wine
 

ONCE UPON A TIME…

   Natalie Bowman Lee suffered with the burden of oxymorons, from a heart torn between fashion or sports, to majoring in music or science, to the question of remaining wild and free or settling down…

   So what glorious serendipity that she took a job at a wine shop in tiny Watkinsville, GA, while studying genetics as a pre-med degree at the University of Georgia. After just one month in this shop, the largest epiphany of her life occurred, winemaking was the only thing in the world she could ever want to do. Medical school became at once null and void.

   For wine is the queen of oxymorons. Wine is the integration of seemingly disparate elements that compromise Natalie’s world. On one hand wine is hard grunt labor and the raw and sometimes brutal Mother Nature. On the other hand it is frivolity and luxury. The art of making wine itself is a combination of trying to control a wild and unpredictable reaction of nature. 

   Once this epiphany occurred, it began a grand adventure that has led her from a Southern Belle in the Deep South to an enologist at Sanford Winery in the land of Sunshine of California, to a Certified Sommelier in the High Mountains of Colorado to her new home as a winemaker and International Woman of Mystery in the magical land of Oregon, where she lives the ultimate oxymoron of Refined Savagery.