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    1. Oregon Advent: Day 14 Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 19 2014)

      Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.” — Victor Hugo

      “I believe that there is luminosity hiding in the shadow of the mundane. And things that hover at the periphery of our vision. If that’s magic, then I believe in it.” ― Natasha Mostert

      Lumos Wine Co Temperence Hill Pinot Noir Oregon Advent copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 14 <br>Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012


      Luminous and delicious. Shadows and light. Corporeal and ethereal. Earthbound and magical, the wine changes and transforms with each swirl and sip.

      The Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012 was seriously intense the first evening (if you ...

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    2. 15 Outstanding Pacific Northwest Wines Under $15 Dollars

      Explore therealwinejulia.com (Dec 19 2014)

      Once a month, I wake up extra early and head into KPNW’s 1120 AM Newradio’s studio to talk wine with Robb Holloway and Bill Lundun of the Wake Up Call.  Every time I’m there Robb asks, “So, what wines are out there that are in the $8-$12 range?” Without a doubt, I’m like a deer in headlights since most wines that immediately pop into my head are in the $25 dollar range. This doesn’t happen because there’s a lack of great wine out there in the price range that Robb is looking for ...

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    3. Feels Like Family: Jasper Sisco Wines

      Explore nwwineanthem.com (Dec 18 2014)

      Feels Like Family: Jasper Sisco Wines

      In May of 2012 one of our writers Megan visited with a guy named Justin Paul Russell who had come to the Willamette Valley from the Alabama with a dream of making Oregon Pinot Noir. Two years have past and Justin has successfully launched Jasper Sisco with his first wines, including a 2012 Pinot Noir and a 2013 Riesling.

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    4. Oregon Advent: Day 12 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 17 2014)

      “I’ve known rivers:
      I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
      My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
      ― Langston Hughes

      Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2012 3 Oregon Advent: Day 12<BR />Domaine Drouhin Oregon<BR />Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2012French soul. Oregon soil. It’s the motto of Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The French are cooler than we are. It’s that whole savoir faireje ne sais quoi action, and we just can’t complete. (Trust us, we Americans have our charms, but the French je ne sais cool is unrivaled.) And in the wine world, it’s no different. The French have been making wine ...

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    5. Oregon Advent: Day 13 Argyle Vintage Brut 2011

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 17 2014)

      “I drink to separate my body from my soul.” ― Oscar Wilde

      “I drink to separate my body from my soul.” ― Oscar Wilde Oregon Advent: Day 13<BR />Argyle Vintage Brut 2011

      Argyle Brut was the first Oregon wine we ever had, a pre-party quaff before we ventured out somewhere disreputable on New Year’s Eve, long, long, ago on a rainy night in Seattle on the last day of the year. The label is different now, but I’m sure the bottle would say the same of us, it’s more minimal and sophisticated, and how we wish that was also our destiny.

      Argyle Vintage Brut 2011 Oregon Advent copyright EatonAlive 2014 2 Oregon Advent: Day 13<BR />Argyle Vintage Brut 2011

      For us, the Argyle Vintage Brut was a fun and festive glass, the flavors were green apple ...

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    6. Toast the new year with Oregon sparkling wines

      Explore Statesman Journal (Dec 17 2014)

      More and more Oregon winemakers are making excellent sparkling wines at a variety of price points and a variety of styles. There's a little something for almost every palate to celebrate the New Year holiday. Here are a few of my favorites.

      2011 Argyle Brut Rosé ($50): A blend of 70 percent pinot noir, 25 percent pinot meunier and 5 percent chardonnay, this wine has a beautiful faded antique pink rose color; aromas of rose petal, anise biscotti and pepper; complex flavors of strawberries, citrus, creamy butter cookies and spice notes; and a crisp acidity and clean finish.

      2011 ...

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    7. #1 Oregon Pinot Noir Vintage in 50 Years?

      Explore Buy Wine Online (Dec 16 2014)

      #1 Oregon Pinot Noir Vintage in 50 Years?

