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#1 Post by Jim Anderson »

Sorry I cannot do better than this general release letter. As much as I have tried to stay ahead of the way information spreads I have been incapable of that.

There is no way to convey this message without the sadness and loss that I feel, so the act of writing this makes me feel lonely and awful. I was informed on the evening of November 6th that my friend, business partner and wine making companion Patty Green had passed away unexpectedly. Her body was discovered by neighbors in her rural cabin retreat outside of Roseburg. She had recently turned 62 years old.

I had the special privilege of having known, worked and partnered with Patty for over 20 years. I met Patty in 1995 and over the course of the preceding 22+ years we went from strangers working together to co-conspirators in making something out of a new Oregon winery to partners in a vineyard and winery venture that surpasses anything we ever expected to do. We had ups and downs like anybody does in any sort of relationship but we used to joke that other than the weird people whose marriages somehow survived owning a winery together that we were the longest standing winemaking duo in Oregon. There's something to both the factual information about that and the joking sentiment behind it that contribute to the special nature of our relationship.

Patty was a mighty force and an old soul crammed into a small little body. She had done so many interesting and crazy things in her life way before she started making wine that it was hilarious how far down the list the life of a winemaker was in her amazing life. Her approach to winemaking was pure. She had no motivations to be famous or acknowledged or even particularly that well paid. She had a belief in what parts of the earth could bear and what she could do to guide that fruit along a path of turning from one pristine to state to another. Because of her desire to be extremely low-profile and the nature of the winery itself she likely did not get the accolades for her work in the Oregon wine business. Nonetheless I know that the loss I feel will also be a loss to the more delicate soul of all the things that make winemaking and vineyard tending special in Oregon.

Obviously at this time we are simply attempting to inform people and figure out how we will all go about grieving. There is still very little information available, even to us, and we appreciate that for the time being folks allow us to attempt to figure out where things stand and what will be done to ensure that everyone can have an opportunity, if they wish, to share in saying goodbye and celebrating the life of a unique, special and wonderful individual.

We understand and appreciate that people may want to reach out. At this time to do so please only contact Jim Anderson at jim@patriciagreencellars.com. Memorial services are being planned and as that comes together we will inform everyone as to the specifics.
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#2 Post by William Segui »

Jim -- Saddened to read this, sorry for your loss.

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#3 Post by Neal.Mollen »

A moving and heartfelt tribute, Jim. My sincere condolences on your loss.
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#4 Post by lleichtman »

So sorry to hear of your loss. She will be missed.
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#5 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

My condolences Jim.
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#6 Post by mike pobega »

Jim, I am so sorry for you loss.

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#7 Post by Corey N. »

I'm sorry for your loss, Jim. May Patty's memory be a blessing.
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#8 Post by Jim Sawitzke »

That is awful news Jim, so sorry to hear.

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#9 Post by Loren Sonkin »

So sorry for your loss
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#10 Post by jbray23 »

I remember the first time I had met patty, she had come up to seattle on a sales trip and was stuck waiting for a while before I could taste, while she was waiting a jackass of an Washington winemaker made a complete fool of himself with backhand compliments about her wines and pricing structure... I was so embarrassed but patty was so gracious and professional and kept a smile on her face the whole time, no other person that I have met could have endured that situation the way she did.

I've met her several times since and she was always graceful, kind and willing to talk straight.

The Oregon wine community lost one of its truly great people.

I'm am shocked and saddened and can only give condolences to Jim and the crew, I know it is a monumental loss to you all.

Rest in peace Patty...
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Deep condolences Jim
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Terrible. My condolences.
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#13 Post by R Nanda »

My condolences, Jim.
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#14 Post by mattcitrang »

So sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences.

I raise my glass in a toast to her enduring memory.
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#15 Post by Adam Noble »

Terrible news. I met her years ago at the winery and enjoyed our interaction. My condolences.

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#16 Post by Andrew Kaufman »

Jim all I can say is that the world has lost a true gem of a human being.

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#17 Post by debbie holm »

So very sorry.

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#18 Post by Mike Maguire »

Truly one of a kind, sorry for yours and our loss Jim.

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#19 Post by Todd F r e n c h »

Wow, shocked and saddened to read this, Jim.
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#20 Post by Jonathan H »

I'm so sorry for your loss. I send my deepest condolences.
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#21 Post by Greg Malcolm »

Jim - My condolences to you and the entire Patricia Green team. This is very sad news.

