McMinnville Wine and Food Classic 2019 aka The SiP

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”400px”][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This festival has been our favorite for years now.  We never miss it . . .except 2020.  Everything in Oregon was shut down just before this event was set to go.  A truly sad day for me.  But, this too shall pass.  And since I hadn’t gotten to posting my notes from last year . . .I know, I know . . .this is a great way to reminisce and feel like I got to go this year anyway.  Looking forward to next year even more.

I always have to make a “game plan” for this event as there have been around 85 wineries represented as well as beers, distilled spirits and FOOD!  I have been fortunate to have tried great wines from many of these vendors, and some I always go back to, but I also always find new ones that either I’ve sampled before or they are new to the event.  Here we go . . .


Apolloni Vineyards

A friend of mine is a member here and has nothing but great things to say about them, so of course I had to try.

2017 Sparkling Rose’ – Pinot Noir – Tiny bubbles . .strawberry very prominent on the nose and in flavor, a bit tart and crisp.  Very nicely made. Super refreshing.

2017 Pinot Blanc – Bright citrus and floral nose . . .initial taste is tart and acidic . .but after a moment the flavors of lemon and melon open up. . .

2015 Estate Pinot Noir – Gorgeous nose of cherry and raspberry . .Flavors aren’t quite as full as the aromas, quite subtle. . .crisp with a short finish.

2013 Soleggio – Super Tuscan blend – Aromas are light of dark fruit . . . Flavors are also subtle with an acid drive . . .tannins are well balanced.


Raptor Ridge Winery

2015 Estate Pinot Noir – Nice aromas of blue fruit and leather . . .Solid structure and flavors of cherry and plum.  Overall quite nice.


Garibaldi Cellars

2017 Cuvee Bianco –  Beautiful blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Chardonnay – light citrus, pear, and apple both in aroma and flavor . . . all with a great structure

2016 Giovanni – Pinot Noir – Bright red fruit aromas, flavors of red fruit and earth.  Nice structure and a great finish.


Domaine Roy & Fils

2016 Incline – Pinot Noir – Beautiful dark and red fruit on the nose . . .Gorgeous texture with the flavor or cherry pie, including that graham cracker crust.  Truly amazing!!


Beaux Freres

2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – Big nose of dark fruit with a great structure . . .Flavors of dark cherry and baking spice and an exquisite finish.  Wow!


Three Feathers Estate & Vineyards

2017 Three Feathers Pinot Noir – Light nose of mostly red fruit . . .smooth mid palate of red fruit and a bit of spice and a lingering finish.

2017 Cuvee Pinot Noir – A bit more fruit aroma and a similar structure . . . though a bit smoother in texture, tannins are more controlled . . .similar lingering finish . .Very nice!


Pike Road Wines

2017 Pinot Gris – Citrus and nectarine aromas . . .crisp and loaded with flavor . . .Off dry finish.  One of the few PGs I really like.

2015 Virgin View Pinot Noir – Bright red and dark fruit aromas . . .Silky smooth texture . . .Nice finish.


Paul O’Brien Winery

NV The Blast – Red Blend – Tannat, Syrah, Merlot – Bold,Bold,Bold . . .both nose and flavor . . .Solid structure and loads of tannins.

2018 Moscato – Very Frizzante-esque . . .Always a lovely, refreshing, slightly sweet white wine that is one to share with family and friends.  A marvelous choice.


Rallison Cellars

2017 Sauvignon Blanc – Great nose, though the flavors are not as promised.  Nice acidity.


Torii Mor Winery

2017 Rose’ – Pinot Noir – Gorgeous nose of flowers and peaches . . .Silky mid texture . . .Does finish moderately dry . . .

2016 Olson Estate Pinot Noir – Mild aromas of cherry and blueberry . . .Moderate fruit on the palate and a smooth structure with an acid finish.


Hillcrest Vineyard

2010 Ludes Riesling – high acid and high alcohol, but truly amazing . . .Dysan calls it “Electric”!

2016 Le Pig – Barbera – Always gorgeous.  Deep dark fruit aromas as well as cigar and a smooth solid structure.  Flavors of plum and dark cherry.  A family favorite! **

2016 Anonymous – The secret blend – Another family favorite . . .Fully loaded on all levels . . .Gorgeous fruit, silky texture, long lingering structure . .All around wonderful!  A dream maker! **

2017 Domaine des Braves Regnie – Gamay Noir – Gorgeous nose of deep dark fruit . .  a soft gentle silky structure . . .Loads of dark fruit . . .Taking some home**

2016 Giacomo Fenochio – Nebbiolo – Wild and energetic . . .


Bravuro Cellars

2016 Petite Sirah -Lodi –  Full-on fruit on the nose . . .a bold palate and heavy tannins . . .Just begging for a steak to accompany.

2016 Zinfandel– Lodi – Amazing nose. . .loaded with dark and red fruit . . Dark cherry flavors, baking spice and immensely silky texture.  Personal Favorite.

**This wine drove me to investigate Lodi Wineries . . .and with Steve Saxton’s help, I found some wonderful ones.**


Another successful year of tasting and investigating . . .several new discoveries and confirmation of old friends.  Until we meet again!!



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