My reviews of wines and wineries I’ve personally visited and tasted.

2012 Remy Wines Barbera

Remy Drabkin has a knack for taming those “rowdy” Italian varietals and encouraging them to give up the very best parts of themselves.  This 2012 Barbera has been languishing in my cellar for about a year . . .and since I had 2 bottles, and since I LOVE what she does . . . I…

2016 McMinnville Wine and Food Classic (Sip)

This festival has become our personal favorite wine and food extravaganza of the season.  Partially because of the vast array of wineries represented, and partially because it so close to home.  Oregon and Washington wines are represented by  a diverse field of great wineries, 68 in total. I have typically gone into each wine festival…

Left Coast Cellars – Cali’s Cuvee

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Left Coast Cellars several times at their beautiful vineyard and tasting room just north of Rickreall on Hwy 99W.  I’ve even run into the owner Suzanne Larsen once at our Tigard Costco where she was introducing folks to her wines.  My very first encounter was in about 2012…

TRW -2011 Malbec-Merlot

A few months ago we ventured up to the Walla Walla valley to sample some more of the regions great wines and were introduced to Three Rivers Winery.  I had seen their Red Blend in the stores recently, but virtually none of their other offerings. I recently opened a bottle of 2011 Malbec-Merlot . .…

A Surprising Discovery

It’s been an enjoyable holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas so far and it’s time to review another wine discovery. I was searching for something new, and inexpensive.  I’ve been a fan of many of the Delicato Family Vineyards wine offerings in the past, so when I found Nighthawk Black at my local grocery I…

Our Walla Walla Wine Adventure weekend.

  Since this was our maiden voyage in the Walla Walla area for tasting, we solicited suggestions of where to go were from friends and acquaintances in the wine industry.  Many great suggestions were made and a few required stops were inserted by me. Maryhill Winery  They have quite an impressive array of choices.  Here…

D’Anu Wines – Red Table Wine

I was first introduced to this wine a little over a year ago at the Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest in Salem, Oregon.  It was here, also, that I first met the Winemaker, Joe Williams.  I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with Joe on several occasions over the last year and consider him a friend.…

2012 Noble Vines 1 – Red Blend

I’ve been a fan of Noble Vines for some time.  I’ve sampled their 337 Cab Sauv and 181 Merlot before on different occasions and have enjoyed their simple yet supple flavors.  So with that in mind and the various reviews I’ve been reading lately regarding “cheap” red wines . . I figured I’d give this…

2011 Remy Wines Barbera

We just spent a week in the heartland, without any great wines to fulfill my palate.  So, upon returning home I decide it was time to post another review.  I went to my wine cellar and pulled a 2011 Barbera from Remy Wines. Remy Drabkin is one of my favorite wine makers.  She has a…

Kirkland Cotes Du Rhone Villages – 2013

I LOVE blends.  More specifically, I love southern Rhone blends.  The SouthWest region of France is home to the Rhone Valley.  An exquisite growing region for Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes . . . the little lovelies that are used in this heavenly concoction.  And Kirkland (Costco) has found another gem for their wine empire.…

2013 Troon Vineyards Zinfandel

I have seemed to skip right over one of our club wineries so I thought it  might be good to review something from Troon.  We LOVE their Druids Fluid, but I reviewed that when we went to the SIP in McMinnville. I opened this bottle yesterday and poured a small sample, swirled the glass and…