Ed Barr has a colorful past as an international commodities trader and, with many years on the Chicago Board of Trade, he knows the fast-paced world of finance and how to roll with the punches. The chaotic and turbulent world of finance and speculation were a long way from his upbringing on the West Coast in California, where he first started dreaming of owning a winery. In 2000, while living on the East Coast, Ed met Sue Kirschbaum and they decided to head west to her native Oregon. Sue was born and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon and had graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Food Science. Together Ed and Sue embarked on an Associates degree from Chemeketa College’s NW Viticulture Center’s winemaking and vineyard management program. The vision seemed clearer and the dream became attainable. With three friends from Ed’s past career, they embraced this project together and formed Quintet Cellars. Ed says he picked the name in anticipation of the five-star wine they aspire to make. Things are looking very good as they complete their seventh vintage.
One of the founding members of Ribbon Ridge Winegrower’s Association, Quintet Cellars stakes its award-winning wines on the idea that contracting with select and proven vineyards will produce the super-premium Pinot noir fruit that results in the elegant wines that they are striving to produce vintage after vintage. Ed and Sue worked initially with consulting winemaker Kelly Kidneigh, and later with Anthony King (starting in 2016) to create elegant expressions of each site.
Enjoy these wines when you can find them. Production is very limited and quality and demand are very high.