Ringing in the New Year with Lenne Estate’s Pinot Noir

It’s been a whirl-wind few months being back in Oregon. This fall, we moved two states, finally got into a new apartment, I started a new job, we’ve been searching for wedding venues for next year, and have spent lots of time on Oregon’s highways visiting friends and family. After two months on the go,…

A Family Picnic at Brigadoon Winery

This laid back, quiet spot nestled in valley was an ideal spot to spend a Sunday afternoon with my young family.

Best Pairing of the Summer: Mad Violets Riesling with Grilled Oysters

A bright and fruity Riesling with a pair-perfect attitude.  Sourced from the oldest Riesling vineyard in the Willamette Valley at Maresh Vineyard, Mad Violets Riesling develops with layers of flavors. Easing in with aromas of lemons and apricots, the wine flirts around as if its in a love triangle with sweet and tart. Vibrant on…

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…

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…

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…

Illahe’s 2012 Rose of Tempranillo

Pink is the new black in Oregon and Illahe’s Rose is the hippest of them all! A pale salmon pink, Illahe’s Rosé of Tempranillo features aromas of cherries followed by equally as delicious notes of strawberry, dry flowers and spice on the palate. Balancing the delicate flavors, the wine pinched the cheeks with nice citrus…

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…

Harper Voit’s 2012 Old Vine Riesling

If you could grow a fruit orchard on a stone bed, you’d get this amazing wine. Harper Voit’s Old Vine Riesling greets with a nose of lemon-lime zest, flowers and vanilla wafers. Then it says hello with a blend of guava, grapefruit, citrus and cool slate minerality on the palate. Cutting in with a kick…