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Wine Spectator: Larry Stone Returns to Oregon with New Vineyard and Winery

April 9, 2015

Larry Stone, the influential sommelier and winery consultant, is back in Oregon, starting up his own winery. He quietly purchased a promising site in the Eola-Amity Hills and planted 66 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2013 and will make his first wines this year for a new label, Lingua Franca. “It means ‘honest tongue,’” Stone told Wine Spectator. “That’s a pretty good thing for a sommelier.”

The master sommelier left the restaurant business in 2006 to manage Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, and later Evening Land Vineyards (ELV), the Oregon winery founded by Mark Tarlov. He also currently works as a roving ambassador for Huneeus Vintners, whose wines include Quintessa, Flowers, The Prisoner and two wineries in Chile. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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