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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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Lignification, Maceration, and Malolactic Fermentation, Oh My!

I feel like Dorothy in Oz-Land when I start thinking about all of the terminology that my winemaker friends use about their vineyards. This weekend, head spinning, I sorted out a few terms with the experts. Try these on for size, like Dorothy’s ruby slippers. If they don’t take you home, at least drop them [...]

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Chocolate and Dry Red Wine - Yuck

Wine Police Part III: Chocolate & Dry Red Wine – Yuck

After yesterday’s post about whether chocolate is actually IN wine, we follow up with our taste test of wine AND chocolate. Hint: YUCK. Among the heinous acts perpetrated by humans, pairing dry red wine with chocolate doesn’t even rank. But, in the context of the tiny crimes that wine drinkers commit daily – like pouring [...]

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Does Wine Really Have Chocolate In It?

Letter to Avalon: “Dear Northwest Wine, Hello. My name is Marc.  I have a question.  While reading the review for The Owen Roe 1973 Block Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon, the writer says,”Rich components of dark chocolate, anise, vanilla, and sarsaparilla come together in a uniquely elegant and refined texture” as well as many other flavors [...]

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Oregon Winemaking OUR Way

According to a study released in 2011, the Oregon wine industry supports nearly fifteen thousand jobs statewide and brings in more than 2.7 billion in revenue per year. The more our industry grows, I believe, the more it becomes evident how differently we do things here. It is more than a quaint fact that we [...]

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Champagne with Biscuits & Gravy

The Wine Police Pt. II As I stated in a recent blog post, most people still believe that pairing food and wine is sacred territory upon which only board certified sommeliers and tenured chefs should tread. This led me to think about pushing the boundaries a bit further and to try a pairing that is [...]

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Instant Gratification Oregon Pinots

We need more instant gratification Pinots, like Belle Pente’s 2009 single vineyard wines. Sure, it’s great to age Oregon Pinots in vintages like 2008 and 2010, but sometimes you just want to crack open a beautiful bottle and know it’s ready. Belle Pente Murto and Estate Vineyard 09s are strutting like a peacock. This is [...]

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Two Biggies – Homer and La Source

Two of the real “biggies” of Oregon Pinot noir are here. Shea’s Homer Pinot noir is their very best wine bottled as the “home run” of the lineup.  Evening Land La Source is the third vintage of Pinot noir from a winery whose iconoclastic owner is reinventing the way you think about Oregon wine. Shea’s [...]

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Oregon Wine – No more wine from Avalon?

If House bill H.R. 5034 is passed in Congress, Avalon might as well pack up and go home. This bill would limit consumer choice and essentially ban us from shipping wine. Here’s a good article about it I haven’t ever used our blog to push any kind of political thing, but this is pretty bad [...]

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