2017 Urban Wine Experience

This is another one of those events that I’ve wanted to attend for some time, but there seemed to always be a time conflict.  This year it was on May 7th and hosted at Seven Bridges Winery in N Portland.  A total of 16 wineries were represented and each proffered 3 of their wines for…

2012 Mad Violets Riesling

This is one of those “mystery” bottles.  Neither my wife nor I remember buying it, yet there it sits in my wine cooler.  I was cooking some pork loins in my Traeger and needed some moisture for the final drive to Nirvana.  I typically use either Apple juice or beer.  But I had no apple…

2013 Le Pig – Lot 1

Hillcrest Vineyards is the oldest continuously operating vineyard in Oregon, and a personal favorite. Le Pig is 100%Barbera  and 100% delicious. According to their website : A dense and rich New World version of this dominant Italian red. We age this wine in a unique selection of new wood that gives the wines spiciness and…

Bubblefest 2017

My wife and I joined two other friends at Anne Amie Vineyards to enjoy a vast array of sparkling wines.  We don’t often find ourselves drinking sparkling wines, so we thought this event might peak our interest in some of the local purveyors and increase the possibilities of enjoying them more often as well as to…

2014 Petite Petit

I was intrigued to try this blend by an article in Wine Enthusiast.  The author described it this way: The blend of sweet-seeming oak and bold, ripe fruit flavors is irresistible in this big and satisfying wine. The aromas are like vanilla, chocolate and black pepper, while flavors bring on blackberry jam, espresso and dark…

A fine vacation . . .part 3 of 3

October 2016 On a clear, sunny Friday morning in Southern Oregon,  we decided to venture to the far side of Jacksonville in search of Cowhorn Vineyards.  I was drawn to this far-flung vineyard for a couple of reasons.  They had very recently gotten some great press for their biodynamically created wines, and a friend I…

A fine vacation . . .part 1 of 3

October 2016 After a relaxing and rain-filled 3 days in Lincoln City, on the beautiful Oregon coast, Teresa and I headed south along Hwy 101 .  Our destination is Roseburg. . . and the beginning of this wine adventure.  We had lined up to visit 9 wineries.  So, for as much brevity as I can…

2012 Quady North – Bomba

Most of the write-ups I’ve read on this wine call it a “fruit bomb”.  They ain’t lyin’.  There is so much dark glorious fruit on the nose it is mesmerizing.  Dark cherries, currants, plums and raspberries waft up into my senses like a blanket, filling my nose with warmth. The first sip is tantalizing and warm,…

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 – Day 2

**Whew!. . Just found my notes from our 2nd day of tastings on Memorial day weekend.  Thought I had lost them** For Day 2 we decided to stick fairly close to home and see some previously unvisited venues in Yamhill county. Domaine Drouhin was stop #1.  First of all, what a beautiful facility.  The views…

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 – Day 1

As most winos know, Memorial Day weekend is a big event in the Wineries.  This weekend is one of (sometimes) two weekends that some small boutique wineries open to the public for tasting their wares.  Knowing this, we generally venture out into Wine Country to sample some choices that are fresh to us.  And as…