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Eyrie Chardonnay 1970-2007 Vertical Tasting

Eyrie Vineyards hosted a tasting of 37 vintages of their Chardonnay last week- 1970 through 2007. It was unforgettable.  Jason Lett spent weeks updating Eyrie’s cellar. He tasted through over 1500 bottles of wine from 1970 through the 2000′s, removing the flawed bottles and recorking those still good. In some vintages, over 50% of the [...]

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Mildew, Sunburn, and Voles Oh My!

OSU has released its 2009 guide to Pest Management for Wine Grapes – and a quick scan makes me wonder how anyone grows any grapes at all. For would-be winery owners with visions of their own Pinot vineyard, this PDF is a sobering “must-read”. If, as many of the best winemakers declare “the wine is [...]

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SF Examiner on Belle Pente

Belle Pente’s wines are personal favorites of mine. Brian is, like many other Oregon wine visionaries, a low key winemaker pursuing a personal path and crafting his wines without a lot of attention paid to the prevailing style (i.e. what gets the high Wine Spec ratings). Here’s what the SF Examiner said: “Belle Pente Cellars [...]

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Washington State Now 95%

Seattle PI reports today that, as of Sunday, Washington State winemakers will have  ”A requirement that Washington-labeled wines have at least 95 percent of the grapes used in the production of the wine be grown in the state. Under current rules, the liquor control board allows a wine to be labeled with a note of [...]

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Oregon Winery Dogs – Beaux Freres

I visit wineries every Friday and Avalon’s official wine dog, Buffy, always comes along. Every stop is punctuated by some combination of dog greetings, a quick stop in the vineyard for a couple of grapes, and a crazy dash through the winery, around the barrels, and into the tasting room for a petting. Buffy is [...]

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Ken Wright Cellars – His “Angela” Nom de Plume

Everyone knows Ken Wright’s highly regarded Pinot noirs. made at his winery, Ken Wright Cellars. Ken also makes Pinot noir for several wineries under their winery names. Angela Pinot noir 07 $51.95/$46.76 :  Angela is a single Pinot Noir produced by Ken Wright for the owners of Clawson Creek Vineyard, in the Yamhill-Carlton appellation of [...]

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Quercus Winery Owner’s New Gig

Michael Beckley, owner and winemaker of Quercus/Harmonia wines, made his final vintage in 2007. Pinot noir lovers across the country are sad – the wines were great. We still have a little bit left, then it’s only a memory… Michael is now a full time musician, playing with his group, Bluestar Express. Bluestar Express is [...]

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When Work is Fun – 2008 Oregon Pinots

When work is fun… Most people think I live a charmed life. I get to talk wine all day and I tasted an eight-wine flight before 11 am today. There’s plenty of enjoyment to it. The real fun begins with a Pinot vintage like 2008. With every new bottle or barrel of 2008 Oregon Pinot [...]

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O’Reilly’s Pinot gris Note

O’Reilly’s Pinot gris 07 $10.95: “Smoky and earthy, the highly concentrated fruit yields tremendous flavor, but flavor that is highly complimentary with traditional brunch items: smoked hams and bacons, maple, cheese.” by Brett Ashley McKenzie, Examiner.com (The article shows $14.99 a bottle, $10.95 is correct).

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Quote of Note – Pinot noir

On Pinot noir: “It’s the most feminine of the reds. It’s not rough or coarse or powerful, but it is hedonistic. The aroma and the flavor are silken and sexy. It has the living aroma of a lightly sweaty man – he’s run one mile, not five – its texture is like silk, and its [...]

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