Monday, November 29, 2010

Good News for Cana's Feast

Cana's Feast Winery's 2008 Meredith Mitchell Pinot Noir earned 90 pts from Wine Spectator! Great job Patrick!!

I always enjoy visiting and tasting there. Try the big reds!


Belle Vallée Cellars For First Thursday

As the holiday season moves into full swing, Belle Vallée Cellars would like to inform you of some upcoming specials and events in the Tasting Room.
Continuing our weekly featured wine program, Belle Vallée's side label, The Corvallis Wine Company Pinot noir will be offered at a steal for $79.99/case from 11/26-12/2!
First Thursday!
The place to be on the first Thursday of every month is down town.  This coming First Thursday (12/2), the Belle Vallée Tasting Room will host fused glass artist Claire Magee.  Take a stroll down town and enjoy local arts.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Oregon wins! Boise Loses!!!

Could not happen to a nicer bunch of guys, I am talking about Boise State of coures. Hubris does it again.
We drank a bottle of LaVelle 2009 Chardonnay sourced from the Columbia Valley. Great tasting with a little, and I do mean a little oak, kind of like a really dry martinee when you just wave the Vermouth over the shaaker.
It retains a nice crisp feel and slightly chill, was a perfect foil for our white cheeses and apples. We will drink this one again.
Latter we opened a bottle of Giradet Baco Noir '06 Reserve. Linda was less than impressed but she likes her wines a little more easy to deal with. I like a chalenge so this one waas mine.Lots of plum and black fruit with a little bite. Very strong prune after taste.
Great with roasted meats and fall vegetables.
Go Ducks!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving in Wine Country

It has become a real tradition for all of the wineries to open their doors to the public on this special weekend. The list is to long to put here but if you look over to your left you will see a huge table of wineries to visit all over the state.
Have a great Thanksgiving and buy lots of wine this weekend!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Last chance to get 2009 Viognier from Cowhorn

Our good friend Bill is running out of one of our favorites! Posted from Cowhorn's site:

You may ask, "Why on Earth are they saying goodbye to a vintage that just released?" Well, as soon as the word got out how little 2009 Viognier we made, Club COWHORN members, sommeliers, and wine shops made a run on the winery leaving us with less than half.
Our site's rocky soil and cold climate bring some brilliant flavor out of the white Rhône varietals growing here at COWHORN. While much of our Viognier is reserved for Spiral 36, a blend that includes equal parts Marsanne and Roussanne, we always set some aside for a small production. With just 13 cases left at last count, it won't last long.

> Read 2009 Viognier Notes

Nice Blog about Biggio Hamina

I am a big fan of Todd's wines and his way of approaching wine making. His wines are consistently good and his Pinot Gris is no exception. Though I do like most Oregon Pinot Gris, here is another opinion.
Here is a blog from "Beyond the Bottle"
I am not a big fan of Oregon Pinot gris, as most seem monochromatic to me. I rarely buy it, opting instead for more interesting white varieties from the state such as Chardonnay and Riesling. My subjective palate even finds Pinot blanc more intriguing than most Pinot gris.
The Biggio Hamina 2009 Pinot Grigio Cougar's Mark Vineyard Willamette Valley (12.9%) is an exception and- more

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Weddings in the Vines

Youngburg Hill, along with Willamette Valley Vineyards, David Hill, Ponzi, and some others are featured in Oregon Bride magazine as a place for your wedding.
I have been to most of these places and can't think of a better way to make your vows than surrounded by the bounty and beauty of Oregon's best product!
Linda and I got married at Chateau Loraine on the shores of Lake Louis and it will always be a wonderful memory! The wine was great also!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Next wave of Oregon Wine

I have decided to attempt yet another year of  "One Bottle Project" and will be bothering all the wineries in Oregon for one bottle for the next few months.