Good Luck Washington Wines

Happy Friday the 13th! The best way to avoid bad luck and hockey-mask-wearing slashers is to protect yourself with cult Washington white wine. Weird, I know, but it actually works! Seriously, today’s wines – an awe-striking 39 year-old vine Chenin blanc and a rich Chardonnay from a white-hot winery – are Washington whites you want [...]

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Owen Roe Union Gap View

Owen Roe Yakima Valley View

  View from Owen Roe’s Union Gap Vineyard into Washington’s Yakima Valley.

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Congrats Owen Roe Winery

Wine Spectator 93 points Owen Roe 2009 Slide Mountain Cabernet Franc!    

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Wild horse in eastern Washington State

News From Owen Roe Winery

My conversation with Owen Roe owner and winemaker David O’Reilly began with his vivid description of wild horses he’s seen running near the 1973 Block of Washington’s Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima, Washington. The breathtaking vision is just another reason he loves the hills of central Washington. above: wild horse on the plains west of [...]

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Oregon’s Lumos Pinot gris Top Ten!

Oregon winery Lumos Wines’ Pinot gris 2011 is one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top Ten Wines for July 4th. The Chron says: “Before Organic was cool…Dai Crisp was making great wines in Oregon. Enjoy its floral aromas and creamy soft palate.” We say: “Aromas of pear, citrus and peach. The winery calls it “fruit salad [...]

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Dominique Lafon

Oregon Wine News July 3 2012

Evening Land Purchases French Winery Robert Parker on Glassware Evening Land Vineyards purchases French winery Chateau de Bligny in Bligny-les-Beaune. The French facility will act as a European distribution facility for the Oregon based winery. Evening Land makes several wines in France that are sold in the US and abroad, sharing space with consulting winemaker [...]

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Wine Barrels and Oregon Wine

The best winemakers will tell you: after their wine is made, the big decision is the barrel. Winemakers choose their winemaking tools carefully: fermenters, sorting tables, yeast, etc. – and nothing elicits more time and thought than the choice of barrels. Two Oregon winemakers who take particular interest in their barrels are Mystic Wines’ Rick [...]

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Changes at Grochau Cellars

Oregon winery Grochau Cellars is moving from the Portland winery John Grochau shared with Boedecker Winery to McMinnville. In downtown “Mac” he will share space with Marcus Goodfellow’s Matello and Love and Squalor wineries. We asked John what prompted the move. He says: “a few things came together. Last year we noticed we were running [...]

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Musical Chairs at Portland’s Urban Wineries

PDX Urban Wineries & the SE Wine Collective Make Changes PDX Urban Wineries, the Guild Collective, , SE Wine Collective, Portland Wine Project – the Portland urban wine scene is growing, and the wineries are moving around like musical chairs. PDX  is “an association of wineries happy to produce wines in Portland, Oregon.” PDX wineries [...]

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Rasa Vox Populi: Voice of the People

“Rasa” means terroir or “essence” in Sanskrit, and is used as slang to mean “juice.” Given the importance of place to Billo and Pinto in crafting their wines, it is a perfect name for their winery. Rasa’s Vox Populi Mourvedre is a creation of popular demand. It was intended to be part of the blend [...]

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