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Oregon Wine – Wine Spec 92 for Et Fille Kalita

One of the best values for the price in 2008 Oregon Pinot noir just got 92 points from Wine Spectator: Et Fille Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Kalita Vineyard 2008 92 points | $38 | 206 cases made | Red Light in texture, intense in flavor, with a candied edge to the raspberry, apricot and orange [...]

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Yummy – de Lancellotti’s Farm to Fork

Pig to Sausage, Tractor to Stove, Cow to Tableware, Cod to Chowder, Grape to Jug, and finally – Dundee’s Farm to Fork. The ONLY thing I’m not in love with is the name of Kendall and Paul de Lancellotti’s yummy restaurant. The possible pairings swim around in my head and I can’t remember which set [...]

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Volkman’s Breakthrough Year and Servants Peeling Grapes

Two breakthroughs at Laura Volkman Vineyard this year – her 2008 Pinots, and her dogs. And high class Roman empire style tourism fits in here too. Laura’s “breakthrough” is pretty easy to understand – in this economic climate, with so much wine dumped on the market, her new wines are already mostly sold out. And [...]

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Oregon Wine- Battened Down and Ready for a Break

Turns out the 11 degree weather in the valley last week was no problem for dormant vines. Melissa, at Patty Green Cellars, says that “if we were at bud break, or such, it would have been different”. Oregon wineries are shutting down for the winter, closing tasting rooms and letting employees take needed vacations.  The [...]

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Oregon Wine – 19 Degrees and Vines – What’s the Damage

It’s been much, much colder than usual in the Willamette Valley for the last five days. I had 19 degrees (F) on my outdoor thermometer yesterday morning. Plus, it’s really, really dry. Our cold weather is almost always wet. Maybe snow, and usually rain – constant, dripping rain. Thus the many jokes about Oregonians, moss, [...]

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Oregon Wine – 17 Cases of Ambrosia- Amalie Robert Viognier

Dena Drews and Ernie Pink brought their 2008 Amalie Robert Viognier by the store Friday.  It is exquisite. They made a half barrel – about 16 cases, and it’s pretty clear that Robert would rather they keep it all for their cellar.  With good reason. There’s so much mediocre Viognier out there – blousey, high [...]

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Oregon Wine – New Indie Wineries You’ll Want to Know

As winter nears and darkness falls at four in the afternoon here in Oregon, wineries release more new wines than any other time of the year. Every day brings us a new batch of wine samples to taste. We go through many, many wines this time of year, searching for the combination of great flavors [...]

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Oregon Wine – Cleveland Likes It

In today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer, an article on wines to go with Thanksgiving includes two Oregon wines, out of about ten total. I bet this has something to do with Oregon Pinot Camp. What a good thing it has been for Oregon wine. Oregon Pinot Camp brings wine writers and wine buyers to Oregon for [...]

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Oregon Wine – The Bat Left Me Spellbound – Dominio IV

One of the best “trade” tastings each year happened last week. It’s all Oregon wineries and some of the best – both well known (Beaux Freres, Penner Ash), and some lesser known up-and-comers. One of the standouts for me was Dominio IV. Dominio IV, a small winery down the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge, [...]

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Oregon Wine – Antica Terra Pinot noir 07 – Parker 92

One of our favorite winemakers, Antica Terra’s irrepressible Maggie Harrison, received high compliments from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate today. Jay Miller, writing for the publication, rated Maggie’s 2007 Antica Terra Pinot noir 92 points, and her “Botanica” 07 93 points. While the Botanica is long gone (35 cases made), we still have the sophisticated Antica Terra Pinot [...]

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