Idiot's Grace

Winery, Vineyards & Tasting Room

8450 Hwy 30, Mosier, OR

Idiot's Grace sign

About Us

Beautiful wines from the heart of the Northwest.

We are a small family winery in the heart of the Northwest.  Our organic vineyards along the Columbia River are largely dry-farmed, producing old-world style wines from over 20 varieties of grapes.  We have been exploring the potential of our young AVA since 2002.

We believe that fine wines are grown, rather than “produced”.  We seek minimal intervention in the process – with wild fermentation, sparing use of oak, and limited extraction, all in the pursuit of freshness, balance and structure.  Our wines must accurately express variety, site and vintage, and are intended for the table.  We believe that wine is, indeed, a form of food.

We are stewards of our land in Mosier, Oregon, and other sites in the Gorge AVA, within the “National Scenic Area”.

Brian McCormick

Brian McCormick

Bookish and a bit reclusive, Brian describes his task as “working, with real humility, to deliver wines of originality and fidelity to the growing site.” He draws inspiration primarily from an array of small, “old world” grower-producers, particularly in France’s Alsace, Loire, and Beaujolais regions and across Italy. Having fallen in love with good food and wine as a religion major in college, Brian went on to study winemaking and earned a graduate degree in Horticulture from the University of California at Davis. His early experience included work at Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace and three vintages as a viticulturist in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. He farms grapes, cherries, pears and other crops on his ``Idiot's Grace`` organic farm in Mosier, OR - purchased in 2001.

Rob and Barbara McCormick

Rob McCormick

Founder of Idiot's Grace predecessor, Memaloose Winery, in Lyle, WA, Rob manages the winery with oldest son Brian, who farms the vineyards, produces the wines, and oversees all operations. Rob's background is in the food industry. Wife, Barbara, is a retired chef and Francophile.