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#22 Post by Vincent Fritzsche »

So sorry to hear this. Love to you all.
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#23 Post by rfelthoven »

Really sorry to hear this, Jim. That was a beautiful passage about Patty. Your wines hold a special place in my cellar and I will toast her (and you) every time I grab one. Hang in there. This will be tough.
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#24 Post by Joshua Kates »

Condolences, Jim,

Terrible news!
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#25 Post by R yan C omaz zetto »

Wow, Jim - so sorry to hear this.

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OMG so sorry to hear.
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#27 Post by Eric Lundblad »

Wow, my condolences, Jim.
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#28 Post by Jay $$ Winton »

Condolences
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#29 Post by Mark Y »

Sorry to hear Jim. My condolences. :(
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My thoughts and prayers.

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My condolences, Jim.

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#32 Post by AlexS »

Jim, so terribly sorry...
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#33 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith »

My deepest sympathies, Jim.
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#34 Post by Peter Kleban »

Jim, what awful news. My condolences to you and the whole PGC team. Your wines have been among my favorites since I first tried them, this is a great loss not only to you but to the wine world as well. RIP Patty.
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#35 Post by Carter Y. »

My condolences... I was utterly shocked and heartbroken when I received the email. I can't imagine how much this impacts the people around her.
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#36 Post by Justin Horn »

I'm sad to hear this. PG wines have a special place in our world. My wife and I got engaged to the very unique wine that Patty did back in 2006...The Panama White SB. I was always hoping she would try to do that wine again. Sorry for your loss Jim.

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#37 Post by Mike Evans »

I'm so sorry, my condolences to Jim and to all of her friends and family. Some mutual friends always spoke so glowingly about Patty, she was loved and will be missed.

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Deepest sympathies to Jim and the PGC crew.
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#39 Post by Ken Strauss »

Sorry for your loss. So young.
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#40 Post by A.Altman »

Horrible, horrible news Jim. Your words are a wonderful tribute to both Patty's life and your great wine/life partnership.

Sending positive thoughts to you and everyone who loves her.
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#41 Post by Richard T r i m p i »

Wow Jim! My deepest sympathy. Shocking news. It feels like only a short time ago, we shared a dinner with Patty telling stories about her career path (mocassins included)....somehow putting up with you...and vice versa. Through the many years of persistent teamwork, she elevated PGC to the upper tier of Willamette Valley winemaking. It seemed like she was at the top of her game and only getting better! This is truly terrible news.

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#42 Post by R. Frankel »

My condolences to Jim and the PGC team.
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#43 Post by alan weinberg »

Sincere sympathies.

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#44 Post by MitchTallan »

What Mr. Trimpi said. I find it a bit interesting that Jim remarked that Patty never prioritized receiving winemaking acclaim. She never got it. But why? I mean, holy sh*t, from the grace and funk of the much-missed Four Winds to the power of the Balcombe 1B to the somewhere in-between of the Etzel Block, Patty made incredibly flavorful and interesting wines and never got much acclaim as a noted Oregon pinot producer while many others-with no better track record-have. And now it's too late and I assume Jim is right that it would not have been a big deal if she had. I am meandering. This hits me hard 'cause I am such a fan of the wines.
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#45 Post by David_S »

Very sad to hear
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#46 Post by Kirk.Grant »

Jim, I’m so sorry to hear about this loss for you and the whole team there. I wish you and everyone involved all the best.
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#47 Post by John Osburn »

A huge loss for Oregon wine and the people involved in it. RIP Patty.

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#48 Post by Michael Klein »

just awful. condolences.

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#49 Post by J a y H a c k »

Never met her but enjoyed her wines many times. The Berserker Cuvee is my "go to" house pinot. I will hoist a glass of it for her tonight.
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#50 Post by Jason T »

Jim, I'm so sorry.

7 or so years ago I knew nothing about wine, other than I either liked a wine or I didn't. My wife was the geek.

I remember being at a work dinner one night and recognizing a name on the wine list - the first time I'd ever actually remembered a wine that my wife had previously pointed out. It was Patricia Green. I don't remember anything else about the bottle other than for the first time I'd recalled some random thought related to wine.

The bottle was reasonably priced, I ordered it, and everyone at the table thought I was a genius (and, I liked the wine). That may have been my first exposure to Patricia Green, and to Oregon Pinot as well. Certainly not my last. What a journey it's been for me since. I'm very thankful to Ms Green, and to you Jim, for that.

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