Eugenia Keegan comes by her love of wine genuinely.
A fifth generation Sonoman, from the Russian River Valley, her love of pinot noir seems a natural, beginning with time spent at legendary pinot pioneer Joseph Swan Winery. Her professional life has taken her to Burgundy, Roussillon, Napa, and Sonoma, to name a few stops. She has worked on all sides of the business, including a decade-long run operating Keegan Cellars producing small lots of highly acclaimed Russian River Valley pinot noir and chardonnay.
We caught up with Keegan, now the VP of Jackson Family Wines Oregon, to chat about the wines and the people of the region. Outside of the JFW sphere, her reach in the winegrowing community as a member of several wine industry boards, speaker at wine events, and mentorships are formidable. It's from this vantage that she speaks about JFW's Oregon properties: Penner-Ash, WillaKenzie, Zena Crown, and Gran Moraine, giving us a look at the direction Oregon as a whole is headed. Keegan shares her opinions on many topics, including why Oregon and the Willamette Valley are unique and, in the end, should only be measured against themselves. It's a short conversation but packed with information. A selection of tasting notes can be seen below.
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