Inspired by the wines of the Loire Valley and vignerons like Didier Barouillet of Clos Roche Blanche (who was an over-the-phone consultant on the project), Thierry Puzelat, and Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la Pépière, Dana and Scott Frank set out to turn Oregon's "Pinotstocracy" on its head.
Bow & Arrow is their interpretation of the Willamette Valley’s humble terroir. The most important parts of that equation are the Willamette Valley and “humble.” They believe the valley they know and love is as much a blue-collar agricultural area as it is a boutique wine destination... as much a collection of relatively simple, clay-dominated soils as it is home to multi-generation family estates and renowned AVA’s. Bow & Arrow uses a different template to explore this simpler side of the Willamette Valley. Instead of Burgundy, they pay homage to the refreshing and decidedly working-class wines of France’s Loire Valley. (from their website)
This couple actually has quite an amazing story-- Scott moved to Portland after witnessing the Twin Towers fall in Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks from the 47th floor of a skyscraper. He "bottomed out" and bluffed his way into a job in the wine department of New Seasons Market before working harvest at Cameron Estate in Dundee. Along the way, he met and married Dana Frank, who started Dame (really incredible natural wine bar in Portland). Currently, they make wine in the basement of the Bindery in NE Portland.