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TwoQuarts. Wine For The Common Good.

 

 

Two quarts a day was the daily beer ration allocated to commoners in the oldest known collection of codified laws, the Code of Hammurabi, around 1754 BCE. Greater rations were stipulated for priests and politicians, but the common person got something.  That is pretty remarkable. Sure it's probably because the staple was safer to drink than water.  But it says how much we valued fermented beverages even back in the day.


Wine in particular is imbibed to celebrate, quite literally, the fruits of our labor.  We toast champagne on birthdays or any glass we can get our hands on simply because it's Friday.  Wine brings us together, gets us talking, and the good ones express the place from which they come.  In wine speak this is called terroir, commonly known   as "more deliciousness here, please!".  TwoQuarts considers wine to be a basic part of our cultural heritage, something to which anyone curious enough should have access.  Our wines aren't found anywhere else. 


We work with inspired producers who are excited to share their small productions with the world.  We hope to create a conversation that starts in the vineyard and ends at your table.  Stick around.  We'll only sell you the best stuff we find, and we promise to tell all the good stories.

We are based in Portland, Oregon with offices in Spain.
 
 

   

 

About Vanessa

 

 

I am an '80s baby.  I was born in Portland, OR the year after Robert Parker proclaimed the '82 Bordeaux vintage superb.  Some time passed and I graduated with a degree in magazine journalism from the University of Oregon.  I wanted to take my pen and pad on the road since I assumed nothing of note had ever happened to me.  I went all in.  With a backpack and zero knowledge of Spanish, I landed in Madrid at 22.  I was lucky enough to spend most of my 20s living in Spain where I learned the language and got to know the culture through wine.  I studied winemaking at the Univesity of Salamanca and then went on to help found a startup export company.  My love of wine took me back stateside to the University of California-Davis where a took classes in the Enology & Viticulture department.  In my free time I choose to subject myself to the grueling Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma sequence, which I hope to complete in this lifetime.  Oh, and I drink wine, lots of wine.

   

 

How I got into wine

In high school, I lived abroad one summer in the Loire Valley with a French chef and his wife who was equally skillful in the kitchen.  In the mornings, I watched on TV as Lance Armstrong went head-to-head with Jan Ullrich in the Tour de France.  My host mother took me to town to see the cyclists whiz by. In the afternoons, I played soccer in the field next to the house with my 9-year-old host sister.  She was so grateful to have a sporting companion. I was grateful to have a patient grammarian by my side.
 
On my birthday, my host father invited me to a multi-course tasting menu at his restaurant.  I ate country paté for the first time which was both terrifying and exciting.  It smelled like a barnyard - a delicious rustic aroma.  My host mother was delighted and shocked that a young American girl so enjoyed their farm-to-table menu.  I had my first sips of wine at that Bastille Day dinner.  The menu (I still have it) says I drank Saumur blanc 95 Réserve des Vignerons,  Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil 97 Dme de la Rodaie, and Domaine de Montredon 98.  I'm sure it tasted pretty weird at the time. 

At home in the evenings we dined al fresco on rabbit or chicken and a grated carrot salad dressed with lemon, parsley and olive oil and a long, crunchy baguette.  One night when my host mother was collecting plates, she asked me if I was done eating and I replied, “Oui, j’ai fini.” My French family burst out laughing.  I was confused.  Julie moved to demonstrate her understanding.  She picked up her knife and dragged the dull side slowly across her neck, falling to the ground, flailing and quietly gasping, “J’ai fini! J’ai fini! J’aiii finiii” stretching the last syllable to the last breath of her fake death.  I was done eating, but I also said I died.  Oops.


It was a short stay, but I was hooked.  The memories created around wine and the stories that a single bottle of wine can tell stayed with me.  My parents always impressed upon my sister and I the importance of home-cooked meals and eating together.  They're two of the best cooks I know.  We appreciated Oregon Pinot noir and French Chablis when the time came.  Now I've got something to drink and something to write about.  I hope you find as much enjoyment in looking through TwoQuarts as I have in feeding it.

 

About Julio

 

 

 

 

After working for several years at the automotive industry as Quality Engineer, I focused my career towards the wine sector. I started my education at the beginning by doing some practical training working in the laboratory, on the land and in the wine cellar. Later, I rounded out my education by means of postgraduate courses in viticulture, enology, wine tourism, sommelier and an MBA in wine business management. Since 2011, I work at the Sales Department of Cámbrico, a little winery in the Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve of Sierra de Francia (Salamanca), that produces some choice organic wines. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How I got into wine

In 2014, noticing the growing interest of the Market towards original wines and indigenous grape varieties that reflex the soul of the environment where they come from (the terroir), I decided to select a few wineries that make this kind of wines (most of them small wineries with organic viticulture) and start their distribution in Valladolid and rest of Castilla y León.