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Thursday, April 22 2021

Jackson Family Embraces Oregon

By: Anthony Gismondi
Eugenia Keegan talks about the growth of Oregon wines and JFW's commitment to the region.

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.  

More viewing: Eugenia Keegan - How important is the Steamboat Festival to Oregon's Winemaking Progress?  (1min 30 sec)

Learn More: 

Oregon Chardonnay Celebration

Oregon Wine Board - An excellent resource for planning your wine tour

Written By: ag
Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.