Winerabble 2020 year in review

 

Wow, what a year?! I know WE needed copious amounts of wine to get through 2020. How about you? With the many challenges this year, my mission has been to share with you as many wines and the stories behind the skilled winemakers as possible. Since the pandemic began, wineries (and other small businesses) desparately need your support!

 

If you can, please support them by buying their wines!

 

What libations helped you through 2020?!? We’d love to include them in our 2021 year in review!

 

Pinot noir

 

2018 Furioso Vineyards Pietro Pinot noir

 

2018 Hundred Suns Sequitur Vineyard Pinot noir

 

2018 Hundred Suns Old Eight Cut Pinot noir

 

2018 Ridgecrest Pinot noir

 

2018 Hyland Estates Old Vine Pinot noir

 

2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Temperance Hill Pinot noir

 

2017 RR Pinot noir

 

2017 Montinore Estate Red Cap Pinot noir

 

2017 Irvine and Roberts Vineyards Convergence Pinot noir

 

2017 MonksGate Vineyard Classic Pinot noir

 

2017 Brandborg Vineyard Bench Lands Pinot noir

 

2017 Brick House Vineyard Les Dijonnais Pinot noir

 

2016 Montinore Estate Parsons’ Ridge Pinot noir

 

2016 Trisaetum Coast Range Estate Pinot noir

 

2016 Devona Mount Richmond Pinot noir

 

2016 River’s Edge Black Oak Vineyard Pinot noir

 

2015 Devona Freedom Hill Pinot noir

 

2015 Patton Valley Vineyards The Estate Pinot noir

 

2008 Six Peaks (formerly J. Albin) Winery Laurel Vineyard Pinot noir

 

Gamay noir

 

2018 Ridgecrest Gamay noir

 

Syrah

 

2018 Smoky Rose Cellars Syrah

 

2017 Time and Direction Syrah

 

2017 K Vintners Syrah

 

2015 Abacela Reserve South Face Block Syrah

 

Red blends

 

2017 Walla Walla Vintners Columbia Valley Red Blend

 

2017 Troon Vineyard Cuvée Pyrénées

 

2016 Drink Washington State Escape to Walla Walla Red Blend

 

Tannat

 

2016 Troon Vineyard Tannat

 

Tempranillo

 

2017 Abacela Tempranillo Fiesta

 

2017 Plaisance Ranch Tempranillo

 

2015 Abacela Reserve Tempranillo

 

Sangiovese

 

2018 ViNO CasaSmith Cinghiale Sangiovese

 

Malbec

 

2017 Plaisance Ranch Malbec

 

Cabernet sauvignon

 

2015 Devona Cabernet sauvignon

 

2015 Kriselle Cellars Cabernet sauvignon

 

Merlot

 

2016 Devona Merlot

 

Grenache

 

2017 DAMA Wines Grenache

 

Tinta amarela

 

2016 Abacela Tinta amarela

 


 

Rosé wines

 

2019 Abacela Grenache rosé

 

2019 Smoky Rose Cellars Rosé of Cabernet franc

 

2019 Walla Walla Vintners rosé

 

2019 Sainte Béatrice rosé

 

2019 SMAK Summer rosé

 

2019 Furioso Vineyards rosé of Pinot noir

 

2019 MonksGate Vineyard Dry Rosé of Pinot noir

 

2019 SMAK Wines Spring rosé

 

2019 Plaisance Ranch Ginet rosé

 

2019 SMAK Wines Fall-Winter rosé

 

2019 Quady North Grenache rosé

 

2019 Troon Vineyard Kubli Bench rosé

 

2019 Chateau Roubine Cru Classé

 

2018 Montinore Estate L’Orange

 


 

Anything bubbly

 

2019 Troon Vineyard Piquette!

 

2019 Troon Vineyard Pét tanNat

 

2019 Brandborg Vineyard All Hands Gewürztraminer Pétillant Naturel

 

2019 Savage Grace Côt Pétillant Naturel Sparkling Wine

 

2018 Quady North Pét-nat

 

2016 Mellen Meyer Vine(archy)

 

2015 Argyle Brut rosé sparkling wine

 

2015 Six Peaks Blanc de noir sparkling wine

 

Mellen Meyer Willamette Valley Brut Sparkling wine

 

J Vineyards & Winery Brut rosé

 

Pierre Gimonnet et Fils NV Oger Grand Cru

 


 

Chardonnay

 

2019 Mercer Bros. Chardonnay

 

2019 J.C. Somers Vintner Corrine Vineyard Chardonnay

 

2017 Devona Washington state Chardonnay

 

2017 Devona Freedom Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

 

Riesling

 

2019 MonksGate Vineyard C12 Dry Riesling

 

2019 Paetra Wine Co. Willamette Valley Riesling

 

2018 Brandborg Vineyard Oregon Riesling

 

2017 RR Riesling

 

Pinot gris

 

