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

You’ve been bombarded by Star Wars sequel talk but what I am about to unveil should be an equally buzzed-about series installment. Em of Pints and Panels, the fantastic and uber-charming beer blog, has reviewed the second (II) bottle of Fossil and Fawn I sent her way. 2013 Fossil and Fawn Pinot Noir Crowley Station [More]

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Raptor Ridge Oregon Tempranillo: New World Meets Wild West

I didn’t think, upon receiving an assortment of samples from Oregon’s Raptor Ridge, that I’d find their Tempranillo a stand-out among the offerings. This Willamette Valley winery heads south to the Rogue Valley–practically in California–to source the grapes for this red wine. Though Spain’s Rioja region is the premiere destination for Tempranillo, Raptor Ridge’s Oregon version provides [More]

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Brick House Chardonnay: Enjoying Oregon Wine on the Water

You know I love Chardonnay with oak. So while I’ve been a guest host on this wine-focused Un-Cruise, I was pleased to discover a wine featured on the ship’s list: 2012 Brick House Chardonnay “Cascadia” from the Ribbon Ridge region of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. ($35 on Wine-Searcher) The on-board bartender (YES!), Daniel, commented that it’s [More]

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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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