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Maysara Winery 2017 Riesling

Keeping it all in the family

It was a game the three girls played with their dad. “Close your eyes. Smell this. Taste this. Guess what it is…” Moe Momtazi was determined to help his daughters heighten their senses and develop their palates. It worked.

In 2007, just six years after Moe and his wife Flora founded Maysara Winery, daughter Tahmiene took over as winemaker. Despite a family winemaking tradition that goes back four generations to Persia, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion. In fact, she’d actively rejected the idea and was considering medical school. But an advisor at Linfield College encouraged her to spend a summer around the winery, applying her scientific mindset. And Tahmiene was hooked.

Today, dad runs the vineyard, mom handles the books, sister Naseem is the sales manager, and sister Hannah runs the events. And it all works beautifully.

The three sisters have even collaborated on a wine called Three Degrees — a project to produce an affordable and enjoyable Pinot Noir for their friends.

Maysara Winery

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Maysara Winery, McMinnville, Oregon
2017 Riesling

This Riesling is what Rieslings should taste like—not like the sweet, viscous wines your grandmother drank!

You’ll get crisp, granny smith apples and clean lemon citrus notes all framed by tones of minerality. And that classic petrol smell is here too—always a sign of an ageworthy white wine!

Each wine at Maysara is named for a Persian historical figure. This one is inspired by Anahita, an ancient Persian goddess of fertility, water, health and healing, and wisdom.

A Cellar 503 selection in January 2023, Classic Wines Oregon Twist McMinnville | Riesling