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
The four of us, plus one cute little infant addition, finally made our tasting trip south to the Eugene area recently. We started off by heading in to downtown Eugene for a lunch adventure at Fifth Street Public Market where there are MANY options. Think of it as a combination of the nicest food court you’ve ever seen crossed with the varied cuisines of a food truck paradise. I could go on and on about this place but I suppose we’re here to talk about wine. 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…
A few months ago, Katie and I were running out to Amity to pick up our wine club shipment from Coelho Winery and I asked Katie to do a quick search on her phone to see if we could find somewhere new to taste. Up popped Mia Sonatina Cellars, which neither of us had heard of before. It’s just a few blocks away from our first stop, on the side of a small town grocery store. Continue reading
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All four of us decided that we needed a good end of summer, friend and wine day! We also decided that we wanted to go somewhere that we hadn’t been before. So off we go, passing some of our usual haunts; Springhill Cellars, Emerson Vineyards, Van Duzer Vineyards, Firesteed Cellars…you get the point. We drove through Monmouth, through Amity, through even McMinnville, to our eventual destination, Carlton.
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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
It started like any other Saturday. A few cups of coffee to get going, some Facebooking, a little clean-up around the house. It progressed to the smoker in the backyard getting a little workout in anticipation of my son’s 14th birthday to follow in a few days. Then it was time for our friends to pick us up for some live music, snacks and wine at Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV). 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
Katie, Matt, Kelli and I decided that it’d been too long since the four of us did a little exploring, so yesterday we headed out to the Amity AVA. Using our dangerously good guide book, WineTrails of Oregon, off we go to expand our Oregon wine universe. We’d decided on our way that we were going to start out day by visiting St. Innocent. Much to our disappointment (and apparently not the first time that this has happened to Matt and Kelli), the tasting room was closed for an event. This TICKS ME OFF, if your posted hours say you’re going to be open, BE FRICKIN OPEN! Okay, enough of that. Continue reading