Baby it's cold outside! This photo essay of the gorgeous Horse Heaven Hills AVA exudes warmth.
Thankful for the over-sized bush of aromatic, year-round Rosemary in my back yard, I was able to give a naturally rustic look to my Thanksgiving dining room table, where everyone enjoyed Gratitude, a 2011 Pinot Noir.
Surprisingly, there aren't very many producers in Oregon that have a fundamental focus on the production of sparkling wine. But for those that do, the sparkling wines are terroir driven and absolutely spectacular - Argyle Winery is one of those wineries that consistently produces top-of-the-line bubbles.
Operated by three women, Mary Olson (owner), Elizabeth Clark (winemaker) and Sue Shay (Marketing and Sales Director), Airlie is a boutique winery with thirty acres of grapes tucked into the Coastal Mountain Range at the west end of the Willamette Valley.
Located in the North Willamette Valley near the foothills of Oregon’s breathtaking Coastal Range, Montinore Estate is comprised of 240 acres of contiguous vineyards that are Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Stellar Certified Organic
I'm nearing the end of my first case of Best Case Scenario Oregon Pinot Noirs. With a great theme, From Blockbuster to Beauty: The Evolving Style of Oregon Pinot Noir, I've sampled and learned about how twelve different Oregon wineries have evolved through the years with their winemaking styles used for producing some of Oregon's finest wines.
Organizations like ¡Salud! make me proud to be a part of the great state of Oregon and our thriving wine industry.
Reservations I had on Pinotage were instantly removed when I popped the cork on Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Lion's Drift 2009 Pinotage.
International Wine of the Month Club is a family owned business that's been selecting wines for their customers from boutique vineyards around the world since 1994 - a worthy gift for wine enthusiasts.
The lovely folks at Stoller Family Estate hosted us for a two night stay in their beautiful Cottage at the Pond.
Red Ridge Farms is an olive grove, an olive mill, a lavender farm, a vineyard, a winery, a tasting room, an events center and an inn, with both a guest suite and a cottage for accommodations - there's nothing quite like it in Oregon.
A photo essay of the ambrosial foods and drinks we experienced for Eugene's first-ever Battledish event.
Award winning winemaker, Mark Jurasevich, of Noble Estate, has brought a new wine tasting room to Yachats, located just off Highway 101 at the 504 Highway. .
I recently had the opportunity to join in on a fun and interesting virtual tasting of California's Murrieta's Well wines with fourth generation winegrower and co-owner of Murrieta's Well, Philip Wente; along with, Executive Chef Matt Greco of the award-winning Restaurant at Wente Vineyards.
My new wine glass addiction: Zalto Burgundy stemware
Yesterday, while we watched the Oregon Ducks cream the California Golden Bears in hours of non-stop Oregon rain, we enjoyed two excellent Pinot Noirs from Oregon's Elk Cove Vineyards: 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and 2011 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir.
A photo essay of Oenocamp at Kramer Vineyards: Harvest 2013
Love Pinot Noir? Then the one and only event that needs to be added to the bucket list is the International Pinot Noir Celebration, also known as IPNC.
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The wine grape harvest is officially under way at many of Oregon’s 463 wineries and 849 vineyards as the state’s industry looks forward to one of its earliest and most promising harvests in years.
These are not your average white wines.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir has fresh red berry aromas and flavors with hints of spice and earth, the mouthfeel is round, juicy and totally palate pleasing.
Expecting a super-sweet flavored, syrupy textured beverage, I was immediately taken back by its crisp, refreshing and bright characteristics. This was unlike any mead I had ever experienced.
According the the American Wine Consumer Coalition, Oregon is ranked No. 1 in the nation for its friendliness to wine consumers.
I tell you, this is one of the most pleasing, most well balanced, most elegant, most sumptuous and most delightful wines I've ever tried.
For the first time in 3 months, I've had the entire day free of any engagements. So what does a Pinot Noir loving gal like me do? I pulled the cork out of the 2008 Amalie Roberts Estate Selection Pinot Noir, took the bottle and my favorite Riedel Oregon Pinot glass out on my back patio, put my feet up and enjoyed some much needed rest and relaxation.
Two nights before the official IPNC celebration began, I met up with other Pinot Noir lovers on Twitter for a round of Wine Wednesday #WineChat (a scheduled weekly wine conversation), and the theme was - you guessed it - Pinot Noir.
Located in the Designated Origin (DO) Yecla, which is within the Region of Murcia, Spain, Bodegas Señorio de Barahonda is a state-of-the-art winery that has an interesting four-generation history.
I tried my first ever 100 percent Monastrell (a 2012 La Purísima Monastrell) at this winery, and I was instantly taken back by its excellent qualities and fruity freshness.
There are three Designated Origin (DO) wine growing areas within the Region of Murcia, Spain: Yecla, Jumilla and Bullas. The first DO we focused on during a recent media trip to Murcia was Yecla.
It was 93 degrees in Oregon's Willamette Valley today. What's a wine gal to do on a steamy hot summer day like today? It's simple: open a Youngberg Hill 2012 Pinot Blanc, pour some into a stemless Riedel, and plant oneself into an Adirondack...shoes off, feet up. Swirl. Sip. Savor. It's the ultimate way to end a summer day.
More impressive than I could have ever imagined, the Murcia Region of Spain has outstanding wine, unmatched beauty in both the city and rural areas, seriously savory foods and welcoming, friendly people.
Appealing to us locavores, Costco has a great selection of local wines from Oregon and Washington that I've only begun to tackle. The bottle that had immediately caught my attention was the Evolution 16th Edition by Sokol Blosser Winery.
Horse Heaven Hills AVA is part of the larger and well-known Columbia Valley AVA and is located in southeastern Washington, bordering Yakima Valley to the north and the Columbia River to the south.
Back in February, big news broke in Oregon's wine industry: Two 40 foot containers, about 27,000 bottles, equaling 2,200 cases of Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris departed the Port of Portland for South Korea. Being the largest shipment in Oregon’s history, a door was opened for Oregon to a growing Korean market.
One of my favorite days from the entire #winegirlsgetaway was the very last day - spent in pursuit of the ultimate Seattle Bloody Mary. We called it The Bloody Mary Showdown in Seattle.
Attending industry tastings gives me the chance to try countless Pinot Noirs from all over Oregon. Ranging mostly from $30-$75 dollars, each is delicious and offers distinct flavor characteristics which are brought on by the area where the grapes are grown - there is great diversity in the Willamette Valley alone.willamette valley
Planned around the upcoming 6th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference, being held in Canada's Okanagan Valley wine region, Michele and I decided we would add a few days around the conference in order to explore surrounding areas that neither of us have ever been to.
After 14 years at the 5th Street Market in downtown Eugene, the LaVelle Family has announced they are changing the location of their tasting room to the International Marketplace at 400 International Way just off of I-5 at Beltline Road.
With years of winemaking under his belt, a California start led Terry Brandborg, and his wife Sue, on a path to Oregon with a destination where cool climate Pinot Noir thrives. Terry's winemaking philosopy has not changed much over the years.