Fresh like almost-ripe fruit, this Pinot Gris cuts through food with a clean and refreshing finish.
Notes of stone fruit, apple and citrus travel from the nose to the palate on Solena Estates’s 2011 Pinot Gris. Like the mist from a fresh squeezed lemon, the wine puckers with just a touch of tart acidity but reveals a nice balance with mineral notes.
Hand crafted by Laurent Montalieu, the winemaker and co-founder of Northwest Wine Company, this wine is one that you’ll want to keep coming back to time and time again. Just look out, sharing can be difficult.
This is just the first of six reviews featuring Laurent Montalieu’s wines. Look for more about the Northwest Wine Company and Solena Estate in the upcoming weeks!
Portland really is becoming known as the center of the foodie universe. From the Willamette Valley’s famous Pinot Noir to the city’s urban craft breweries and some of the world’s freshest produce and meat markets, the city embodies culinary culture. This February 4th, join me at the FoodWorx Conference to experience the bounty of food tourism in Oregon.
Learn about the future of food and its impact on health, environment and the economy and of course enjoy some delicious small bites throughout the day. Whether you’re just a casual foodie or you work in the industry, you’ll find a lot to chew on at FoodWorx.
A robust red blend that is everything but forgettable.
If you are looking for a red blend that is more than table wine, then this is it! Dark like the longest day of winter (which happens to be the day I drank this bottle), Casey Flat Ranch’s Estate Red Wine features rustic tones of earth, tobacco and plum. Awaking with floral tones and black fruit, it develops and expands on the palate. The balanced acidity and tannins offer a nice mouthfeel while the medium body allows you to keep drinking glass after glass. Surprisingly delicious and perfect for a winter night, the Estate Red is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc.
Casey Flat Ranch, located just a short drive from Sacramento in the Capay Valley, is a small winery and vineyard with country-wide, family values. On 24-acres of sustainable vineyards, the winery is only a modest portion of the 6000-acre western ranch, which also includes a longhorn cattle operation. As stewards of the land, the owners use farming techniques and materials that emphasize water and soil conservation.
Hand crafting an estate red blend and Sauvignon Blanc, Casey Flat Ranch really focuses on flavor and the resulting wine easily shows their devotion.
Strawberry like summer, this Rose will make you blush.
A mouthwatering anomaly, Rose of Pinot Noir has always been one of my favorite bottles to pour with food and this bottle by Ghost Hill Cellars is definitely not an exception. With subtle fruit that sprouts with each sip, the wine features notes of strawberry and rhubarb yet backs up the palate with bright acidity and a dry finish, which makes easy to pair with foods across the table.
Taste Ghost Hill’s Rose of Pinot Noir at Fox Farm Vineyards’ downtown Newberg tasting room. Open noon to 8pm daily.
A layered wine featuring both fruit and earth tones.
After coupon cutting, fighting for parking spots and rushing around from store to store on Black Friday, I came home put up my feet and relax with a glass of Amity Vineyards 2007 Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir. While it opened a little tight, the wine after 20 minutes started to reveal its many layers. The dark maroon wine started with aromas of blue fruit, raspberry and licorice. On the palate, it sipped with notes of raspberry and plum then transitioned to light earth, sauteed mushrooms and a finish of sweet cinnamon. With medium-low acidity, this Amity Vineyard’s Pinot Noir drank silky smooth and helped to ease away the rough edges of the day.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I popped open a bottle of Pinot Noir apply named “Gratitude.” And this year I have more to be thankful for than just great wine! Beside my family and friends, I am very thankful to R. Stuart Wine Company this year for helping me to create this almost one of a kind (it’s 1 or 12) bottle of Oregon wine!
Last summer, I attended the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland and after the event, R. Stuart and Wine Co invited a handful of bloggers out to their McMinnville winery to blend our own bottles of Pinot Noir. And oh my, was it fun! Read my blog post “Blending Wine at R. Stuart & Co. Winery” to learn more about the experience.
After a year and a half, I finally worked up the nerve to open a bottle of the Pinot and, man, am I grateful that it also turned out awesome!
The aroma sparkles with notes of raspberries, black cherries and a touch of earthy spice and leads into a light bodied, fruit forward pinot with bright acidity. Finishing with touch of cola, the wine lingers on the palate without weighing it down and opens the door for fantastic food pairings. Good thing I have a second bottle!
Thanks to the folks at R. Stuart for hosting a great event and making my team’s dream bottle of “Gratitude” come to life!
What are you thankful for this year? What bottle of wine are you going to celebrate with?
Deep in color and rich in flavor, this pinot is as friendly as it gets.
A blend of five vineyard sites around the Willamette Valley, the 2011 Fox Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir showcases the best flavors of the valley throughout the palate – even though its still a young wine! Robust yet delicate, the wine features notes of dark cherry and plum plus a lovely touch of spice. The aroma teases the nose with a boutique of mocha and dry flowers.
Visit Fox Farm Vineyards in downtown Newberg daily from noon – 8pm and hang out for awhile. David the owner is almost always in the tasting room and no stop is complete without hearing all his great stories!
A young Pinot Noir with full fruit flavor and no fuss.
Featuring notes of strawberry and raspberry backed by earth tones and a touch of fig, Division Winemaking Company’s 2012 Pinot Noir “Quatre” shows off layers from its 75% whole cluster fermentation. With only 40 cases of this wine, I highly recommend picking up a bottle for a special night. It even tastes better via candlelight at St. Jacks.
An urban winery with a clear focus on quality Oregon wine, Division, based in SE Portland, crafts Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Gamay for city slickers and neighborhood hipsters alike. Try their wines at the SE Wine Collective.
If you missed Lenne’s last dirty event, you are in luck. They are at it again. Come out to Lenne Estate and discover why they say “soil is everything!”
Enjoy a blind tasting of eight high-end Oregon Pinot Noirs and learn how terroir, the soul and the essence of the wine, influences its flavor profile. The event will showcase four wines from the Dundee Hills and four from Yamhill-Carlton. Sample each and learn how volcanic soil differs from sedimentary soil.
With the big din coming up quick, it’s time to get your table (and wine list) set. So as you are preparing your grocery list, cleaning the fire place and shopping for a new table cloth, add these simple crafts to the line up to make the day delightfully crafty!