Things We Resist ... A Blog
One of the first questions we get about Resistance Wine Company is – What are you resisting?
We’re glad you asked!
We want to make (and drink) amazingly good wine and not cringe about what is in it or how it is made. We resist winemaking practices that sacrifice quality in the name of quantity or profit margin. Look for more from us in the future about how our wine is – and isn’t – grown, made and packaged.
The Valleys of Oregon Wine: Willamette, Rogue, and more
There’s nothing flat about West Coast wine. California and Oregon wine country is characterized by mountains and valleys that keep our microclimates interesting. Napa Valley may be the USA’s most famous wine region and the Willamette Valley is Oregon’s… so far. Oregon is so much more than just Pinot Noir. Read on to discover what you should drink from where. Continue »
So Many Reasons to Drink Local Wine
The Rogue Valley produces truly premium wine, which should be reason enough to drink local. But if you need more reasons, noodle on these... Continue »
Best Ways to Drink with Friends During Quarantine
The COVID-19 pandemic has really, really bummed us all out. People’s health and wellness are at risk, businesses are closing, and there’s no real end in sight. Believe us—we Google it every day, and the stats are depressing. To make matters worse, proper social distancing means that we can’t even see our friends anymore. Or at least, not in normal ways. Which has made it really hard to share a drink with anyone. But there has to be a silver lining somewhere, right? There must be some workaround… So, without further ado, we present our top five ways to drink with friends during quarantine. Continue »
Chardonnay with Extra Butter, Please
Do you like your chardonnay like you like your popcorn – rich and buttery? That may be diacetyl you’re snuffling. Diacetyl is a compound that is naturally present in wines that undergo malolactic fermentation, which is commonly referred to as “ML” or “secondary fermentation.” In other words, after yeast turn grape juice sugars into alcohol (aka “primary fermentation”), a strain of bacteria turns malic acid in the wine into lactic acid. But what’s the difference between the two acids? Continue »
What Fuels Our Spirit of Resistance?
What Makes Oregon Wine So Good?
Why does any winemaker find themselves in Oregon? Sure, having a spouse with a connection to the area is one reason, but why else would a winemaker choose Oregon over the rest of the left coast? Continue »
How We Learned to Make Wine
Although Kirk and Kimberly Drake had spent time in Southern Oregon before, they found a new wine scene when they returned to the area in 2015. Many vineyards had been planted in the years since Kirk had moved away. Seasoned winemakers and viticulturists were moving to the area, elevating the quality of the wine. The potential of the region was clear. Continue »
Why We Moved to Southern Oregon
Most plans that involve wine come together quickly. Find a friend or ten. Meet up at a house or a restaurant or a bar where you can throw axes under the influence. Open a bottle or two. Chat. Laugh. Maybe involve some charcuterie on the side. But for some people, that just isn’t enough. Continue »
Resistance Wine Co. Origin Story
How does anybody end up in Washington, D.C. in 1995? With Marion Barry, the financial control board, and the requirement of moving in packs—it was a tough sell. Maybe they move for college and stay. Or perhaps they move for a job and stay. Some of them get elected—even if not by a majority of the popular vote… Continue »
What’s so special about Resistance Wine?
Resistance Wine costs more than big-box store wine because it is not industrially produced. That is, we do not take the shortcuts required to make enough wine to fill grocery store shelves across the country. We think this results in wine that tastes better, and we sure feel better about selling it. What shortcuts, you ask? Continue »