Archive for the ‘Oregon’ Category

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The Vineyard Economic Symposium ~ Half a Day’s Worth and I Was Running to My Computer

This is a wine blog, not a trade magazine, so my take of Wine Business Monthly’s ~  Vineyard Economic Symposium ~ is really that of being a fly on the wall, not to get the best investment strategy. The room  was full of economists, not my average American wine clients or audience. I had to really shift my thinking […]

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Aberrant’s Winemaker Eric Eide tells it like it is in Oregon for the past month.

Working with great winemakers is delightful. Just as the days when I was in rock radio, there were stars that I constantly rubbed shoulders with, now the stars are winemakers. When moving to California, I turned my attention to some quieter stars, who are all as equally as talented, but in a different science. Just […]

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The Curious Oregon Pinot Gris

IMAGE Copyright: rfoxfoto / 123RF Stock Photo Pinot Gris is a mutation of Pinot Noir. In a blind tasting, when placed with other white varieties, look for the telltale pink rim around the edge of the glass. You’ll guess this one correctly every time, and people will think you’re a genius for being spot on. […]

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Aberrant Wine Cellars ~ Eric Eide Artisan Winemaker

Quirky is how I think of Eric Eide of Aberrant Cellars, in the best possible way. When in rock n’roll radio, I had my own set of stars. Today’s stars are just as talented, but in the world of wine. Both music and wine need to be in a perfect balance of art and science […]

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Wine of the Week: Evolution Wines ~ Constantly Evolving

Mindful tasting is paying attention to the flavor, smell, and texture of a wine, and noticing how it makes you feel. Writing about wine, given these parameters, then becomes a lot of fun. Evolution Wine is here to deliver the party to the party… E Wines’ Philosophy Since its introduction by Dundee, Oregon based Sokol […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Sokol Blosser of Dayton Oregon

On one of our trips to Oregon, to visit with the Oak Knoll Winery Boys (Greg Lint and Jeff Herinckx), Jose and I were taken to Sokol Blosser Winery, to see what it’s like. We got there just at closing, so we didn’t get to taste. But the winery… Oh, so lovely to see, as […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Evolution Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine from Oregon? A new one for me, I have to admit. So this was intriguing. How was it? Evolution Sparkling Wine was a delightful surprise. I really shouldn’t have been surprised, though. I first met people from Sokol Blosser Winery, the parent company, when I was producing Pinot Gris symposiums for our client […]

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Oregon Pinot Gris ~ Oregon’s Second Largest Grape Crop

Keynote Speaker Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast magazine said, “Stop with the Alsace and Italy comparisons. It’s time to talk Oregon!”

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There’s something so visceral about a new client ~ Aberrant Cellars

Aberrant Cellars, a Willamette Valley wine producer… Hello Pinot Noir and Pursuing the Profound ab·er·rant ˈabərənt,əˈberənt/ adjective: aberrant departing from an accepted standard. Biology diverging from the normal type. This was the birth of Aberrant Cellars… This is brand is a combination of old world, new world, and some modern attitude. From his Website: Introducing: […]

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Get Your Gris On – Think Appetizers

On November 14 and 15, 2015, Oak Knoll Winery is again getting its Gris on. Long standing proponent of Oregon Pinot Gris, Oak Knoll Winery has historically supported this variety. And, it has good reason to do so… Pinot Gris is the state’s largest wine grape crop. Many would love to have Chardonnay catch up […]