Stoller Family Estate’s Tempranillo Rose

   Light, refreshing and endlessly sippable.   Warm weather welcomes a blush to the cheeks and pink wine for the glass, so pour a rose and savor the start of summer. For my first glass of the season, I popped open this bottle from Stoller Family Estate, which I acquired at a wine club event last…

2010 Hyland Estates’ Pinot Noir

Love at first sip. There was no mood lighting. No fancy bar with a white moose head or chandelier. No sexy bartender with deep green eyes to get lost in or vivacious vineyard views. Just me, my teal travel mug, a bag of microwave popcorn and this wondrous wine, Hyland Estates’ 2010 Pinot Noir. And you…

2011 Solena Estate Pinot Gris

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…

2011 Ghost Hill Pinot Noir Rose

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…

2007 Amity Vineyards Pinot Noir

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…

Fox Farm Vineyards’ 2011 Pinot Noir

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…

Youngberg Hill’s Pinot Blanc

This crisp, citrusy white wine is an instant summer classic! If you closed your eyes and breathed in the aromas of Youngberg‘s Pinot Blanc, you’d think you were waking up on a lake shore with the wind softy blowing at sunrise. It’s aromatic notes of grapefruit, grass and petrol swift through leaving only summer lingering…

Moving on with Kramer Wines

I recently moved to a new house in Portland out on the East side with two strangers from Craigslist. To celebrate and get to know each other, I opened a trio of some of my favorite wines by Kramer Vineyards. Like my new roommates, each of the wines brought a new flavor and flare to…

2009 Amity Vineyards’ Pinot Noir

Drink up Oregon wine county’s rich history in Amity Vineyards’ Pinot Noir. One of their two ECO-Wines, Amity Vineyard’s 2009 Pinot Noir is bright and green with notes of cherry, red fruit, cola and a little fresh earth. The color, like squished black cherries, and aroma of black licorice and spiced cherry cobbler, make the…

2011 R. Stuart Bigfire Pinot Gris

Crisp, bright and cool, this Oregon white has it going on in all the right places. R. Stuart’s Bigfire Pinot Gris with its juicy fruit flavors – pear, apple and a little liche – welcomes in spring for your palate like sunshine and showers for the daffodils. Easy to drink and refreshing, this white wine…

2010 R. Stuart Vignette Pinot Noir

Rich in color but with a light mouth feel, this Pinot Noir is inspiration on the palate. If you have writers block, pick up a bottle of R. Stuart’s Vignette Pinot Noir. With its signature calligraphy label, the Pinot Noir will leave your mind raving with its silky body and notes of soft earth, chocolate…

Pink Panda Packs a Punch with Bubbly

Just because this wine is pretty in pink, don’t think it doesn’t bring a sucker punch. Packed with fruit flavors but without the headache, hangover sweetness, Pink Panda plays and pours for those who are not looking for a serious wine. A demi-sec sparkling Rose made by Naked Rebel Winery in California, Pink Panda features…