      Since the Wine Spectator's "near-perfect" 97-point 2008 vintage, Oregon's growers have been dealt challenging hands. But after spending 36 hours cellar-hopping from McMinnville to the Dundee Hills, the Eola-Amity Hills to the steepest slopes on Ribbon Ridge, it's clear that all the pre-release hype associated with the 2012 vintage is well deserved. In many cases, these luscious 2012s will outpoint the historic 2008s.

      Bordeaux-born-and-bred enologist Laurent Montalieu, long one of Oregon's brightest Pinot Noir stars, explained why. 

      "It was really a storybook vintage, unlike any I've seen since I moved to Oregon from Bordeaux. Old-timers ...

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    8. Oregon Advent: Day 11 Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 16 2014)

      “Wine enters through the mouth,
      Love, the eyes.
      I raise the glass to my mouth,
      I look at you,
      I sigh.”
      ― W.B. Yeats

      Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 8 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 11<BR />Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

      Iconic wine. Iconic label. The image on the label is the Adelsheim’s daughter, Lizzie, drawn by her mother, Ginny. Her father, David, talks about the origin of the labels, branding and the vision for the future in this 2010 interview with Wines & Vines. In thisbeautifully produced video, Adelsheim talks about why the Elizabeth’s Reserve is, in many respects, their most important wine, one that reflects the character of the winery and the Chehalem ...

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    9. What's So Great About Pinot Noir: Part 3 Steve Lutz Lenne Estate

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      What's So Great About Pinot Noir: Part 3 Steve Lutz Lenne Estate

      he Minstrel and Muse Wine Tour, 3rd Thursdays.  November's show: New World Pinot Noir: California (Carneros), Oregon, and Chile through the words of winemakers on the episode What's So Great About Pinot Noir?

      Miles (From Sideways) on Pinot Noir: "It's a hard grape to grow... it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then...its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet."

      Part I: Francois Lurton, 5th generation ...

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    10. Oregon Advent: Day 10 Lange
 Estate Winery & Vineyards Three Hills Cuvée Chardonnay 2013

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 12 2014)

      Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.”  — Ludwig van Beethoven

      Lange Estate Winery Vineyards Three Hills Cuvée Chardonnay 6 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 10<BR />Lange
 Estate Winery & Vineyards<BR />Three Hills Cuvée Chardonnay 2013

      Of course the Wine Harlots are going to talk about the wine affectionately named “lingerie chardonnay” by winemaker Jesse Lange, which we assume means it’s not “naked” (i.e. fermented only in stainless steel) but by a combo of steel and neutral oak treatment, but then again, maybe it means something although different. (A girl can hope.)

      Lange Estate was founded by Don and Wendy Lange in the ...

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    11. Tour of 29 of the Top Wine Producers in Oregon

      Explore GoLocalPDX (Dec 12 2014)

      Portland's penchant for microbrews is no secret - see our recent article about Oregon being ranked the booziest state in America. However, we're no slacker when it comes to wine. 

       

      The state of Oregon is the third largest producer of wine, right behind California and Washington. The Dundee Hills and surrounding area, located about an hour's drive south of Portland, are known for producing globally renowned Pinot Noirs on par to anything produced in Napa Valley or Burgandy, France. The mineral-rich soil and climate of the Wilamette Valley combine to create an ideal environment for growing Pinot Noir ...

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    12. The Sun Can Touch Me

      Explore At the Lip of Your Glass (Dec 12 2014)

       

      Before I launch into this review, I must apologize for my absence of late (almost 2 full months!).  Since we last talked, a lot has changed in my life: I’ve started a new job (saving the world), moved to a new apartment (what a view), and moved in with my lovely girlfriend (yay!).  I’ve also had a horrible string of underwhelming and/or disappointing bottles of wine that I’d hoped to write about, so my disappearance wasn’t for lack of trying – which is where you all come in.  If you’re reading this and have enjoyed ...

