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What's that grape in my Rosé?

What’s that grape in my Rosé?1 min read

What’s that grape in my Rosé? With summer approaching you may have noticed a preponderance of rosés in the wine department of your local store. Summer is often referred to as “rosé season,” but it runs all year in the Rabbler house. If you are shopping for a rosé to enjoy on a n
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
Viticulture 101: Veraison in the vineyard

Viticulture 101: Veraison in the vineyard2 min read

Viticulture 101: Veraison in the vineyard Like wine? Want to better understand the winemaking process? Most winemakers will tell you that great wines start in the vineyard. So here’s your opportunity to learn more about how wine grapes are cultivated. In our Viticulture 101 series, we
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Viticulture 101: Grapevine canopy management part one2 min read

Viticulture 101: Grapevine canopy management part one Like wine? Want to better understand the winemaking process? Most winemakers will tell you that great wines start in the vineyard. So here’s your opportunity to learn more about how wine grapes are cultivated. In our Viticulture 10
Drink Pink

Drink Pink wine in the Oregon sunshine3 min read

One of our favorite events of the summer, Drink Pink is a celebration of rosé wine. As rosé continues to skyrocket in popularity, so too does this event. Now in its fifth year, attendees can expect 28 different Oregon wineries pouring rosé wines of all shades and hues, from salmon to
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Win free tickets to the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers tasting event1 min read

Win free tickets to the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers tasting on April 30! We’re giving away 3 pairs of tickets to the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers tasting event on Saturday, April 30 from 1-5pm. Help celebrate their new name, sip wine with the makers and learn how grapes go fr
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Viticulture 101: Pruning grapevines3 min read

Viticulture 101: Pruning grapevines Like wine? Want to better understand the winemaking process? Most winemakers will tell you that great wines start in the vineyard. So here’s your opportunity to learn more about how wine grapes are cultivated. In our Viticulture 101 series, we will
Kramer Vineyards Brut sparkling wine

Valentine’s Day– too sweet or not too sweet?1 min read

Valentine’s Day– too sweet or not too sweet? Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Along with Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, it is one of the biggest wine and champagne holidays of the year. Wine and Valentine’s Day just go together. Buying bubbles for your sw
Gregory Bergersen of Solitary Cellars

Why Wine? An interview with Gregory Bergersen of Solitary Cellars Wine Company4 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
Michael Dorf

Why Wine? An Interview with Michael Dorf of City Winery5 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
Shawn Burgert

Why Wine? An Interview with Shawn Burgert of Wandering Wino wine blog5 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
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The Winerabblers are roadtrippin’ to the Wine Bloggers Conference2 min read

The Winerabblers are road trippin’! We are loading up Rabble Rouser: our all-terrain, diesel-powered, Pinot-injected roadster and heading down to the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC). Bucolic Buellton, CA is our destination (about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara), Portland
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Why Wine? An Interview with James Melendez of James the Wine Guy3 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
Wine Bottles sizes

Wine 101: Wine Bottle sizes and names2 min read

Ever wonder what those larger format wine bottles are called and how much they hold? Here’s an easy guide to the most common sizes and names. This information is great for trivia contests and cocktail parties too! 187.5 ml is called a Split and holds just ¼ of a standard bottle of win
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Adventures in Canada: Wine Bloggers Conference 2013 (WBC13)2 min read

In early June 2013, the Rabblers had the great opportunity to attend the 6th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in amazingly picturesque Penticton, British Columbia.  We met many interesting and talented wine bloggers from around the US, Canada and the world.  We also had the special tre
2011 Anam Cara Rosé

Winter Fireworks2 min read

There are many things in life that are seasonal. Tulips bloom between April and June. The groundhog sees his shadow in February. The swallows come back to Capistrano on their own idiosyncratic time frame. Corn mazes and pumpkin patches only happen at harvest time. Some things are tied
¡Salud!

Willamette Valley harvest workers receive medical care administered by ¡Salud!5 min read

Willamette Valley harvest workers receive medical care administered by ¡Salud! ¡Salud! is a nonprofit organization created 21 years ago to assist Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers. With no other agency like this in the country, ¡Salud! aim’s to care for the migrant grape pickers alon
2009 Torreon de Paredes Carmenere

Carménere: the lost wine that resurfaced in Chile2 min read

Everyone loves a great story and the wine varietal Carménere has a past that’s filled with mystery, a disappearing act, seduction and intrigue. Happily, the Carménere grape was rediscovered by a French professor who found the “Merlot” growing in Chile was in fact Carménere grapes! In
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¡Salud! the neglected workers that make Oregon wine possible5 min read

As harvest nears in the Willamette Valley, vineyards are preparing for the grape pickers to arrive. These migrant workers travel from place to place, harvesting grapes as they ripen. Oregon’s wine industry would not be possible without their skilled labor to bring the grapes in from t
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Drink Pink: Celebrate Oregon Rosé wines4 min read

Winemakers throughout the Willamette Valley are making some serious rosé wines these days. Rosé, like many teenagers, suffered an awkward, blushing adolescence as sweet, mass-marketed White Zinfandel. Patton Valley Vineyard and other Oregon wineries are working to change those preconc
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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
Wine for the confused

Use Your Words: Wine Vocab 1012 min read

After watching the John Cleese wine documentary last night, I was inspired to write a blog in order to help wine newbies better communicate their likes and dislikes when seeking help selecting a new wine to try. Let’s face it, wine has the reputation for snobbery, which can intimidate
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All I want for Christmas3 min read

My wish for Christmas is that the winemakers and vineyard owners of Oregon keep honing their skills, thus perfecting the lovely wines being produced throughout the state. My hope is that by continuing to act as good stewards of the land, implementing sustainable measures such as organ
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A good wine will taste good regardless of the view out the window2 min read

One of the advantages of living in the Willamette Valley is that beside the great wine we get to taste, we get to enjoy amazing scenery on the way to each winery. Will I see Adams, Hood and Jefferson from this one? Or will I get a glimpse of St Helen’s and add an amazing fourth peak t
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Summer in a Glass2 min read

Now that it is summer (at least according to the calendar and not Portland weather) I find myself seeking out lighter things to drink. Something chilled and refreshing usually hits the spot on a warm evening. Something chilled is the idea but not necessarily a white wine.  I am more i
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How the Rabble go tasting2 min read

We like to go wine tasting. We do it a lot. With so many options in the Willamette Valley and Hood River areas, it’s easy to just jump in the car and go. But we have learned from past experience that just jumping in the car and heading out is not the best way to utilize our time or mo
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The USA drinks more wine than the French2 min read

The 2010 numbers are in and Americans have officially topped the world in wine consumption. This is big news since the French really put wine on the modern world map and have been leading the charge as the biggest drinkers for many years. “Americans are increasingly interested in a li

WINERABBLE MANIFESTO1 min read

WINERABBLE MANIFESTO Mob. Riff Raff. Unwashed Masses. These are all ways to describe the general public. In a non election year: the chattel. In an election year: Real Americans. Most of these afore-mentioned people tend to drink. We here at Winerabble care about that portion of the p