This isn’t my first trip to the
City, my husband and I married in at VooDoo
Doughnuts in 2009. This is however my first trip to the city on my own and I
plan on getting the most out of the Pearl District, where I’ll spend my first
three days. Portland
As I think about
wines my mouth is watering for those wonderfully crafted Pinot noirs. While Oregon may be best known
for Pinot noir, that is certainly not their only wine cash crop. There are over
four hundred wineries in the Oregon alone so this post
won’t even make a dent on coverage. But if you happen to find yourself in the area,
here are a few wineries I was able to visit in 2009 and truly enjoyed. Willamette
by Dick and Nancy Ponzi the winery has earned worldwide accolades for producing some of the finest Pinot noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and White Riesling, Arneis and Dolcetto.
Since its start the vineyards have led the way for
The winery is still family owned and contracts with growers matching the varietal to the terroir and climate. The valley offers a moderate climate and provides ideal sites for the culture and cultivation of cool climate wine varietals.
My husband and I liked this one so much we joined the wine club and receive shipments four times a year. Many wineries offer several levels of wine club membership and are a great way to try wines you may not normally be drawn to or have access to.
Founded by Brian Croser and Rollin Soles, Argyle Winery has produced world renowned methode champenoise Sparkling wine, barrel fermented Chardonnay and elegant Pinot noir since the late 1980’s.
Argyle sources grapes from three vineyards located in Dundee Hills. Knudsen Vineyard, Stoller Vineyard and Lone Star Vineyard. Planted in 1972 and 1974 the Knudsen Vineyard’s high elevation provides the perfect elements for sparkling wines. Stoller Vineyards planted in 1995 produces their well known Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
Lone Star Vineyard was purchased in 1996 and is primarily made up of
Lucky for all of us, Erath is carried in stores across the nation.
Wondering what puts Oregon Pinot noir above so many others in theThe grape can be so problematic, famed winemaker André Tchelistcheff stated "God made Cabernet Sauvignon whereas the devil made Pinot noir."
? The magic’s in the iron rich
soil and warming sunshine of a marine climate, providing the area the ability
to produce phenomenal Pinot noirs. Pinot noir grapes are one of the most
finicky grapes and require great care, patience and the perfect terroir. The
grape is sensitive to wind, temperature, fungal disease and this is just in the
vineyard. Once in the fermentation takes another host of problems can arise. US
I’ve been holding off on packing for the past week but I’m breaking out the luggage today.
, get your beers
and wines ready, here I come. Portland
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