Philippe Girardet, Owner, Girardet Winery, Roseburg, Oregon
"If you are a perfectionist, the grape can drive you crazy."
"Grapes want to be wild, you know. Perfection is a nice goal but you have to get perspective. There is a point that you have to let go, let life take its course.
"I resigned my post as director of the universe."
A hen house on wheels parked in the 35 acre estate vineyard provides a hint that the Girardets use sustainable farming methods. While there are at least 14 different varietals in the vineyard, Philippe likes to brag about his Old Vine Baco Noir.