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Fossil and Fawn on Pints and Panels: Cool Oregon Pinot Gris

I’m a big fan of the Oregon wines from the teeny-tiny (for now) operation that is Fossil & Fawn. I sent a bottle of their 2014 Pinot Gris to my pal Em over at Pints and Panels. We met at the SAVEUR Blog Awards ceremony (at a distillery…world’s collide!), where she took home the Editor’s Choice [More]

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One Word Reviews of 2012 Youngberg Hill Pinot Noirs

After running through a trio of 2012 Pinot Noirs from Oregon’s Youngberg Hill received as samples, I was struck by one thing they all had in common: richness. These are not lacy, delicate wines! A quick internet search about the 2012 vintage in Oregon turned up a post where these words were trotted out to describe [More]

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Salud: Providing Healthcare Access for Oregon Vineyard Workers

“¡Salud!’s mission is simple and straightforward. We work to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families.” This succinct statement sums up why you should know about ¡Salud! I sent a few questions about this organization to Donna Morris of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Along with her husband, Bill Sweat, she founded [More]

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Harvest Moon Over Sagemoor Vineyards at Dawn

As a photographer, what does it feel like when you watch an image come together…perfectly? Richard Duval shares the story behind this astonishing photo capturing the harvest moon at dawn over a portion of Washington State’s Sagemoor Vineyards. Also, how about my Wine of the Week? I’ve been flipping for the Fossil & Fawn Pinot [More]

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Label Lust: Minimus Vermentino

Word of Minimus Wines, located in Oregon, came my way via the Northwest Wine Anthem. So when I saw one of their offerings, a Vermentino, available by the glass at Seattle’s Matt’s in the Market, I pounced. What a fantastic lunchtime wine. You don’t often see domestic versions of this Italian grape (aka “Rolle” in [More]

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2013 Bergström Rosé Makes The Sun Come Out

  Just leaving Bergström Wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where I had my first taste of 2013 rosé. Their version is made from Pinot Noir and, as the picture above shows, I’d like to think it made the sun start to break through the clouds. Oh, and the flower on the label? It’s the mosippa. [More]

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Label Lust: Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling

The playful side of Oregon’s historic Sokol Blosser winery comes out in this Evolution Sparkling label. A new release in its popular lineup of red and white, this sparkling wine especially gives me Label Lust when you peruse not the front of the bottle but rather the rear. It pleases me to view a back [More]

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Is it Fine to Filter Wine?

I first met Erath Senior Winemaker Gary Horner while on a trip sponsored by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. And while I had a fascinating (and tasty) time sampling wines from various vineyards, grape vine clones, and vintages, I was most intrigued by his thoughts about filtering wine. Specifically, that he was a proponent of the [More]

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