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Welcome back to Take Five, a fresh Eat Beat feature that offers up five must-try culinary finds from food and drink experts around town. Next up, think pink...
Wine fanatic Jeffrey Weissler has spent the last five years chronicling the best of the world's sustainable wines and wineries on his website consciouswine.com, but his real passion lies in face-to-face celebration of the goods in the glass with good friends and good food. Inspired to make that passion a daily reality, Weissler took the leap from digital denizen to brick-and-mortar shop owner this year.
His irreverent, education-centric wine shop ...(Read Full Article)
If you enjoy white wines, particularly fruit-forward wines that are highly aromatic with floral notes, viognier, a grape variety common in France’s Rhone region, may just be what you’re looking for.
In France, most viogniers are sold as Vin de Pays in the Languedoc region. In Rhone, viognier is often used as a blending grape with Roussane, Marsanne and Grenache blanc, according to Professional Friends of Wine.
In America, you’ll find viognier from the central coast region of California. Although the acreage planted with viognier grapes in Oregon (a mere 210 acres in 2011 according to the ...(Read Full Article)
Pinot noir clones are a source of fascination: how they differ in the vineyard, how they differ in wine expression. Comparing and contrasting single-clone wines can be great fun, but also is a perilous pursuit as one tries to parse the influences of vintage, site, soils, viticulture, and winemaking.
This was reinforced a few days ago when I had a chance to taste side-by-side Dijon clone 114 and 115 pinot noirs from Anam Cara Cellars, from the 2011 vintage. Very pretty wines that showed at once the uniform taste of terrior from Anam Cara’s estate vineyard in the Chehalem ...(Read Full Article)
Food & Wine Magazine’s March issue just hit the mailboxes across America and what Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden recently described as Oregon’s “relentlessly good news story” continues to roll on. F&W’s wine editor Ray Isle interviewed wine guru Robert Parker for the magazine’s 35th anniversary issue and Parker added his kudos to the Oregon story:
Ray Isle: Also in 1987, you wrote, “Western Oregon may well have the finest potential of any viticultural region in the world, outside of Burgundy, to produce great wine from the fickle and temperamental Pinot Noir grape.” Did western Oregon ...(Read Full Article)
With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, holiday entertaining season enters full gear. And family holiday gatherings and holiday parties are a perfect time to showcase some of Oregon’s wonderful variety of wines.
If you’re looking for sparkling wines that pair well with foods, there are several to choose from and they range from dry to semi-dry.
2009 Argyle Brut: This dry sparkling wine made from a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, has a zesty lemon aroma, flavors of pear and custard and a clean minerality.
2009 Arygle Brut Rosé: This dry sparkling wine ...(Read Full Article)
Angel Vine owners Ed and Laureen Fus moved their family to Oregon in 1997 to pursue their dream of farming a vineyard. The Three Angels Vineyard (named after Laureen and their two daughters) is located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills and produces Pinot Noir used by several local wineries. Ed eventually decided to make his own wine focusing on single vineyard Zinfandel, with grapes sourced from Washington.
The winery recently sent me some samples to taste.
- 2010 Zinfandel Alder Ridge Vineyard – The vineyard is located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA which is part of the larger Columbia Valley AVA ...
Christopher Columbus, under the support of the Spanish crown, may have discovered the New World. But there’s a little bit of the Old World, Spain, being created in Southern Oregon, thanks to Earl and Hilda Jones and Abacela.
The couple, with their passion for Spanish food and Spanish wines, came to Oregon in search of a place to plant and produce tempranillo, a Spanish red varietal. That resulted in the birth of Abacela in Roseburg, and the offering of Spanish varietals has expanded from tempranillo to include grenache (known as garnacha in Spain) and albariño.
I had the ...(Read Full Article)
Harry Peterson-Nedry pops the cork on a Chehalem Pinot Noir Rion Reserve 1994, a single-vineyard wine from his Ridgecrest Vineyard in what is now the Chehalem Mountains appellation. The wine shows ripeness, richness, a bittersweet chocolate note playing against raspberry and cherry, and a hint of rare beef on the finish. The wine is beautifully knit and alive.
Clearly, Oregon Pinot Noir can age. In the case of the '94 Chehalem, the wine had a little help from Patrice Rion, of the Burgundy domaine, who knows a few things about how Burgundian Pinot Noirs can age. "Patrice suggested separating Pommard ...(Read Full Article)
Sineann Winery is located in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, in Newberg, Oregon. The Chehalem Mountain AVA is one of six sub-appelations of the Willamette Valley, each containing it’s own distinctive terroir. Fruit for the Sineann wines is sourced from high quality vineyards in several different growing regions, including some as far away as Marlborough, New Zealand. In the spring, Sineann winemaker, Peter Rosback, travels to New Zealand to make Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines sourced from a vineyard in Marlborough.
