written by Carrie Wynkoop of Cellar 503


Jonathan Oberlander, winemaker and founder of J. Scott Cellars in Eugene, loves experimenting, dabbling and playing with new varietals and unusual blends. As he told the Register-Guard in 2013, “I have a buddy who has only made pinot noir and chardonnay. To me, that’s like painting in the colors red and blue only. You have this entire palette­—why limit yourself? I go for it.” And he does. J. Scott features twenty-two different wines.

Which one is his favorite? Don’t ask—he’ll tell you it’s like picking your favorite child. They’re all great! (And sure enough, here at Cellar 503 we’re featuring his wines twice this year.)

J. Scott Cellars is part of the burgeoning urban winery scene in Eugene, with a facility in an industrial park on the outskirts of town. The brick-and-mortar location is a nice step in J. Scott’s evolution.

Without a personal fortune to sink into wine, he’s bootstrapped his way up, starting with a production of just 100 cases—now closing in on 2,000.

We are excited to feature this wine in our March selection highlighting urban wineries outside of Portland.

Join the 1859 Wine Club to explore more Oregon wines at 1859magazine.com/wineclub

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