Fifth Annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction to Offer Exclusive 2018 Pinot Noir Lots

Wine industry advisor – January 24, 2020 

On April 4, 2020 the Willamette Valley Wineries Association will host the nation’s top wine trade and media for the Fifth Annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction at The Allison Inn in Newberg, Ore. The trade-only Auction will present 86 lots of 2018 Pinot noir, a vintage already being heralded as a modern classic… Read full article


Willamette Valley is Golden at Houston Rodeo Uncorked!

December 19, 2019

Willamette Valley wineries came in strong at Houston’s 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, with 18 Willamette Valley wineries earning medals and 11 of them taking home Gold medals. Read full article


Willamette Valley is Golden at Houston Rodeo Uncorked!

Willamette Valley is Golden at Houston Rodeo Uncorked!

Oregonians love a good rodeo, and Willamette Valley wineries came in strong at Houston’s 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, with 18 Willamette Valley wineries earning medals and 9 of them taking home Gold medals. Check out all the winners here. As many wineries gear up to visit Houston for Pinot in the City on February 4, 2020, the strong results confirm that enthusiasm for Willamette Valley wine in Texas is hotter than ever.

This year, the Rodeo’s competition received a record number of entries: 3,528 wines, which were evaluated by over 130 credentialed local and national judges over two days in November.

Here are the Willamette Valley’s Gold medal winners:

Apolloni Vineyards 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Alexana 2016 Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Revana Vineyard
Archery Summit 2017 Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
King Estate 2018 Willamette Valley Domaine Pinot Gris
King Estate 2018 Oregon Sauvignon Blanc
King Estate 2081 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
Ken Wright Cellars 2016 Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Soter Planet Oregon 2017 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Willakenzie 2017 Willamette Valley Estate Chardonnay
Westmount 2018 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

 

Congratulations to all medalists! 

View all results here. 


Recipe: Lemon Verbena Sausage with Hazelnut Romesco (Soter Vineyards)

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This was paired with Soter’s 2017 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir at their 2019 Fall Wine Club Release party. 

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Lemon Verbena Sausage with Hazelnut Romesco

Chef Sara Hauman, Soter Vineyards

Ingredients

Lemon Verbena Sausage

  • 1 lb ground pork 60% lean preferred
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon verbena chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  • zest of one lemon

Hazelnut Romesco

  • 3.5 oz dried espelette peppers de-seeded and rehydrated in warm water
  • 4 oz roasted hazelnuts
  • 8 oz roasted sweet peppers
  • 8 oz tomatoes peeled
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

Lemon Verbena Sausage

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl making sure to really work the sausage and form an emulsification between the fat and protein. Form into patties or use a sausage stuffer and hog casings to stuff the sausage. Make sure the sausage is cooked thoroughly to 160F.

Hazelnut Romesco

  1. Blend the rehydrated peppers with water until a thick paste forms. Roast the peeled tomatoes in the oven on high until they begin dried out and slightly charred. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process on high for a few minutes until the mixture is not completely smooth, but is thick. Season with salt as desired. This sauce is best when allowed to rest in the refrigerator overnight.


Better Feasting Through Wine

THANKSGIVING 2019 – OCTOBER 9, 2019

It’s always a challenge to find the perfect wine that goes with everything on a Thanksgiving table—but that never stops wine lovers from trying. Luckily, Willamette Valley wines have the perfect characteristics for food pairing. Read full article


Better Feasting Through Wine

Better Feasting Through Wine: tips for holiday pairing

It’s always a challenge to find the perfect wine that goes with everything on a Thanksgiving table—but that never stops wine lovers from trying. Luckily, Willamette Valley wines have the perfect characteristics for food pairing: they’re high in acid, relatively low in tannin and moderate in alcohol, meaning they’ll complement your food without overpowering it. Here are some guiding principles for making the most of the wine on your Thanksgiving table.

It’s not the protein, it’s the sauce. While “red meat with red wine, chicken and fish with white wine” has become conventional wisdom, it’s actually the seasonings and sauces that are most significant when choosing an appropriate wine pairing. If you’re trying an unconventional Thanksgiving centerpiece such as a vegetarian dish, a ham, or pasta, consider whether you’re including a rich, creamy sauce or intense spice element when selecting wine, and be sure to mention it if you’re asking a wine professional for a recommendation.

Pinot is a staple for a reason. Our region’s flagship grape is is one of the most commonly recommended Thanksgiving dinner wines. Why? It has lively acidity to refresh the palate, with alcohol and tannin levels mild enough not to overwhelm delicate foods, and it often shows cranberry and spice notes that fit right in among seasonal side dishes.

But don’t forget to branch out. While Pinot is a terrific table wine thanks to its versatility, don’t forget the other Willamette Valley grapes that pair well with traditional Thanksgiving fare: Gamay, Chardonnay, Riesling, and even Grüner Veltliner and Syrah are all wonderful food wines.

Bubbles are your friend. Festive as sparkling wine may be, we hope you aren’t restricting your consumption to New Year’s Eve and anniversaries. The Willamette Valley has more sparkling wine than ever before, and it’s an obvious choice for holiday food pairing thanks to palate-cleansing bubbles and refreshing acidity.

Try a dessert wine! Our region has wonderful after-dinner sippers in many styles and from many grapes. If you haven’t tried pairing a late-harvest Riesling or Port-style wine with a slice of pie, you’re missing out.

Take a page from winemakers’ cookbooks. If you’d like to introduce a few new dishes into your holiday routine, don’t miss our Harvest Recipes, with winery-submitted dishes tested on harvest crews and winemaking families. 

Photo by John Valls

 


The Best Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

Food & Wine – OCTOBER 8, 2019

Pairing wine with food can be tricky even when a meal is simple. On a holiday like Thanksgiving—when plates are packed with a cornucopia of mains and sides—selecting an appropriate wine can feel downright befuddling. Rather than trying to match wines to individual flavors or dishes, go for bottles that complement a wide variety of foods. Read full article.


Rooted in Jory

THANKSGIVING 2019 – OCTOBER 1, 2019

Long nicknamed the Oregon Pine, the Doug Fir was named state tree in 1939. In 2011, Jory became the Beaver State’s official soil, much to the joy of Willamette Valley winemakers and wine enthusiasts. The distinguished family of state-centric iconography continues to evolve today. Read full article