Jacqueline Yoakum and Jim Sanders

Each Le Cadeau cuvee is hand-crafted in small lots (typically around 200 cases each) and made by one of two winemakers.

Although Le Cadeau cuvees have historically been made in various facilities, Le Cadeau owns the barrels and equipment used at those facilities to produce our own wines. All winemaking is collaborative with Deb and Tom Mortimer, Le Cadeau’s owners, with final decisions typically left to the winemakers.

See an exhibit of winemaker history, by cuvee (PDF)

Le Cadeau Winemaking Team

Steve Ryan — “Côte Est”, “Trajet”, “Red Label”

In the mid-90’s, Steve was the original winemaker for Martinelli. He focused on biodynamic winemaking in Hopland, CA for many years before moving to Oregon. Steve currently makes his Le Cadeau wines in Carlton, OR.

Jim Sanders — “Équinoxe”, “Merci”, “Rocheux”, “Diversité”

Jim Sanders and his wife, Kristin, lived at Beaux Frères in the Ribbon Ridge AVA where he learned his winemaking from his friend and mentor, Mike Etzel. Jim is currently producing his Le Cadeau wines on Parrett Mountain in Newberg, OR.

Consulting Winemakers of Past Releases

Josh Bergström — 2004-2006 “Côte Est”

Josh has been the vineyard manager and head winemaker for Bergström Wines since 1999.

Isabelle Dutartre — 2002-2003 Pinot Noir

Isabelle helped create the first two vintage releases of Le Cadeau while maintaining her position as the first and only winemaker of De Ponte Cellars in Oregon.

Harry Peterson-Nedry — 2004-2007 “Rocheux”

Harry and his winemaking team at Chehalem have been part of the Willamette Valley since 1990. Harry is a very influential representative of Oregon wines and a gracious friend of Le Cadeau.

Tony Rynders — 2008 “Serendipity”

Tony was the head winemaker at Domaine Serene in the Dundee Hills AVA for over 10 years, currently focusing on Tendril Wine Cellars.

Scott Shull — 2008-2015 “Diversité”

The owner and winegrower for Raptor Ridge Winery in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Willamette Valley.

Sam Tannahill & Cheryl Francis — 2004-2007 “Diversité”

Sam spent 7-years as winemaker for Archery Summit and, as with Jacqueline Yoakum, worked previously with Ted Lemon at Littorai, all before moving on to Rex Hill. Along with his wife Cheryl, the pair also run Francis Tannahill winery.

Jacqueline Yoakum — 2008-2011 “Rocheux”

Jacqueline has worked as consulting winemaker for Keller in CA and previously with Ted Lemon at Littorai as his assistant.