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An Interview with Jameson Fink

In this interview, I pick wine writer Jameson Fink’s brain to understand who he is and where he is going in the wine world. Today, he writes frequently on his own blog with a motto, “Wine without Worry” and is a Contributing Editor at Grape Collective. He also travels frequently across the world to learn and share his wine adventures. I know he loves beer, cider and champagne, but what else did I uncover in this interview? Read on!  Continue Reading

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2012 Boedecker Chardonnay Willamette Valley

Wine Review: 2012 Boedecker Chardonnay Purity Willamette Valley

This husband and wife winemaker team really have it going on. Year after year, Stewart and Athena Boedecker craft spectacular wine from grapes purchased across the Willamette Valley. In 2003, they brought their first vintage to market, and they continue to showcase beautiful and esoteric wines a decade later.  Continue Reading

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2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous

Wine Review: 2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous Lodi, California

Macchia Winery produces a variety of different Zinfandel’s, each with unique personalities and characteristics crafted from a number of small lots from Lodi. The 2012 Macchia Zinfandel Mischievous is a full-bodied, ultra-ripe, richly intense style Zinfandel with spicy and jammy blackberry and dark cherry flavors.  Continue Reading

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2008 Bunchgrass Winery Columbia Valley Syrah

Wine Review: 2008 Bunchgrass Winery Columbia Valley Syrah

Lewis Vineyard in the Columbia Valley sits at an elevation of 1200 ft. and produces quality Syrah, most of it that was planted in 1998. The vineyard also comprises of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. The 2008 Bunchgrass Winery Columbia Valley Syrah is a full-bodied, enticing red with aromas of violets and raspberries. On the palate, ripe raspberry compote and cherries balanced with a good core of acidity really carries the flavors to the finish. Rich and alluring, this wine will pair beautifully with grilled or braised meats. 124 case production.

Rating: Excellent (93) | $29 | 14.6% ABV

Bunchgrass Winery Columbia Valley Syrah

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2012 Handley Pinot Blanc

Wine Review: 2012 Handley Pinot Blanc Mendocino County California

I have tasted and enjoyed Milla Handley’s wine for over two decades, and I have to say she is my favorite winemaker from the Anderson Valley.  She has the ability to transform grapes into something special in the bottle, and she continues to produce stellar wine year after year. Her 2012s are really showcasing the awesomeness she brings to the table.  Continue Reading

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2011 Eyrie Chardonnay Reserve

Wine Review: Eyrie Chardonnay Reserve, Original Vines, Dundee Hills, Oregon

The Eyrie Chardonnay Reserve is clean and crisp with meyer lemon, pear, honey and vanilla cream aromas. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with flavors of green apples, lime and baking spices that evolve from first sip. Very lively and tart, halibut, scallops or chicken would compliment this style of Chardonnay. Cream based dishes also work extremely well. Biodynamically certified, 90 case production. Drink now.

Rating: Very Good (88) | $46 | 12.5% ABV

Eyrie Chardonnay Reserve

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