St. Josef’s white wines are priced between $10-$20 per bottle
Grown here and made here. Light, bubbly, fun and beautiful. Sparkling Lilli wines are environmentally packaged in a painted, reusable bottle with a special ‘crown cap’ to keep wasteful paper & foils to a minimum. Read why below
Lilli Sparkling – Chardonnay!
Made in the traditional charmat method; the same as Prosecco and German Sekt. The wine was fermented and aged in steel tanks and then naturally carbonated. It is light, crisp and dry. With light fruit and delightful bubbles that dance around your tongue.
Lilli Sparkling- Riesling!
The wine was fermented and aged in steel tanks and then naturally carbonated. With fresh floral notes, light fruit and semi-sweet sparkling finish.
Why the unique crown cap instead of the traditional style cork?
Nearly all champagne and sparkling wines from $5 to $500 are bottled and stored with crown caps. These specially designed caps are reinforced to provide a super-tight closure that protects the sparkle and keeps the wine fresh and light. Then right before the final days the crown caps are removed and replaced with extra packaging including a cork, foil, paper labels and metal wire. Our goal is to be environmentally sensitive and keep the extra packaging to a minimum. We’ve even printed the bottles so they can be reused- either for more sparkling wine or as a beautiful water bottle.
Founder’s Reserve White Wine
This blend of Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer & Chardonnay exhibits a lovely fragrance of apple & pear with crisp acid balance and dry, delicate finish. Grown on our Estate Vineyards this aromatic blend is a compliment to the soils, terrior and cool climate of the Willamette Valley. Aromatic white wines thrive here – as the long, not so hot summer lets the flavors of the grapes mature slowly and with particular finesse. Named for the ‘boss’ and matriarch of the family- it’s great on its own or with lighter dishes.
Pinot Gris – Oregon’s Answer to Chardonnay.
Pinot Gris (also called Pinot Grigio) has become the standard bearer of Oregon white wines. It is light, easy to drink and satisfying both on its own and with food. St Josef’s Pinot Gris is a beautiful blend of light fruit, with a subtle round finish a traditional Alsatian Style wine that offers a crisp, clean taste with a wonderful acid balance. Enjoy & you will taste why many white wine lovers are moving to Pinot Gris. The Willamette Valley has a climate suited for producing wonderful Pinot Gris– with long warm days in the summer combined with cool nights into the fall. St Josef’s Pinot Gris is made from a single block of our“Lilli’s,” vineyard.
To keep the essence of a classic, natural wine it was fermented and aged ‘oak free’ with a minimum of winemaker contact.
White Riesling – Don’t be surprised, one of the most popular white wines in Oregon.
White Riesling (also known as Johannesburg Riesling) is Germany’s most famous grape and it has a special tradition with us. Since Josef, the owner/winemaker, and family have many connections to the Rhine & Mosel valleys. St Josef’s Riesling is made in a semi-sweet style, and has a wonderful floral bouquet that stands up for itself. Excellent for sipping- it has long been ignored by people who think it is not a ‘serious’ wine. Enjoy with light dishes or by itself and discover why it is Oregon’s #1 selling varietal.
Chardonnay – “All Steel”- Light & Grassy, but don’t be fooled
Many people associate chardonnays exclusively with the big, oaky, buttery California style. Not here in Oregon. In the Willamette Valley, due to the cooler weather and ‘abundant water’ the Chardonnays are lighter, grassier and have a nice acid balance.
The fruit aromas tend to be lighter and towards grapefruit and honey texture.
This makes them an excellent accompiant to foods, particularly fish and fowl. Fermented & aged in steel to maintain the fresh flavors of the grape, not the wood barrels.
L’Esprit (Gewurztraminer) – Best grape varietal that you can’t pronounce.
Gewurztraminer is a German varietal that is renowned for its intense fruitfulness and spicy complexity. The grape is so tasty when ripening that our children are known to search out the rows when no one is looking to enjoy. St Josef’s L’Esprit (meaning Spirited- the name is used since it is much easier to pronounce) is made semi-sweet and slightly spritzy. Unlike many white wines it is full flavored and can be enjoyed both by itself and with a host of foods.
It has become particularly popular with Asian foods since not many wines can stand up to the overwhelming flavors.
Rosé – Wonderfully complex, great wine for those who like them dry.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes in the French method- the juice was run off at the crush, and kept out of contact with the skins producing a bright pink color. The juice was then treated as a white wine- fermented & aged in steel to keep the essence of the flavors. But don’t let the fun pink color fool you…ours is bone dry and maintains a grassy, light flavor with surprisingly complex fruit finish. Many people who enjoy hearty red wines would enjoy this varietal. It is excellent both on it’s own or with light food dishes.
We hope you enjoy this special release as much as we do – it has become a family favorite!
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