While enjoying a delicious roasted chicken dinner at a friend’s house recently, a cork was popped on ...(Read Full Article)
In spite of the challenges Willamette Valley vineyard owners and winemakers had with the 2010 growing season, many of the the Pinot Noirs I’ve tasted recently are beautiful and full of character. The 2010 Patton Valley Lorna-Marie Pinot Noir is the ultimate example of one those beauties to arise from a difficult year. Here’s what Patton Valley has to say about 2010:
“Variation of growing conditions from vintage to vintage is one of Oregon’s great charms, resulting in distinctive wines every season. Mother Nature showed us one of her biggest swings from the hot conditions in 2009 ...(Read Full Article)
Beautiful light- to medium-ruby color with luscious pink edges. Gorgeous nose of strawberry, baking spices, cigar box—and an occasional whiff of dust and blood because of the volcanic soil in the area. Juicy and succulent, balanced, lively, just wonderful. It … Continue reading →(Read Full Article)
Oregon wineries are often said to “fight above their weight” and the recent edition of Wine and Spirits Magazine brought that point home once again.
Ten Oregon wineries were named to W&S’s international top 100 wineries. Of the 42 U.S. wineries on the list of top 100, Oregon accounted for 24 percent of the total -- a pretty amazing score considering Oregon’s industry is dwarfed by much larger and more established wine regions to the north and south. Oregon wineries making the list were Adelsheim Vineyards, Bergstrom, Chehalem, Cristom, Evening Land Vineyards, Eyrie Vineyards, King Estate, Lange ...(Read Full Article)
Just as a growing number of Oregon wineries are producing wines made from a blend of red grape varietals, more and more wineries are doing the same with white wines.
Blending a wine made from different varieties of white grapes allows winemakers to add complexity in flavors and aroma to the wine. While this is a common practice in many parts of France and the rest of the wine-producing regions in Europe, it’s starting to take hold here in Oregon.
One example is the 2009 Airlie 7. This wine is a blend of seven varietals: müller thurgau, riesling ...(Read Full Article)
By Laurie Daniel
For the Mercury News mercurynews.com
With Pinot noir's complete dominance of the Oregon wine industry, it can be hard for other grape varieties to get a foothold. Pinot gris has its fans; chardonnay producers have made a bid for(Read Full Article)
Oregon Wine Geeks Tasting Note 2008 Watermill Merlot Columbia Valley 90 pts @38central today Oregon Wine Geeks – Tasting Notes and News.(Read Full Article)
The International Pinot Noir Celebration is perhaps my favorite tasting event that I attend each year here in the U.S. Held on the bucolic grounds of a small college in a little town in Oregon's Willamette Valley, the event always manages to get just about everything right. It offers great food, fantastic wines, and interesting lectures all wrapped up in a very casual, relaxed atmosphere that simply makes it a joy to attend.(Read Full Article)
The Willamette Valley might have its finest vintage in modern times with the 2010 Oregon Pinot Noir vintage. 1993 was awesome and helped put Oregon on the map with consumers. And from 1998 until 2002 Oregon Pinot Noir enjoyed a number of “good” vintages with approchable delicious pinot noirs that were both affordable, yet drinkable. Mother Nature seemed to smile on an otherwise difficult growing region during those years, but she saved her best for the vintage that’s about to hit the market.
Recently, 2008 was hailed as one of Oregon’s best vintages by wine critics and the ...(Read Full Article)
Oregon Wine Geeks Tasting Note 2006 Chateau Lorane Leon Millot 91 pts, an odd varietal but yummy Oregon Wine Geeks – Tasting Notes and News.(Read Full Article)
Oregon Wine Geeks Tasting Note 2010 LaBrasseur Vineyard Syrah @38Central today 93 pts, Harry and David Best of Show red for 2012
Oregon Wine Geeks Tasting Note 2010 LaBrasseur Vineyard Syrah @38Central today 93 pts, Harry and David Best of Show red for 2012 Oregon Wine Geeks – Tasting Notes and News.(Read Full Article)
By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.alexanawinery.com Alexana winery, located just outside of Dundee Oregon – in the heard of the Willamette Valley has the same owner as Ravena winery in Napa. It’s clear that they have a big budget to produce best-of-class varietals as seen in this 2011 Pinot Gris. Technical Data: Vintage: 2011 Varietal: [...](Read Full Article)