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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
Football and Wine

Wine and Football– a great team4 min read

Fall is right around the corner and with it comes two of my favorite seasons. Here on the West Coast the 2015 grape harvest has either started (California) or will in a few short weeks (Oregon and Washington). Not only is there a new vintage of wine being harvested but also a new seas
Statera Cellars owners

Why Wine? An interview with Meredith Bell & Luke Matthews of Statera Cellars4 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
Chardonnay wines at Feast

Chardonnay wine is for lovers at Feast Portland7 min read

It’s been said “All you need is Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay.” Local producers here in Oregon agree. They’re making some of the best Chard out there and it’s not at all like yo mama’s favorite buttery, oak bomb. Instead it’s an elegant, fresh ta
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
Riesling image

Riesling wines are invading Portland this weekend4 min read

Riesling may be the most misunderstood wine on the planet. Because winemakers have the ability to make it both sweet and dry (and everything in-between), it can be challenging for wine lovers to find the style they like. So, for anyone who wants to learn more about this versatile grap
2008 Palmina Subida

2008 Palmina Subida2 min read

Michele and I are calling this our “Summer of Wine” series where we’ve been exploring the wine refrigerator, pulling out white and rosé wines that are a bit older. So the question is: are they still as good as when we bought them? Or did we wait too long to drink them? We

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
2010 Montinore Muller Thurgau

Summer of wine: 2010 Montinore Estate Müller Thurgau2 min read

This is part of a series Matt and I are calling our “Summer of Wine.” We are exploring our wine refrigerator, pulling out white and rosé wines that are a bit older. Sadly, neither of us is great at tracking what we buy and drink, and more importantly, don’t drink. After a
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
2012 Stepping Stone Rocks White Wine

White Wine, it’s not just for summer any more2 min read

Many people think that once the weather cools, it’s time to pack away your white wines and start sipping only reds. But this rule is much the same as the one that says you can’t wear white after Labor Day. These days, there are no hard and fast rules about wines! If you’re still not c
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
Riesling Taste Scales

Toast the Summer of Riesling with the world’s most noble & versatile white wine5 min read

Riesling is not only the world’s most noble white wine grape but also the most versatile. If you’re like many wine drinkers, you immediately think “sweet” when the varietal is mentioned. That’s why the International Riesling Foundation and Summer of Riesling creator Paul Grieco are st
Stoller Vineyards

Wine tasting in the Dundee Hills over Memorial Day weekend4 min read

Memorial Day weekend is considered by many to be the open house of the Willamette Valley wineries. The spring cleaning has been done and all the wineries are officially open for the summer! It’s a great opportunity to try new releases while enjoying special touches like food, music, w
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
Grape vines

Grüner Veltliner: A tasty but tiny blip on the wine radar1 min read

For a crisp, dry and easy-drinking white wine, Grüner Veltliner is the perfect alternative to Sauvignon blanc or Pinot gris. Austria’s most planted grape, it’s a delicious wine with a low alcohol level for summer fun in the sun. With notes of green apple, citrus, apricots and white pe