December 2, 2013
We picked up three bottles of 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir around the $20 price point for this week’s show. We’ve had good experiences with all three wines in the past, and we’re excited to check in on this vintage. As it turned out, we had some differences in opinion, and found three wines that show their youth, but still work well at their price points for different regions. We taste the 2012 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the 2012 Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee, and the 2012 Walter Scott La Combe Vert.
Where did you go tasting over the holiday? If you didn’t go out, what was the best wine you drank?
November 19, 2013
During the early days of WISB, Brooks was the second winery to reach out to us. We knew very little about them at that time, and the years since have been full of wonderful experiences with their wines and people. We’ve had a few different ideas for shows, but finally managed to get one scheduled. Don Byard was one of the first people to plant European wine grapes in Oregon. He ended up connecting with Jimi Brooks through old vine Riesling, and eventually selling the vineyard to Brooks Estate. He was kind enough to join us to discuss the site’s history, and to share 3 bottles of his original Hidden Springs wines, the 1991 Riesling Reserve, the 1985 Oregon Pinot Noir, and the 1988 Dessert Riesling. Heather Byard Kirk has been a friend of ours for years now, and she has lots of knowledge of all of the current Brooks releases. For the new wines we taste 3 wines made entirely from estate fruit, the 2012 Estate Riesling, the 2006 Rastaban Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Tethys.
Have you ever done a blind tasting? If so, tell us about your favorite one.
November 10, 2013
After leaving a Sommelier job in California to participate in the 2013 harvest season, Rachel ended up in Oregon working with the Teutonic Wine Company. Barnaby and Olga were kind enough to connect us so we could talk about some cool wines they had picked out on a tasting trip in California. It was a great opportunity to taste some wines that we know nothing about, and to see some styles outside of the most popular ones from California. We taste the 2012 Linda Vista Chardonnay from Matthiasson, the 2011 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from Failla, and the 2011 Faufreluches Gewurztraminer from Forlorn Hope.
We have 2 questions today. Why do you drink wine? And do you believe her that there are good wines from California and Australia?
November 4, 2013
While picking bottles for this week’s show, we found single bottles from 2010 and 2012 without a companion from the appropriate vintage. We decided to stick these two loners together, and ended up with a bit of contrast between two nice wines. We taste the 2012 Broadley Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and the 2010 1789 Wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
Do you play any simple little video games?
October 27, 2013
October 20, 2013
We wanted to do some fancier bottles for a show to celebrate hitting 200. It took us a few episodes to get around to it, but here they are. We’ve tasted both of them previously, and knew that they’d give us something to talk about on camera. Both producers are well respected locally, and it’s fun to see what they put into these bottles. We taste the 2011 Pinot Noir Ceras from Antica Terra, and the 2010 Pinot Noir Laurene from Domaine Drouhin Oregon.
Did you run any races this year? Which ones?
October 14, 2013
Chas recently returned from a visit to Colorado, and he picked up 3 local wines in a shop there. We had heard a bit about Colorado wines before, but we had never tasted them. We have the 2012 Canyon Wind Pinot Gris, the 2011 Chateau Deux Fleuves 2 Rivers Chardonnay, and the 2011 Bookcliff Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.
What is the most unusual presentation of a popular grape that you’ve experienced?
October 6, 2013
Thanks again for sticking around for 200 episodes! We hope you enjoy these outtakes and miscellaneous video from the past two years of WISB!
September 30, 2013
For a while, we had been trying to figure out what to do for episode 200. When the time came to record it, Dan’s mom was visiting Portland. She was pretty reluctant to join us at first, but when we offered to taste and talk about a bottle of her favorite wine, she agreed. Hopefully you enjoy the conversation! Thanks for watching our 200th show, and we look forward to many more! Her favorite is the 1985 Langmeil Shiraz Tawny and the 2009 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes isn’t too far behind.
Gena, when will you come up to do a show with us?
September 23, 2013
We had hoped to get our hands on wine from Scotland, and ended up with 3 little bottles of Scotch instead. We have some friends that really enjoy Scotch, and we figured that it would be fun to taste them anyway. All three were solid, and like wine, it was fun to think and talk about the experience. We taste the Speyburn 10 Year Highland, the Glengoyne 18 year Highland, and the blend, Poit Dhubh 12 Year.
How long does Scotch keep after it’s been opened?