Portland Oregon native Janie Brooks graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Accounting. Upon receiving her degree, she spent the next 12 years, building a career in the health care industry, overseeing finances and operations for numerous companies.
A tragic twist of fate and family circumstances thrust Janie Brooks-Heuck into the wine business. The sudden death of her brother Jimi in 2004 made Janie responsible for the business operations of the family winery. Over the next 14 years she learned the winery business inside-out and has built Brooks Wine into one of the most prolific and thriving wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Her amazing story was the subject of a 2014 documentary film “American Wine Story” and an episode of the Fox television show “Strange Inheritance”.
Brooks has been able to maintain the same vineyard sources and winemaking style, while growing the business to meet the consumer and market demands. In 2009, Janie and her husband purchased the 20 acre Eola Hills Vineyard (now known as Brooks Estate) which has some of the oldest pinot noir and riesling in the Willamette Valley. Janie has also moved the production of Brooks Wines to its own space perched high on the hilltop in the Eola Hills AVA.
Janie is a director of the International Riesling Foundation, a past director of the Oregon Pinot Camp, and serves on the media committee for the International Pinot Noir Celebration. Janie and her husband David reside in Pebble Beach, California with their children Emily and Ryan. She spends her summers in Oregon at their farmhouse property with her family, including her nephew Pascal.
Join Janie on this journey along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers and Gironde Estuary. These are the legendary waterways of Bordeaux, home to some of the world’s greatest chateaux and vineyards.
Please note: This Taste of Bordeaux Cruise 2021 (hosted by Brooks Winery) wine tasting tour is created by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin, CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. This is the most popular river cruise itinerary in Europe and will sell out. The pre and/or post-cruise tour program may contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.