These last years, the four of us have been through quite a bit together. Marriage, new jobs, adoption, diagnosis, discussion, debate, purchase of a home, sale of a home, birth of a beautiful child and this is just the headline stuff. A true friend, the kind that you can relate to, the kind that you can confide in, they are rare in this world. When you have that in your life you don’t want to let it go. Continue reading
Much has happened in the last year. My wife and I adopted a new kiddo in to the brood, our friends whom we wine adventure with have just had a baby and let’s face it, those aren’t conditions for wine exploration. The stocks are dwindling, wine fridge full of semi-treasures from Trader Joe’s and Costco but something is missing. The best part of wine tasting is spending time with my lovely wife and our friends and we need to find a way to make it happen.
I miss heading in a general direction and seeing what we find, only the loosest plan as to where we might stop and what we might find when we do and while I’m sure we’ll get back there again, I’m impatient. It’s one of those small things in life that help me get through. I need the adult conversations, the discovery, the laughs, the highs and lows of what we find on the road.
Katie, Matt, Kelli, we need to make it happen…
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Let it be known here and now, I LOVE Oregon Pinot Noir. That is not the point of today’s writing. What I’m thinking about are tasting experiences at Willamette Valley Wineries and the often Pinot-centric focus. Continue reading
The day had finally arrived, the day that I’ve been waiting for since last December 26th, the day that I opened the box to find my gift of an Artful Winemaker. 12 bottles of Pinot Gris were about to emerge from my basement, made by my own hand (and more than a little assistance from very detailed instructions).
After sanitizing the bottles and the toppers, the final cone that traps the traps the sediment at the bottom of the gadget, we head downstairs for the glorious event! Continue reading
I wish there was more to report but this gadget really makes the process easy. It really seems that the most involved part of this whole process is the sanitation processes, which are very detailed and specific. I added in a cone (which I’m guessing traps a good portion of the solids that the clarifier had sunk to the bottom during the first two weeks), I added a stabilizer as well as a clarifier, mixed them around, put the lid back and that’s about it. Days 15, 16 and 17 consist of rotating the tank a bit to make sure that any sediment that gets stuck on the walls are all released and heading down, down, down to the bottom. Continue reading
So, today is the day. The day that I attempt to use my Christmas gift from my parents to make 12 bottles of my own wine, Pinot Gris to be exact. The Artful Winemaker is a personal winemaking system, designed to make 12 bottles of selected varieties in your home and so far, it couldn’t be easier. I’ll give you a brief breakdown of the steps involved and a blow by blow as the next 28 days progresses. Continue reading
I know it, that’s a corny way to start a post but here goes anyway. There aren’t many easier ways to my heart than food and wine, this shouldn’t be a mystery at this point. I thought I’d share with everyone what my family decided to bestow upon me this holiday season.
I’ve talked in very vague terms for several years that it would be cool to get a smoker to supplement my Weber kettle for fun things such as brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, etc. I’d also resolved that it wasn’t really money I needed to spend so it was a back of the mind dream. My wife Katie on the other hand is a very clever woman who found a new and intriguing gadget that she presented to me as a Christmas gift this year. It’s called the Smokenator! This seemingly simple bit of engineering might just be genius! It converts your Weber kettle in to a water smoker and I can’t wait to give it a shot soon! Continue reading
Thanks to Julia from winejulia.com, a great new resource for Oregon Wine lovers has come to our attention. The redesign and soft-launch of the Oregon Wine Board’s website has the potential to really be a great source of information, history and ideas on new places to visit.
You can find the new site at http://oregonwine.org/. Keep an eye out as they complete some of the content over the coming weeks. I know I will be.
So here’s the thing about wine tasting, it’s a little bit different for everyone. Some prefer to go hog wild, taste every wine available, pay the tasting fee (if any) and move on. Some would prefer to taste one or two wines, figure out if they like whats offered and relax with a glass. Another might taste a flight of a particular varietal, choose a bottle they enjoy and share it with friends. Our small group fits pretty much all these scenarios.
Today, I ask a question that sits outside those debates. Do you prefer to taste at small or large wineries? I mean sure, I enjoyed the hour long tour at King Estates but not the half hour between pours in the tasting room with 712 of my closest friends (yes, you can just feel the sarcasm can’t you?). I love the wine club pickup parties at Firesteed but again, with so many people about on those particular days, it’s hard to build relationships with anyone, to really get to know the people behind some of the wines you love. Continue reading
Generally I take the position that whichever wine tastes good to you, must be a good wine to drink. While this is certainly the case when you’re just getting home from work and pour a glass to enjoy on the porch, dinner time can present a different challenge. The real question is, does it really? Continue reading