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    13. 2013 DANCIN Vineyards "Chaîné" Southern Oregon Chardonnay

      Explore The Nittany Epicurean (Dec 12 2014)

      My series bringing you some of the exciting wines coming from Oregon has brought a wide variety of white wines to date. Most recently, I brought you a delicious white wine blend of two grapes native to Southern France - the 2013 Marsanne Roussane produced & bottled by Cliff Creek CellarsBefore that, I shared the 2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc cellared & bottled by Brooks Wines.

      One white grape variety that has not been a part of this series is chardonnay. That is until now. This is the first chardonnay that I'll share with you from Oregon:

      2013 "Chaîné" Southern ...

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    14. Oregon Advent: Day 9 Brandborg Oregon Gewurztraminer Umpqua Valley 2012

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 11 2014)

      In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  ― Albert Camus

      Brandborg Gewurztraminer Oregon Advent 4 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 9 <br />Brandborg Oregon Gewurztraminer<br /> Umpqua Valley 2012

      The Brandborg Gewürztraminer is like drinking the end of summer, the heady scent of roses, the dusky sweetness of apricots with a hint of lemons. Wine Folly opines gewürztraminer is like the grown-up version of moscato. We agree, this is sweet, but not cloying, with the perfect amount of acidity. If you enjoy sweet wines, this is for you, but if you’re like us, who generally eschew sweet beverages, give this a shot, we are transfixed by the Brandborg ...

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    15. Recent Sips of Oregon Wines: Pinot Amore´

      Explore Home Page (Dec 11 2014)

      If you relish fruit and are susceptible to seduction, put aside your inhibitions and dive into 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir. The wines, which combine marvelous fruit concentration with bright acidity, are so juicy some have even called them “slutty.” Yields were down in 2012, so many of the best wines will have limited availability.

      Angela Estate

      Antony Beck is the proprietor of Angela Estate located in Dundee, Oregon. A resident of Lexington, Kentucky, where he has a thoroughbred farm, Beck is an emigrant from South Africa. His father founded the Graham Beck label in South Africa, and after his father ...

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    16. Two Oregon wines on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list

      Explore Statesman Journal (Dec 11 2014)

      Two Oregon wines on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list

      Wine Spectator has released its Top 100 Wines of 2014 list and two wines from Oregon have claimed places among the honored.

      Ponzi 2012 Tavola Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was ranked No. 53 and King Estate's Acrobat 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir was ranked No. 78.

      "We're thrilled. It's a big deal," said Ponzi president Maria Ponzi. "The particular vintage, the 2012, was an exceptional vintage."

      The Tavola label (which means table wine in Italian) was created about 15 years ago as a wine to showcase the Willamette Valley and the style of pinot noir at Ponzi at ...

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    17. Gran Moraine Vineyard and Wine Spectator's #2 Pinot Noir of 2012

      Explore Buy Wine Online (Dec 10 2014)

      Gran Moraine Vineyard and Wine Spectator's #2 Pinot Noir of 2012

      ypically, we attend Oregon's International Pinot Noir Celebration every other July on odd-numbered years. But with all the hubbub surrounding the soon-to-be-released 2012s, this year we were obliged to make an exception.

      As we've reported a number of times, the mood on Thursday night was nothing short of jubilant. The 2012 growing season had been a godsend after the challenging 2011 campaign. Much like hundreds of miles to the south in Napa and Sonoma, the Willamette Valley had been blessed with a mild, dry summer. Barely a drop of rain had fallen between June and the end of ...

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    18. Oregon Advent: Day 8 Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 10 2014)

      Oregon Advent: Day 8  Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011

      “This is the place of places and and it is here.” ― Gertrude Stein

      Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir 11 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 8 <br />Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011

      Why did Cornerstone, a prestige Napa cabernet sauvignon maker venture north to Oregon to make pinot noir? Oregon is the place of places for pinot noir. Craig Camp of Cornerstone states, “The Napa Valley is one of the few perfect places on earth to grow cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is one of the few perfect places on earth to grow pinot noir and chardonnay. When we decided to make pinot noir we knew we had to look somewhere other than our home ...

