As far as wine books go, I’m usually not a fan of wine and food pairing books nor am I enthused by publications that focus on location specific regions but I came across a few you might want to check out. I mean, as far as food and wine pairing books go, most of them are mundane and flat – fish pairs with white wine! Wow, what a concept – now that’s worth a read. When it comes to region specific, too many books fill the pages with what looks like the yellow pages for the wine industry. Read the full story
Having recently judged the Oregon Wine Competition, I had an opportunity to survey the Oregon landscape. As it turned out, we had many good Pinot noirs and Rieslings for the ’08 and ’09 vintage. Some of the standouts , which I sometimes refer to as ‘diamonds in the rough’, include a handful of gems.
Zerba Cellars for example, kicked it with their ’08 white blend & ’07 red blend. The ’06 Merlot & Syrah was tasty as was their ’07 Mourvedre. As for Chardonnay, the ’08 Phelps Creek Vineyards and the’09 Stoller Vineyards rocked it.
The ’08 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s reserve exudes the classic northern Willamette Valley style. I was lucky to have been introduced to Adelsheim back in the early nineties by a guy who was integral in challenging my quest for wine knowledge and I have to say Chris Choate knew a good thing when he tasted it. We worked together at Abiquiu, John Sedlar’s venture with the Kimpton Group. Read the full story
I got a call today from a guy back in Ft. Collins, Colorado who plans to do a documentary about Willamette Valley wines.
His passion and desire to showcase our bounty here in Oregon was contagious. This is quite an honor in which our region should be proud. Today on Wine Bytes, my wine blog on OregonLive, I talk about the Willamette Valley documentary which will showcase the region showing the world how special this region really is – by documenting those who have persevered the early times leading to our present time.