How Brianne Day Is Leading the Next Generation Of Natural Oregon Winemakers

June 30, 2015

This energetic powerhouse is about to shake up the domestic wine scene.

It all started with a tattoo of grape clusters, on Brianne Day’s left arm—inked there to cover up a previous lotus leaf drawing she’d committed to after many glasses of Champagne on the day of her divorce. It was spring 2013, and Day had just bottled her first vintage of Pinot Noir. To support her “winemaking habit,” she not only was waiting tables at Gabriel Rucker’s Portland restaurant, Little Bird—but also working at a wine shop, managing the wine list at another restaurant called Riffle, and helping out…