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Sommelier Larry Stone to Produce Oregon Wine Master Sommelier Larry Stone will be releasing his first Willamette Valley wines in 2015 from the 2013 vintage under the “Lingua Franca” label. The name means “honest tongue.” Stone acquired a vineyard site in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA planted mainly to Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay. It is adjacent Domaine Serene’s Jerusalem Hill Vineyard, Argyle Winery’s Lone Star Vineyard and Domaine Drouhin’s Roserock Vineyard.
The first vintage of Lingua Franca Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, 2015, was produced at Coehlo Winery using purchased grapes, with estate grown bottlings from its 66-acre vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills following in 2016.
Stone previously managed Evening Land Vineyards in Oregon after leaving the restaurant business in 2006 (he had been a sommelier at Four Seasons, Charlie Trotter's and Rubicon restaurants). He was the ninth Master Sommelier in the US and was the first American to win the prestigious Best International Sommelier in French Wines competition in Paris. He told The Drinks Business that he sold his personal wine collection to help fund the purchase of the estate vineyard and establish the winery.
A winery was constructed and completed in 2016 in collaboration with consultant Dominique Lafon, winemaker Thomas Savre and Larry Stone.
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