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 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    January 26, 2023 

Love & Squalor 2018 Dry Riesling

Riesling all too often gets a bad rap because so many of us cut our wine-tasting teeth on cheap sweet junk masquerading as Riesling. But it's one of the world's greatest white wine grapes, and the...

 

Wine of the Week

Oregon's Rogue Valley wineries are a different breed from their northern cousins in the Willamette. The scenery is even more stunningly beautiful, the wineries more isolated, the climate warmer and...

 

Wine of the Week

The entry-level Pinot from Stoller is as good or better than many of the top Pinots of 25 years ago. That's a measure of state-wide progress as well as a reflection of the many good grape sources...

 

Wine of the Week

This is pure Walla Walla Syrah – rich and loaded with black fruits, along with notes of coffee, chicory, graphite and baker's chocolate. Without the usual co-fermention with Viognier there is...

 

Troon 2021 Druid's Fluid Red Blend

Troon's history dates back to the 1970s, and new ownership wanted to honor that past by reviving this blended red. The spiral on the label expresses the Druid's connections to the mysteries, energy,...

 

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This southern Oregon winery is a bit under-the-radar but well worth a visit if you are traveling through the Ashland area. All of their wines are well-made and fairly priced, and they do especially...

 

Argyle 2018 Blanc de Noirs

Founded in 1987, Argyle jump-started the current trend for Champagne-caliber sparkling wines in Oregon. Nothing is more festive on a holiday table than a bottle of great bubbly. There’s nothing...

 

Left Coast 2020 Truffle Hill Chardonnay

The national wine press unfortunately branded the 2020 vintage as a failure in Oregon due to wildfire smoke. But as the wines have emerged, and I've tasted hundreds of them, it's clear that the 2020...

 

Wine of the Week

Always a reliable budget bottle, this version of The Jack draws upon some well-known Walla Walla and Columbia Valley vineyards (notably Lewis!) for its fruit. In the blend are small amounts of... Full story

 

Sineann 2021 Abondante Red

The Abondante blend changes significantly from vintage to vintage and this year it is essentially a 50/50 Zinfandel/Merlot (Zinlot? Merfanndel?) sourced from vineyards on the Oregon side of the...

 

Dineen 2020 Vintner's Blend Red

Dineen is a family-owned and operated Zillah winery that offers a range of estate-grown wines. Among a solid lineup of red varietals, this Syrah/Cab Franc/Cab Sauv blend offers a low-cost look at the...

 

Pike Road 2021 Pinot Gris

Pike Road is a sister label to Oregon's Elk Cove. The wines are finished with a screwcap which provides extra protection from potential cork taint and is easy to open and reclose. It's perfectly fine...

 

J.C. Somers 2020 La Revanche Chardonnay

One of a pair of Chards from Jay Somers, this is a blend of grapes from the Anahata Vineyard (Eola Hills) and the Corrine Vineyard (Chehalem Mountains). Fermented and aged in 600 liter barrels,...

 

King Estate 2021 Sauvignon Blanc

King Estate is best known for being Oregon's leading producer for Pinot Gris. But the winery portfolio has expanded to include a lineup covering almost every fine wine style made in our neighboring...

 

The Miscreant Project 2020 GobSMack'd GSM

The casual label reader might easily miss the layers of puns and jokester references scattered on the wine labels and throughout this winery's highly entertaining website. Here the name puts the...

 

Ponzi 2019 Riesling

Maybe it's all the hot weather we've been locked into, but my Wine of the Week choices keep flipping back and forth between Chardonnay and Riesling. Riesling – you're up again, this time from...

 

Wine of the Week

The talented team of winery co-founder Trey Busch and production winemaker Keith Johnson have elevated all of the SoH wines in recent years, while expanding production capacity and opening up new...

 

Gärd 2019 Chardonnay

Gärd 2019 Chardonnay Chardonnay two weeks in a row? Why not! I’ve been researching a deep dive into Chardonnays from Washington, Oregon and California and this beauty from Gärd is one of the...

 

Waterbrook 2020 Reserve Chardonnay

I’ve been drinking a lot of Chardonnay during the recent hot weather, and if you put a slight chill on the bottle (about 20 minutes in the fridge) it can be a most refreshing choice. This...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    July 28, 2022

Pacific Rim 2021 Dry Riesling

Pacific Rim makes a wide range of affordable Rieslings in a variety of sweetness levels. The Dry Riesling featured here is richly fruity with a luscious blend of peach, apricot, and papaya fruit....

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    July 21, 2022

Long Shadows 2021 Cymbal Sauvignon Blanc

The first vintage of Cymbal was in 2018, and it has quickly become a tasting room favorite. The 2021 was sourced from Gamache, Boushey, and Bacchus vineyards – a terrific trio. It's an ideal summer...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    July 14, 2022

Brooks 2021 Pinot Noir Rosé

Pinot Noir rosés are abundant in Oregon, and this outstanding example charms from the first sniff with its heady mix of watermelon, strawberry, and cherry lifesaver fruit. The winery calls it...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    June 30, 2022

Beckstone 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Horse Heaven Hills AVA (American Viticutural Area) is home to many of Washington's oldest and finest vineyards, not the least of which is Champoux. Famous for its red wines, especially Cabernet,...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    June 23, 2022

Acquilini 2019 10000 Hours Red Wine

Acquilini owns a lot of Red Mountain acreage and offers several different brands from their expansive vineyards. Since we're heading into BBQ season, with the 4th of July right around the corner, it...

 
 By Paul Gregutt    Specials    June 16, 2022

Wine of the Week

By the time you read this note, actual summer weather may be back. There's no better way to celebrate that happy occasion than with a nicely-chilled bottle of rosé. The Mercer family goes back a...

 

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