2019 Ridgecrest Old Vine Estate Pinot gris

 

2018 Montinore Estate Pinot gris

 

2016 Keeler Estate Vineyard Pinot gris

 

Pinot blanc

 

2019 Paetra Wine Co. Pinot blanc

 

Sauvignon blanc

 

2019 J.C. Somers Vintner Sauvignon blanc

 

2017 Kriselle Cellars Sauvignon blanc

 

Viognier

 

2019 Time and Direction Fretboard Viognier

 

2019 Plaisance Ranch Viognier

 

2018 Kriselle Cellars Viognier

 

Grüner Veltliner

 

2019 Ridgecrest Estate Grüner Veltliner

 

Albariño

 

2019 Abacela Albariño

 

2019 Kriselle Cellars Albariño

 

Melon de Bourgogne

 

2018 De Ponte Cellars D.F.B. Melon de Bourgogne

 

Gewürztraminer

 

2013 Brandborg Vineyard Gewürztraminer

 

Chenin blanc

 

2019 L’Ecole No 41 Chenin blanc

 

Semillon

 

2018 L’Ecole No 41 Semillon

 

Roussanne

 

2018 SuLei Cellars Roussanne

 

Verdejo

 

2019 Red Lily Vineyards Stargazer Lily Verdejo

 

Moscato

 

2017 ViNO Moscato

 

White blends

 

2018 Quady North Pistoleta

 

2017 Brandborg Vineyard Coastal Cuvée

 


 

Other wines

 

2017 Wild Wines Dandelion wine

 

2017 Wild Wines Aronia Berry wine

 

2017 Wild Wines Raspberry wine

 


 

Cocktail recipes

 

SMAK summer rosé cocktail

 

Lemon Basil Vodka Tonic Cocktail

 

Paloma Brava cocktail

 

NEFT Vodka Lavender Sky Cocktail

 

Mezcal Basil Margarita

 


 

Mead

 

Wildflower Semi-dry Draft Author Mead

 


 

Cider

 

Alter Ego Dark Royale Black Currant Cider

 


 

Hard seltzer

 

Flying Embers Passionfruit Elderflower hard seltzer

 

ICAN hard seltzers

 


 

Why Wine? interviews

 

Do you want to be profiled on Winerabble?

 

Why Wine? An interview with Andy Lytle of Lytle-Barnett 

 

Why Wine? An interview with Brad Binko of Eternal Wines

 

Why Wine? An interview with Dave Specter of Bells Up Winery

 

Why Wine? An interview with John Abbott of Devona Winery

 

Why Wine? An interview with Earl Jones of Abacela Winery

 

Why Wine? An interview with Andrew Albin of Six Peaks Winery

 

Why Wine? An interview with Steve Wells of Time and Direction Wines

 

Why Wine? An interview with Kelsey Albro Itämeri of itä wines

 

Why Wine? An interview with Jodi and Josh Roznowski of Smoky Rose Cellars

 

Why Wine? An interview with Ryan Woolfolk of Van Duzer Vineyards

 

Why Wine? An interview with Chad Stock of David Hill Winery

 

Why Wine? An interview with Jay Somers of J.C. Somers Vintner

 

Why Wine? An interview with Grant Coulter of Hundred Suns Wine

 

Why Wine? An interview with Fiona Mak of SMAK Wines

 

Why Wine? An interview with Rebecca Moore of MonksGate Vineyard

 

Why Wine? An interview with Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery

 

Why Wine? An interview with James Frey of Trisaetum Winery

 

Why Wine? An interview with Bryan Otis of Matthews Winery

 

Why Wine? An interview with Shae Frichette of Frichette Winery and Sashay Wines

 

Why Wine? An interview with Marcus Rafanelli of L’Ecole No 41

 

Why Wine? An interview with Joe Ginet of Plaisance Ranch

 

Why Wine? An interview with Mike Lempriere of Perennial Vintners

 

Why Wine? An interview with Miguel Marquez of Vino Veritas Wine Bar

 

Why Wine? An interview with Carla David of Wild Wines

 

Why Wine? An interview with Tom Huggins of Eola Hills Wine Cellars

 

Why Wine? An interview with Steve Anderson of Eola Hills Wine Cellars

 


 

Wine 101 series

 

Wine 101: Wine terms explained, Acidity

 

Wine 101: Wine terms explained, Mouthfeel

 

Wine 101: Bubbles… explained, part one

 

Wine 101: Bubbles… explained, part two

 

Wine 101: Bubbles… explained, part three

 


 

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How to travel safely during a pandemic

 

Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast, an oasis in Oregon wine country

 

The Pin Project, an alternative to Dry January

 

2019 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report

 

COVID-19 Resources part one

 

COVID-19 Resources part two

 

COVID-19 Resources part three

 

COVID-19 Resources part four

 

COVID-19 Resources part five

 

COVID-19 Resources part six

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About the Author: Michele Francisco

Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at michele@winerabble.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.

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