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    19. Oregon Advent: Day 7 Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 9 2014)

      Oregon Advent: Day 7  Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013

      “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” ― Steve Jobs

      Elk Cove Pinot Gris Oregon Advent 4 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 7 <br />Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013

      When Elk Cove Vineyards was founded in 1974 in the Willamette Valley, there were fewer than a dozen wineries in Oregon. Elk Cove, was founded by Pat and Joe Campbell, now the winemaking duties have been taken over by their son, Adam, they are proud to continue be a family owned winery.

      Elk Cove Pinot Gris Oregon Advent 3 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 7 <br />Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013 The Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris is ...

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    20. Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2012

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 8 2014)

      Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2012

      “Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” ― Anaïs Nin

      Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir Oregon Advent 1 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 6 <br />Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2012

      Wine Harlots profess, excess is best. When we reached out to Adam Lee of Siduri for a single bottle of Oregon pinot for the project, this is what he sent. Oh, yes, excess is best. Siduri is well known for the California pinot noir’s they produce, but as Seattle natives, and Encinitas residents, Siduri captured our attention when the lore in the music world was that Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam drank Siduri ...

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    21. Oregon Advent: Day 4 Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Müeller-Thurgau Sparkling 2013

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      Oregon Advent: Day 4 Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Müeller-Thurgau Sparkling 2013

      This new resolve gave her a sort of light-headed self-confidence: when she left the dinner-table she felt so easy and careless that she was surprised to see that the glass of Champagne beside her plate was untouched. She felt as if all its sparkles were whirling through her.” ― Edith Wharton, The Mother’s Recompense

      kramer vineyards oregon advent lead photo copyright eatonalive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 4<BR /> Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Müeller Thurgau Sparkling 2013Kramer Vineyards is a multi-generational boutique winery. Founded by Farmer Keith and Trudy Kramer over 30 years ago. Their first born, Kimberly, has taken over the winemaking duties. The younger sister, Becky, owns Urban Decanter in Forest Grove, a wine shop where you can eat, drink ...

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    22. Oregon Advent: Day 2 Fossil & Fawn Pinot Gris 2013

      Explore Wine Harlots (Dec 3 2014)

      Oregon Advent: Day 2  Fossil & Fawn Pinot Gris 2013

      What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.” ― John Lubbock

      Fossil Fawn Wine Harlots Oregon Advent 4 copyright EatonAlive 2014 Oregon Advent: Day 2 <BR />Fossil & Fawn Pinot Gris 2013

      Yesterday, we featured Eyrie, one of the oldest wineries in Oregon. Today, we share a few words about Fossil & Fawn, one of the newest bottle producers.

      Fossil & Fawn is cool-sexy-smart. And their pinot gris is transcendent. It’s so fucking smart we ...

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    23. Oregon Advent: Day 1 Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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      Oregon Advent: Day 1  Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012

      “The whole thing is balance. Tannins, pH, alcohol — these things all have to be in balance. When it’s in balance, it’s going to live forever. That’s my take on it.” — David Lett

      Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Oregon Advent 2 Oregon Advent: Day 1 <BR />Eyrie Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012

      Eyrie Vineyards is one of the flagship wineries in Oregon. On press tours they gleefully announce that the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry were, “Two Dicks and a Dave.” Seriously. From a PR flack. At that point you know that Oregon wine isn’t Old World wine. Or Napa. Can you sense why I was interested in covering a whole month of Oregon wine ...

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    24. Sweet and Sparkling

      Explore Oregon Wine Press (Nov 30 2014)

      Sweet and Sparkling

      When conducting a tasting that transitions from bodaciously bubbly to succulently sweet, it takes some effort to maintain attention on the original intention. But juxtaposing the one style against the other serves as a reminder that the spectrum of wines is wide and varied.

      Oregon isn’t widely known for sparkling wine, and among the few that tackle the time-consuming task, Argyle is the only player of any size.

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