Artisanal Wine Cellars – Evangeline

A couple months ago, while on our way back from a trip into Yamhill County wine country, we decided to try out a tasting room in Newberg that we’d never visited.  We stopped in at Artisanal Wine Cellars on 1st street in Newberg. Such a quaint place with really warm, inviting staff.  We were fortunate…

Movies we’ve seen in 2015 . . so far.

Movie Title                        Rating Stars                        My Rating JANUARY Inherent Vice                    R . . . . .  3 stars                   Not very coherent, weird Taken 3                             R . . . . . . 4 stars                 Ok. . more of the same The Wedding Ringer        R . . . . . .4 stars                  Funny. . but pretty crude…

2010 ADEA Pinot Noir – Durant Vineyards

ADEA is one of our boutique wineries in rural Washington County, just outside of the town of Gaston.  Dean Fisher has a knack for developing the most from the terrior of his wines.  Our personal favorite is his Cherry Grove Pinot.  The grapes are sourced from a vineyard residing in an old cherry grove, hence…

WillaKenzie Estate

A Saturday afternoon in Oregon Wine CountryLast weekend my wife and I enjoyed a trip into the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in order to pick-up a wine club shipment. We first visited WillaKenzie Estate last summer (2014) on one of our regular sojourns out into our glorious wine country.  We were revved up to try a new…

CINDERELLA (2015) . . .

Cinderella The most recent iteration of this timeless classic is a sincerely fantastic retelling of the Disney version.  Casting can sometimes be an issue when translating an animated movie to live action.  In this case, they knocked it out of the park.  Lilly James, known for her role as Rose on Downton Abbey, is absolutely…

2009 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. To date, outside of a red blend, I haven’t been a fan of Cab Sauv.  This little beauty may be changing my mind.  Immediately the bouquet hits me with marionberry, plums and strawberries.  All that mixed with some earthy tones I can’t quite pick out, but juicy and wonderful.  The flavor…

McMinnville Wine and Food Classic _ The SiP

Friday my lovely bride and I attended the McMinnville Wines and Food Classic, a benefit for the St James Catholic School in McMinnville.  Without doubt the standout wine festival in our area.  There were approximately 70 wineries represented, as well as many other vendors of various types, including food and distilled spirits.  There are so many great producers, but…