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WARM UP WITH WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINES. 

A year’s harvest is finally in the door, and the vines have released their brilliant leaves as they turn their energy inward. Young wines rest peacefully in barrel; their long slumber of transformation begins, and the promise of the vintage is now safely in the hands of our winemakers.

This is wine country’s coziest time of year. Cool, misty weather brings us indoors to the warmth of intimate tasting rooms, the hushed thrill of that first taste of the new vintage from barrel, opportunities to savor delicious food and wine pairings and the chance to share this moment with the talented makers who can finally catch their breath and embrace the calm of this special season. Get Email Updates.

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The days are long but the years are short, might as well enjoy a nice glass of wine. Lately I’ve been enjoying this Rose from stollerwine! After the babes are in bed I like to pretend I’m actually at the vineyards instead of tripping over Hot Wheels as I make my way to collapse on the couch. Thank you so much #stollerwines for providing me a mini-escape back to Oregon (especially since I was pregnant when I was there and couldn’t partake). Want a mini getaway to the vineyards from your living room? Use code STOLLER to save 15% #drinkstoller #wvwines #oregonwine ...

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‼️Hot off the press: NBA superstar CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers will be the 2020 Ambassador for the annual Willamette: the Pinot Noir Auction, the annual trade auction which opens today.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Currently in Orlando, Florida, McCollum is sheltered inside the “NBA Bubble" which, according to ESPN, has been importing wine from the outside world far more than any other refreshment. 3jmccollum has long been a fan of Willamette Pinot noir and is the region’s newest winemaker, having announced the launch of his own wine brand heritage91wine in partnership with adelsheim a few months back.
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The Blazers play the Dallas Mavericks today at 3:30 PM PST, and we'll be tuning in because we have a new favorite player #RipCity 🏀
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Happy wine Wednesday wine lovers!

We continue to introduce Oregon wine to you. The wine of the day is viognier we discovered on our most recent visit to Willamette Valley winery Dominio IV

Viognier Still Life 2019 by dominio4 reflects the winemaker's artistic personality. Patrick Reuter, the winemaker, and the co-owner of Dominio IV, not just makes wines, but designs labels for each bottle as well. 

"Still Life" 2019 is made with the Viognier grapes sourced from Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley. It was aged in 100% neutral barrels.
Typically, we taste the wine first and later check the back label for the winemaker's wine notes. We were surprised how close our description was to what we read on the label.
We sensed the aromas of tropical fruits, lemon flesh, white flowers, and apricot skin. On the palate, it's dominated by peach, orange, and lemon.
"Still Life" Viognier has a substantial body, higher acidity than we expected, and an orange aftertaste. 

The orange-like profile of "Still Life" calls for appetizers and salads with oranges, tomatoes, and parsley. And we paired it with fish dish accompanied with parsley (see the previous post)

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A few weeks ago we had the most perfect little Saturday out in the upper Willamette Valley wine country! 😍🍷LIVE on the blog is a detailed account of our visit to both lemelsonwinery + eminentdomaine , two of my faves! But WAIT! Tell me YOUR favorite winery to visit in the comments below 👇+ then head to the link in my bio and check out my latest post! 😘
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Did you know that there are two new AVAs in Oregon?
Tualatin Hills and the Laurelwood District are located in the northern end of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, in the heart of Oregon’s Pinot Noir producing zone.

The 33,600-acre Laurelwood District AVA covers the northern slopes of the Chehalem Mountains AVA, including Cornelius, Scholls and Sherwood.

Laurelwood soils consist of a fine windblown soil called loess. It consists predominantly of silt-sized sediment formed by the accumulation of wind-blown dust and was produced by the grinding down of basaltic and other volcanic rocks by glaciers during the last ice age.

This soil produces Burgundian styled Pinot Noir wines with flavors of cherry, blackberry, and spice. These wines are lighter and elegant with well-defined tannins. They are different than the earthier, more robust, black fruit centered styles of Oregon’s sedimentary soils.

The 144.000-acre Tualatin Hills AVA is the northernmost location within the Willamette Valley.

The AVA petition, filed in 2015, was led by Alfredo Apolloni of Apolloni Vineyards, Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate and Mike Kuenz of David Hill Vineyard and Winery.
The petition to the TTB to recognize the unique geology of the area and its iconic wines, was made in 2016 by Ponzi Vineyards and Dion Vineyard.

We have tasted wines from both AVAs, but now we plan to make a tasting comparing them to other sub-regions of Willamette Valley.

What is in your glass today?

(the photo was taken in a different part of Oregon)

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Can we just pretend that summer’s not over yet? 🙈🙈🙈

🍅🍃 Heirlooms, burrata, pistachio basil pesto, and sea salt. With 2018 La Chenaie Vineyard Pinot Noir! 🍷
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Harvest 2020 is starting up, and we want to celebrate that! We are counting down the days until we can begin picking our first grapes destined for our sparkling wines. 🍾

With these unprecedented times, it’s nice to know we’ll still have the #OregonWine we know and love. We will be partnering with some of our neighbors in the following weeks to #CelebrateOregonHarvest and provide food and clothing for families in need. #FeedOregon
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Our son Louis finished harvest in Burgundy last week and just came back to start harvest on our Estate on Ribbon Ridge.
Two harvest seasons this year!
Welcome back to Oregon, Louis!
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Another eerie sky at Domaine Divio tasting room, closed today.
Our thoughts go to all the people affected by the fires.
We are very appreciative of firefighters and first responders who work so hard to keep our communities safe.
We should be open on Thursday and look forward to hosting you again soon.
Please contact us to confirm our opening status as we will continue to watch closely air quality to allow for good tasting conditions.
Stay safe.
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I’ve completely eliminated drinking wine during the week, so come Thursday, I’m excited to pick out my weekend bottle. Tomorrow I’ll be sipping on this 2015 L’Altra Linea Dundee Hills Pinot Noir from furiosovineyard. I picked this up in the tasting room over a year ago so my memory is foggy on the details and notes, but I must have liked it to bring it home!🤷‍♀️🍷

Tell me what you plan to open this weekend! ⬇️
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What would you choose if you have a successful career in computer graphic animation and want to make wine too? Thane Hawkins took a chance and founded Hawkins Cellars.
It didn't happen overnight. During a six month leave of absence, Thane relocated to Oregon. At first, he began making wine out of his garage, and while results were mixed, his passion for winemaking grew.

He set out to get hands-on experience by enrolling in Chemeketa College's viticulture program and working harvest at Wine By Joe. In 2007, Methven Family Vineyards hired Thane to be their assistant winemaker. While working for Methven, he had an opportunity to produce a small batch of his own wine. And thus, Hawkins Cellars was born.
In the spring of 2011, Hawkins Cellars opened a tasting room in downtown Dundee in Willamette Valley of Oregon. The following year Thane Hawkins quits his job in computer graphic animation to give it all to winemaking.

In 2013 Hawkins Cellars planted Pinot Noir on Underwood Mountain and established Cloud Cap vineyard. To mark their tenth anniversary, they opened a second tasting room at this estate location in 2017. The same year Travel + Leisure magazine recognized Hawkins Cellars as Top Rated winery in the Pacific Northwest.

hawkinscellars produce a diverse range of wines from crisp whites and bubbles, to Pinot Noir and bold reds. On our visit to the winery, a few wines caught our attention: 2018 TruNorth White, 2015 Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and 2016 Caldera Red.
In our most recent winery story we share our tasting notes and even more!
Video interview the Hawkins Cellars team including the winemaker Thane Hawkins! (Make sure to watch till the end to find our more intimate details about his life in the wine country)
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