The Eyrie Vineyards was the first winemaker to grow Pinot Noir in Oregon's Willamette Valley, where the temperatures, rainfall and day-lengths offer the grape its best home outside of Burgundy. In 1979, Eyrie placed in the top 10 at the Olympiades des Vins in Paris. A "challenge" tasting was restaged in Beaune in 1980 and, to the world's disbelief, Eyrie's 1975 South Block Reserve come in only 2/10ths of a point below the winner, the Chambolle-Musigny from Joseph Drouhin.
The Eyrie Vineyards is one of the winemakers whose tireless and creative work has led the United States among the top wine producers in the world.
That historic 1975 vintage now lives forever in the beautiful folding knife created by William Henry Studio, the renowned creator of jewelry and luxury accessories for men. The craftsmen and artists of the Oregon based company used the grapevine wood of the original Eyrie vineyard for the inlay of a limited edition of their beautiful `Monarch' folding knife.
The hand forged frame in Mokume Gane with blazing red topaz, and the blade in wave damascus complete this memorable piece of functional jewelry and make it possible for passionate wine lovers to own a fundamental piece of the winemaking history of America.
The rarity of this grapevine wood and its complex usability yielded a limited edition of 25 pieces only, and is available exclusively at William Henry Studio's hometown jeweler Timmreck and McNicol in McMinnville, Oregon.
Sold with a bottle of The Eyrie Vineyards Original Vine - Reserve 2009, the Monarch TMJ will be presented at Timmreck & McNicol on Thursday July 28th from 4 to 6.
The event will include a wine tasting of The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, and is organized within the 2011 International Pinot Noir Celebration which sees the participation of over 800 wine professionals, journalists and Pinot noir enthusiasts from all over the world.
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