A few samples of recent recognition for our winemaker, Jay Somers, and our wines. Enjoy!


J. Christopher Named Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery!

Wine and Spirits Magazine has chosen J. Christopher as one of the 2016 Top 100 Wineries in the world!

"Jay Somers allows his spontaneous fermentations to continue as long as necessary, sometimes into the following spring. This may account for the family resemblance, texturally, in Somer's appellation wines: Lumiere (Eola- Amity Hills), Nuages (Chehalem Mountains), the Dundee Hills Cuvee, and, not least, the exceptionally well priced Willamette Valley bottling. Taken together they feel sublte and pure, with a clarity of fruit that reflect his harvest triage [...]." Read Full Article

Vinous' Josh Raynolds 2014 Reviews

"Appassionata Vineyard Estate 2014 - 94 pts -
Deep red. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cherry cola, spicecake and rose pastille, along with smoky mineral and vanilla overtones. Shows deeper dark fruit character on the palate, offering energetic, smoke-laced black raspberry and cola flavors enlivened by a spine of juicy acidity. Closes with repeating smokiness, finegrained tannins and outstanding, floral-tinged persistence."

"Abbey Ridge Vineyard 2014 - 92 pts - (25 percent new oak) Brilliant red. Powerful, spice-laced red berry and rose pastille scents are clemented by hints of smoky minerals and star anise. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sappy bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that deepen and become sweeter on the back half. Delivers a serious punch of red fruit flavor but comes off lithe and elegant, finishing with impressive persistence and sneaky, fine-grained tannins."

"Charlie's Vineyard 2014 - 93 pts -
(25 percent new oak) Vivid red. Ripe red berries, cherry cola, musky earth and potpourri on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth and sweet on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, offering sharply focused bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors and subtle hints of vanilla and spice-cake. A smoky nuance emerges with air and carries through an impressively long, gently tannic finish, which echoes the floral note."

"Lia's Vineyard 2014 - 92 pts - (25 percent new oak) Lurid red. Highly perfumed black raspberry, cherry cola and floral scents are complemented by hints of white pepper and cola, and a mineral element adds nerve and lift. Sappy, deeply concentrated but lively red fruit liqueur, mocha and floral pastille flavors are accented by a touch of allspice on the back half. Closes silky, sweet and very long, delivering impressive clarity and smooth tannins that fade slowly into the juicy fruit."

"Sandra Adele 2014 - 92 pts - Lurid red. High-pitched aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry pit, Asian spices and fresh flowers develop a zesty mineral quality in the glass. Gently sweet, penetrating and focused on the palate, offering vibrant red berry and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and put on weight with air. Smoke and spicecake notes appear on the clinging, smoke-tinged finish, which features even tannins and an echo of bitter cherry."

Our AVA Series Wines: Lumiere, Nuages, and Dundee Hills also scored over 90 pts! Read Full Article

James Suckling's 2014 Reviews

"Abbey Ridge Vineyard 2014 - 93 pts - Aromas of dried strawberries and toffee follow through to a medium to full body, fine and chewy tannins and a fresh and flavorful finish. Stylish and cool. Drink or hold

"Sandra Adele 2014 - 93 pts - Ripe strawberries with hints of spices and dried flowers on the nose. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a clean and racy finish. Very intense and focused. Drink or hold."

"Lia's Vineyard 2014 - 93 pts - Aromas of dried berries, chocolate, and walnut skin. Full body, tight tannins, and fresh acidity. This is a young wine that needs time to open but it's already exciting. Better in 2019."
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Wine Enthusiast Rates Our 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 91 pts

"To call it entry level does not do justice to the quality here-this would be reserve level at many wineries. A generous mix of blueberry and black cherry fruit rolls seamlessly through the fruit-driven core, annotated with barrel notes of cola, coffee and cream." (See page 83 of the June 2015 issue.)

Chuck Hill Recommends Our 2013 Cuvée Lunatique Chardonnay

"There are some wines that just grab you, and they move to the top of the rankings. Look for white peach and green apple, dusty mineral and citrus on the finish - great with seafood or other lighter meals." read article »

Wine Spectator's Matt Kramer Names Our Eola-Amity Hills "Lumière" 2012 a Top Wine of the Year

"The 2012 Pinot Noir called Lumière leaped out when I tasted it for its rich fruit allied with an unusual degree of flavor delineation and easily discerned mineral notes. I was surprised by its exquisiteness in a vintage that trades more in dramatic fruitiness." read article »

Wine Spectator's Matt Kramer Recommends J. Christopher

"So if you want to know whether you're dealing with a really good wineshop...see if they're offering some high-quality, small-production Oregon wine selling for less than the fancy dancers (try Westery, J. Christopher or Cowhorn, to name but three such star attractions)." read article »

Nittany Epicurean Reviews Our 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

"The wine showed a medium ruby color. Cherry, raspberry, loamy earth, oak and whiffs of eucalyptus and vanilla arrived on a compelling, earth-driven nose." read article »


On the Way from Germany to Portland, Winemaker Jay Somers Stops in Northern Virginia

A feature story by wine writer Christian Schiller. read article »


Jamie Goode reports on a visit to J. Christopher winery. read article »

Guitar Aficionado

Feature about how winemaker Jay Somers blends wine with music. read article »

Vine Stories

Video interview with winemaker Jay Somers. see video »