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Inside the clash of winemakers Jim Bernau and Joe Wagner over the future of Oregon pinot

Pete Danko
Inside the clash of winemakers Jim Bernau and Joe Wagner over the future of Oregon pinot

Jim Bernau got up, grabbed a mixed case of wine, set it on a table and began pulling out bottles. The Willamette Valley Vineyards founder was referring to Joe Wagner, owner of Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, the Napa-based maker of a top-selling Oregon pinot noir called Elouan. “These are all from other wineries in California,” Bernau continued.