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2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate located in Hood River, Oregon is a small boutique winery that practice sustainable agricultural practices and produces 5,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot noir annually. The started with Pin ot noir in 1990, and added a few blocks of Chardonnay a few years later. Their 2011 reserve is a foodie wine that really expresses its grapefruit, spice and mineral notes. Soft and pretty; pairs well with chicken and seafood. 224 case production.  Continue Reading

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Winemaker Spotlight: Alexandrine Roy

Winemaker Spotlight: Alexandrine Roy

Women are developing tremendous influence in the wine and food industry, rising to the top of the ranks as winery owners, sommeliers, chefs, winemakers, vineyard managers, writers and educators. The aim of this series is to represent the Pacific Northwest women in Oregon and Washington who are developing tremendous influence in the wine and food industry, making a lasting mark on the history of wine, forever shaping its future.    Continue Reading

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2008 Tatomer Kick-on Ranch Riesling

Wine Review: 2008 Tatomer Kick-on Ranch Riesling, Santa Barbara County, California

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They should really rename this wine to Kick-Ass Ranch Riesling, but I guess that would mean a vineyard name change. This small vineyard located in Los Alamos (and we are not talking about the Malbec in Mendoza!) near the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. What I find interesting about the land is that frigid winds flow through the vineyard daily. It is not often you hear about really cold winds…cool, yes, but not frigid, which makes me wonder if this is largely why the wine personifies a cool, zippy factor to it.   Continue Reading

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2010 McKinley Springs Bombing Range Red

Wine Review: 2010 McKinley Springs Bombing Range Red, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington

The 2010 McKinley Springs Bombing Range Red is a tribute to U.S. troops and the colorful history of the Horse Heaven Hills. During WWII, the land was used as a training ground for fighter pilots.  The U.S. P-40 Hawk fighter planes depicted on the label captures the spirit of this wine.  Continue Reading

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2012 Adelsheim Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2012 Adelsheim Vineyard Caitlin’s Reserve Chardonnay

Adelsheim sourced grapes from Boulder Bluff Vineyard (47.5%) in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Crawford Beck Vineyard (29.5%) in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and Stoller Vineyard (23%) of Dundee Hills. The blend of AVA fruit really shines through in the final product, and I think this wine will please many palates.  Continue Reading

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2010 Michael Gassier Costières de Nîmes Syrah

Wine Review: 2010 Michael Gassier Costières de Nîmes Syrah

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When I first tasted this wine, there was one thing that really hit home—the wine was simple yet it really loved to flaunt its opulent side without being that annoying bragger. The 2010 Michael Gassier Costières de Nîmes Syrah really fits into Gassier’s mission which is to let the terroir speak, and to transmit a bit of place into each bottle. They believe in the “less is more” mantra, meaning that the less they intervene, the more the terroir can express itself.

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