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…

Foodworx Conference: Food for the Future

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…

2009 Casey Flat Ranch Estate Red Wine

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,…

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…

2011 R. Stuart Blogger’s Blend

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…

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…

Division’s 2012 Pinot Noir “Quatre”

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…

Dig into Oregon Wine

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….

7 Thanksgiving Table Cork Crafts

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! 1. Cork Place Cards 2….

Real World Wines by Union Wine Company

Wines for the real world, Union Wine Co invites you to sip, savor or even throw a soiree with their delectable pours. Crafted from some of the oldest Riesling vineyards in Oregon (1968), the Kings Ridge Riesling by Union Wine Company lets loose with flavors of apple, stone fruit and a flinty finish. Without being…