Call Her Madame Mayor
Community organizer, winemaker and now Mayor, Remy Drabkin is breaking glass ceilings. After making wine all around the world, Drabkin, a self-identified queer winemaker, returned to her hometown, McMinnville, where she opened Remy Wines in 2006. The 29-acre property (with 7 acres planted) in Willamette Valley specializes in northern Italian varieties grown in the Pacific Northwest.
Wanting to create a community for LGBTQ+ people in rural Oregon, in 2020, Drabkin cofounded Wine Country Pride. In 2022, Remy Wines hosted the world’s first Queer Wine Fest, a celebration of queer-owned, queer-made, and queer-grown wines, during Wine Country Pride festivities. Continuing to break barriers, Drabkin was unanimously appointed interim Mayor of McMinnville making her the first woman and queer person to hold the office.
Photos by Matt Sayles | Wine Enthusiast 2022
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