"Brianne Day makes a wide array of wines from the Willamette and Applegate Valleys in southern Oregon. Along with the usual pinot noirs and chardonnays, she also uses unexpected varieties and makes creative blends that are always a treat to try." - Eric Asimov
"The Best Wine Club for People Who Want the Super Juicy Stuff: Day Wines: A subscription to Day Wines will get you all the biodynamic, fruit-forward wines you can guzzle on your patio. ...Brianne Day, breaks the mold for the region." - Daniel Varghese
Fresh Critical Press in View From the Cellar
Noted wine critic John Gilman has just released the most recent issue of his highly acclaimed wine journal View From the Cellar, where eight of our current releases cleared at least 90 points, according to Gilman's notoriously discriminating palate. Needless to say we're pretty thrilled to be featured so glowingly in his article on Neo-Classical American wines. Access to the journal is subscription-based, but please refer to the individual item links below for each review.
- 2018 Vin de Days Blanc - 90 points
- 2016 Chardonnay Belle Pente Vineyard - 92+ points
- 2016 Pinot Noir Silvershot Vineyard - 92 points
- 2016 Pinot Noir 'Two Pretty Barrels' Cancilla Vineyard - 92 points
- 2016 Pinot Noir 'Broken Destemmer' Johan Vineyard - 93+ points
- 2016 Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard - 93 points
- 2016 'Hock & Deuce' Mae's Vineyard - 92 points
- 2016 'Running Bare' Mae's Vineyard - 92 points
"This astonishing wine does for Oregon Chardonnay what Cayuse has done for Oregon Syrah—utterly reinvented it. Thick with flavors of mashed pears, peaches and sweet lemons, it's big but still nuanced. Scents and streaks of flower pollen, lemon meringue, baking spices and more make this compelling wine both fascinating and challenging. Winemaker Brianne Day ferments with native yeast in one-third new puncheon and two-thirds neutral barrels. This is simply stunning."
95 Points PAUL GREGUTT, Wine Enthusiast
Recently, Brianne sat down with pioneering podcaster Lawrence Francis on his influential Interpreting Wine podcast to discuss her start in the wine industry, the growth and expansion of the brand, and what lies ahead. Listen here.
We're always proud to champion Oregon's esoteric varietals, and it's nice to see our efforts get recognized. The Manual's Mark Stock takes you through five outstanding examples of this classic varietal, featuring our own 2017 Day Wines Chenin Blanc Ribbon Ridge.
We are thrilled and honored to be included among some truly talented people making some of the world's best beverages in this year's list of Semi-finalists for the James Beard Foundation's Award of Excellence. The full list can be found here.
"Brianne Day admits to being “just a bit freaked out” when she realized she was committed to more than 20 tons of pinot noir showing signs of smoke impact. She honored her contracts anyway. 'One vineyard owner is a single mom like me, and the other is a retired nurse who does her own farming. I couldn’t back out on them,' Day said. 'Lemonade' was made by immediately separating the juice from the grape skins after a gentle pressing. 'The smoke is really held in the skins of the grapes, so I made it like I would a white wine,' Day said. The wine has a light blush of color to go along with aromas and flavors of strawberries, tart citrus, thyme and a touch of cherry Jolly Rancher candy. It is 12% alcohol by volume and packs an acid punch. It’s so quaffable, thoughts of smoke never crossed my mind." - Michael Alberty
“In Oregon’s Pinot Noir-worshiping Willamette Valley, Brianne Day has emerged as one of the leading interpreters of alternative grape varieties and wine styles, making everything from Primitivo pet-nat to Malbec-Tannat rosé. But she swears that Pinot Noir has been, and always will be, at the heart of her operation. ‘I’ve always wanted to make wines that are expressive of place, of Oregon,” she says. “And Pinot Noir is the ultimate conduit of place.’" - Esther Mobley
"Brianne Day of Day Wines, whose fine pinot noirs from the Willamette are nuanced, also buys grapes like tannat and cabernet franc from the Applegate Valley in the south of Oregon to make almost instinctive blends that are balanced and delicious." - Eric Asimov