Meet the Rosémaker: Ryan Harms
You can largely thank Ryan Harms, the Willamette Valley winemaker who started Union Wine Company in 2005, for making Rosé so easy to drink on the go. His Underwood wine cans, which this summer includes a new sparkling Rosé flavor, make wine drinking feel extra casual, refreshing and unpretentious. We’re honored to have him on The Yes Way Report!
What should everyone know about Underwood Rosé and the new Rosé Bubbles can? The Underwood Rosé is intended to be simply yummy. We make it from a variety of grapes, some very aromatic, some very fruit driven. This wine isn’t about a specific varietal of grapes; it’s just simply about being yummy. The Rosé Bubbles has been a blast to make and of course drink. We start with some Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, press the fruit lightly to not get too much color and then ferment it cool to keep all the delicate aromas in the wine. Both of our Rosés are great for porch drinking, pool lounging, and BBQ’s.
Where’s your favorite place to stop and drink the rosé? Last summer I was back in Holland, MI, which is right on Lake Michigan. Sitting in the water, watching my kids play and sipping on a can of rosé is a pretty perfect moment. I am also a fan of working in my vegetable garden while enjoying a can of rosé.
Who would you most like to have a glass with? My grandpa Fred. He’s been gone for a while and Union Wine Co. was a little business that I had started when he was still alive. I think he would love drinking something I made, seeing the winery and all the equipment.
When you aren’t drinking rosé, what’s your go-to summer drink? Stiegl Radler, and Aperol spritz!
What are you most looking forward to this summer? I have a trip planned to my parents’ home outside Yosemite with my boys in August. It is a special place for us; we can enjoy the mountain air and recharge before harvest begins.