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Oregon Wine: 2012 Rosé of Pinot noir – Carpe Diem

Of all Oregon wines, the Rosés tend to come and go most quickly. Add that to the fact that these are from the highly anticipated 2012 vintage, and you need to grab them while you can. Carpe diem. From Oregon’s phenomenal 2012 vintage, we recommend J.K. Carriere’s “Glass” – the gold standard for Oregon Rosés. [...]

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Oregon Wine Review: Beaux Freres Les Cousins 2011

Beaux Freres is one of the first places I think of when Oregon wine comes up in the conversation. Meeting Mike Etzel in 1993 was a touchstone, a marker in time. Watching his development as a winemaker and grapegrower has educated and inspired me. Since 1988 Mike Etzel has walked his land and grown his [...]

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Oregon Wine: January Wine Club Newsletter | Northwest Wine

Northwest Wine’s  January Oregon Wine Club Newsletter is out. All Club wines are 15% off retail for members. Read the January Newsletter  HERE. Wines this month include: Oregon Reserve Pinot noir Club Soter Mineral Springs Ranch 2010 Stevenson Barrie Shea Vineyard 2009 Oregon Insider’s Pinot noir Club Brigadoon Eola Amity Hills 2010 Walter Scott La [...]

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Turducken: The Name Says it All

“You may remember a few weeks ago when we wrote on these pages about pairing champagne with biscuits and gravy. It seems that article may have opened a Pandora’s Box of sorts – since then we’ve been challenged almost constantly to up the wine pairing ante. So, in the spirit of rising to meet the [...]

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Sweet Earth Pinot noir

Robyn’s “House Pinot” – Sweet Earth Vineyards

Welcome guest writer Robyn Lillehei! Forecast: heavy rain, gusts of wind to 30mph for three days, possibility of resulting landslides. So begin the Holidays in the Oregon Coast Range! In an overt effort to stave off seasonal anxiety, we served up our favorite flavor bullets tonight, honored by Sweet Earth Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010. Steady [...]

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Adopt a Northwest Bubbly

If sparkling wines so powerfully evoke celebratory feelings, why do we (Americans) only drink them on special occasions? As a wine store owner, I see customers fill up their baskets with sparkling wine during the holiday season. But the rest of the year, these wines merely trickle out – a bottle here for an anniversary, [...]

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Best Under $25 Oregon Pinot noirs

Holiday Oregon Wines Under $25

If you plan on including wine in your gift-giving this year – even if it’s for your own stocking – I recommend taking a look at this under twenty-five list. A mixed case of these wines is a great way to help your loved ones forget about the coal you gave them last year. To [...]

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Oregon Ghouls & Goblins Drink Pinot noir

Unless the Gregorian Calendar isn’t your thing, you’re probably aware that early October is solidly underway. October, that slow golden minx of the fall, is a month that plays many roles: end of summer milepost, harvest provider, surprise giver of warm days and perhaps most significantly, we remember October as the month that thought it [...]

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Broadley Speaking….

It has been thirty-two years since Claudia and Craig Broadley settled in Monroe, Oregon, fresh off the trail from the bay area in search of fertile ground for their Pinot Noir dreams. Oregon has changed a lot since those early ‘shoestring’ days at Broadley Vineyards, not least of all at their own estate. These days [...]

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Speculators Say – Buy 2012

With so much money resting upon both the quantity and quality of each year’s grape harvest in Oregon, the din of speculators can be heard as early as March in some years. Keep in mind that this is before bud break and long before the first grapes have appeared on any vines. The truth is [...]

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