Swedish Hills Blue Water’s Chardonnay

While Utah is Zion to some, it’s a wine-lover’s hell. Going on a year and half in this desert oasis, I’ve been on a bit of a wine hiatus and missing it dreadfully. Luckily for me, I have some great friends around the country and few near some great wine. One of my oldest-friends who…

A Crowd Pleaser: Cline Family Cellar’s Chardonnay

This past weekend, I got together with two of my girlfriends from college to watch our alma mater play football. While we no longer live in the same city, we try to still see each other on occasion. Life has gotten busy. We are aren’t the same college kids as when we met. But no…

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…

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…