrois would be lost forever in an anonymous white blend. A grape life unfulfilled. But instead, Andy called us. There was just one problem…

  • The Auxerrois grape is boring

  • There are scattered plantings of the grape throughout the Willamette Valley, but overall it’s pretty rare. Usually rare means cool, but in this case... blah. We’ve tasted many of the wines made from Willamette Valley Auxerrois and they never seem to have much to say. Just neutral white wine. Not even enough character to say ‘picnic wine’ or ‘pair with fish.’ The best you could say was that it has alcohol and can be drunk without spitting out. Pretty low bar. We’ve even tasted a ton of stuff from France, where the grape originates, and even those are honestly pretty boring. The coolest thing about Auxerrois is probably the spelling (An x! A double rr!) So ya, a throw away grape. A red delicious apple in a world of honey crisps. 

    What if the grapes’ true character, it’s potential for singularity, needed to be unlocked through a maceration of all it’s parts together? The juice, the stems, and the skin. Three become one. For the Auxerrois grape, maybe all along, skin was destiny. There was only one way to find out.

    Post Familiar Natural Wine “Having the courage  to take in unique  fruit & experiment  with it in the cellar is the key to uncovering the unexpected” - Andy Young

    “Having the courage to take in unique fruit & experiment with it in the cellar is the key to uncovering the unexpected”

    Andy Young
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