A Delightful Balance of Old and New — 2012 Left Coast Truffle Hill Chardonnay

This inviting lush chardonnay is well-balanced, medium-bodied and easy to drink.

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Cheers to Sunshine and Lavelle Vineyards’ Wines

As spring and summer start to roll in, wineries all around Oregon are releasing their new vintages and serving up customer favorites. For Memorial Day weekend, I visited LaVelle Vineyards at its tasting bar in the Fifth Street Public Market and enjoyed their 2012 Chardonnay and 2010 Northwest Duet. Lavelle’s new Chardonnay featured lovely fruit-forward…

4 Wines to Drink While Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Hours and hours of time are spent each holiday season perusing the grocery store isles for that perfect wine to serve with the golden bird. Yet only 15 minutes – if that – is spent savoring that pairing before elbows start to fly, chatter commences and the cranberry sauce and gravy start to blend. So…

A Wicked Pairing: Halloween and Wine

From sexy costumes to sultry chocolates, Halloween has turned up its “hellish hot” dial in the past few decades – at least for those over the age of 21. Now instead of the ghoulish goblins and villainous vampires (and anyone dressed up as a character from the Twilight series doesn’t count), on all hallows eve…

A Helpful Harvest at Kramer Vineyards

As the grapes plump with sugar and the vine leaves turn toward the sun’s warmth, harvest season 2012 rolls through Oregon. Heading out to wine country in the north Willamette Valley, I volunteered my time and hands at Kramer Vineyards as the fields spread out in fully fall glory. Walking the rows of Chardonnay with…

3 White Wines to Beat the Heat

Awww….summer is in full swing here in Oregon. This week blessed us with over 90 degree weather for multiple days in a row. That means lake time, barbeque, park reading…and lots of chilled white wine. So to say cheers to all my fellow sun worshipers out there, here are three white wines to help beat…

Patio Wine Sipping at Benton-Lane Winery

Last week I enjoyed the sunshine with some wine on the back patio of Benton-Lane Winery with a few co-workers and the winery owners, Steve and Carol Girard. Their oak-fermented 2009 Chardonnay paired wonderfully with the rays of gold light as well as their light and crisp 2011 Pinot Noir Rose. If you are looking…

Celebrating Oregon Wine

To kick off Oregon Wine Month, the Oregon Wine Board set loose more than 80 wineries on Portland’s Leftbank Annex on April 29 for an evening of unforgettable tastings all under one roof. With representatives from all the wine regions across the state, the tasting event, UnWine’d, served up samples to celebrate the industry and…

2009 Lemelson Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay

This past winter, I had the joy of visiting Lemelson Vineyards and sampling their award-winning wines for an article I wrote for Take Root Magazine. Located in the north Willamette Valley near the town of Carlton, Lemelson Vineyards specializes in Pinot noir grown proudly from certified organic vineyards. Owned by Eric Lemelson, the winery produces…