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Two New Wine Books Worth A Read

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

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Behind the Scenes at the 2010 Oregon Wine Competition

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.

There were many great Pinot’s but the most impressionable were the  Read the full story

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2008 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir

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

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New Wine Documentary to Showcase Willamette Valley

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.

Willamette Documentary

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Celebrate Oregon's 150th Birthday in Willamette Valley

Oregon is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2009, and to celebrate, Willamette Valley is throwing a party!

The lineup, which will kick off on Valentine’s Day continuing through Labor Day weekend, will offer unique activities that are sure to please any enophile.

Head on over to Wine Bytes, my wine blog on OregonLive, where I list some of the great events going on throughout the Willamette Valley region. Check out my latest post here.

Celebrate!

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