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Accolades for Forgeron Cellars

"There's Something About Marie-Eve" says AAA Writer Rob Bhatt

"One of her defining traits is an ability to tame Washington's robust grapes into wines of multi-dimensional character. 'It's a lot about patience & just being willing to listen and cater what we do to what the wine wants to be...' "

Rob Bhatt, AAA Journey, May/June 2012

There's Something about Marie-Eve: Forgeron's winemaker embraces Washington's diverse terroir

AAA's Journey Magazine: May/June 2012                                                                      By Rob Bhatt

"Marie-Eve Gilla, winemaker and part-owner of Walla Walla's Forgeron Cellars, fondly recalls surprising a few directors of the then-new winery by revealing a small batch of zinfandel after the team's first crush in 2001. Washington was still cabernet sauvignon, merlot and Chardonnay country back then, but positive reaction to the zin quickly allayed her business partners' concerns about straying from the norm.

"Even as she demonstrates consistent mastery over Washington's Big-3 varietals, the French-born Gilla embraces opportunities to do more. She is an early adapter of Washington-grown white grenache and petite sirah and created a second label, Blacksmith (Forgeron is French for "blacksmith"), for special limited releases, such as a pinot noir that quickly sold out last year. 

"One of her defining traits is an ability to tame Washington's robust grapes into wines of multi-dimensional character. 'It's a lot about patience and just being willing to listen and cater what we do to what the wine wants to be,' says the mother of two. 'They [the wines] are like little kids. They even talk back to us if we don't do it right.' "