Accolades for Forgeron Cellars
Blogger Ben Simons Finds Forgeron, Walla Walla Steeped in History & Charm
"There is a romance to the image of the skilled artisan blacksmith wielding his hammer to create something that has utility. The name [Forgeron Cellars] was purposely chosen to call attention to the artisanal nature of the winemaking process."
"Forgeron is a great example of the way that Walla Walla has embraced its history. The name of the winery is taken from the French word for “blacksmith”, and is a reference to the fact that the winery is positioned on the site of a former blacksmith shop in Walla Walla. Before they built on the site, the owners found hundreds of horseshoes, which they buried in the foundation for good luck. There is a romance to the image of the skilled artisan blacksmith wielding his hammer to create something that has utility. The name was purposely chosen to call attention to the artisanal nature of the winemaking process.
"Marie-Eve Gilla is originally from Paris, and in talking with her it is clear that she is acutely aware of the importance of preserving history. She has the European perspective on history that differs so wildly from the view that most Americans possess. She told us that one of the things that she loves about Walla Walla is that they have done a good job of maintaining the heritage of the area. As a winemaker, you can gather that this perspective spreads to her craft. In her winemaker bio she is quoted as saying, “My wines have a sense of place. They reflect their terroir, which is a composite of the vine location and the grower dedication.” Anyone who spent a few minutes talking to Marie-Eve would be infused with the same passion for terroir and history that has long been a part of the French mindset."
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