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Customer service at Lynmar Estate

Customer service is king at Lynmar Estate2 min read

Customer service is king at Lynmar Estate As a wine steward, there are many factors to my success. But to me, one stands above the others– customer service. My company stresses customer service since it is crucial to sales and repeat business and I take pride in providing a high level
Late fall in the vineyard

Spend Thanksgiving weekend in Oregon’s Wine Country4 min read

Give thanks this Thanksgiving holiday weekend by visiting Oregon’s wine country! Wineries throughout the entire state throw open their doors to visitors this weekend. To help you plan your day (or days) out wine tasting, we’ve pulled together a list of just some of our fav
Why Wine? An interview with Denise Shurtleff of Cambria Winery

Why Wine? An interview with Denise Shurtleff of Cambria Winery3 min read

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this grou
A moment from Feast 2014

Prepare for foodie heaven when Feast takes over Portland4 min read

Do you consider yourself a foodie? If so, you better be attending Feast Portland because your “foodie” card just might be revoked if you don’t go! Next month, Feast Portland draws about 10,000 food lovers from near and far to town. Since the festival takes place over a long weekend wi
Urban Crush Winemakers

Portland’s Distillery Row welcomes an urban winery into the fold2 min read

Although it seems that Portland’s main sport is eating, drinking runs a very tight second. It’s no exaggeration that Portlanders love to dine, and when we do, there’s often something local in our glass. And with the opening of the newest urban winery in the city, there are even more c
Janie at Brooks Winery

The new Brooks Winery in the Eola-Amity Hills7 min read

Brooks Winery has a bittersweet story, one that has touched many wine lovers throughout the Willamette Valley. The sudden death of young winemaker Jimi Brooks shocked the Oregon wine industry just 10 years ago. In fact, the Brooks Winery story is so compelling that it has recently bee
Italy in the Valley

An abundance of amoré and wine at Italy in the Valley3 min read

The only event of its kind in the state, Italy in the Valley serves up nothing but Italian wine varietals made here in Oregon. Held at Cana’s Feast Winery in Carlton, wine lovers will find a wide variety of white and red wines from Arneis to Zinfandel’s Italian cousin Primitivo. With
Sangria

Wine 101: How to make sangria wine3 min read

With the abundance and availability of fruit, Sangria is on the minds of many during the summer months. It’s such an easy drink to prepare and sangria recipes can be customized exactly to your liking. Sangria is also a great solution when you open a wine that might not be what you wer
Enso Winery

Support local winemakers and experience the PDX urban wine movement3 min read

The PDX Urban Wineries are having a party this Sunday and everyone’s invited! This unique group of winemakers make the grapes do the commuting by producing their wines in Portland. Wine lovers all over the city can celebrate by toasting with many new releases and old favorites made by
Red Mtn sunset

The lighter side of Red Mountain3 min read

In my previous post I talked about the Rabblers trip to the amazing Red Mountain AVA in Eastern Washington. We explored the area and met some great people and truly talented winemakers. I talked about the place and the wineries but what, you may ask, about the dang wines? Well, hang o
Keeler Estate Vineyard

Keeler Estate Vineyard, using sustainable practices to 
create wines with a strong sense of place5 min read

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit Keeler Estate Vineyard, in the Eola-Amity Hills sub AVA of the Willamette Valley. Upon my arrival I was greeted by gracious hostess and owner Gabriele Keeler riding an ATV, with a heavy accent and broad smile, directed me to park in t
Italy in the Valley

Italy in the Valley Celebration: a wine vacation without the passport3 min read

Discover the wines of Italy without ever leaving the state Cana’s Feast Winery is hosting the 4th Annual Italy in the Valley Celebration where wine lovers across the Willamette Valley and Portland can taste Italian wine varietals produced by eleven Pacific Northwest wineries. This yea
Patton Valley Vineyards

Delectable Patton Valley Vineyard Winemaker Dinner at Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine2 min read

Do you find food and wine pairings a challenge? Let the experts at Patton Valley Vineyards and Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine help you discover perfect combinations that celebrate the bounty of early summer crops. Winemaker Derek Einberger and chef Pascal Sauton invite wine and food lov
Enso Winery

SE Portland’s urban winery pioneers celebrate success and everyone’s invited2 min read

You know how you feel when you stumble upon a secret gem of a place and worry that if you share it with your friends, it won’t be a secret for long? That’s how I feel about ENSO Winery! But juicy secrets have a way of getting out and ENSO is no exception. Ryan Sharp and Chris Wisbart
Enso Winery

Treat your mom to a tour of Portland’s urban wineries for Mother’s Day2 min read

Stumped on what to get your mom for Mother’s day this year? Make it memorable by taking her on a passport tasting to the many urban wineries celebrating Portland moms on Saturday, May 12. In a very short time, urban wine making has become quite trendy within the city limits of Portlan
Wine aroma wheel

Smell & Memory: Wine 1012 min read

Did you know that your sense of smell is located adjacent to your memory within your brain? That explains how a whiff of something can suddenly trigger an intense memory that was long forgotten. I often find that aromas in wine take me back to childhood memories that have nothing to d
Abacela sign

Sept. 1: International Tempranillo Day2 min read

How do you plan to celebrate this wonderfully inky noble wine? For beginners out there who haven’t yet tried this grape varietal, I highly recommend seeking it out! (It’s pronouncing tem • pra • ne-yo just so you know!) Born and raised in the higher elevations of Rioja and Ribera del