Dan picked up three new bottles of small production Oregon Riesling for this week. We’re happy to be able to try some new things all at the same time, and to see what new producers are going with Riesling here. We taste The Pressing Plant 2011 Dry Riesling, the 2013 Jasper Sisco Clara Estelle Cherry Grove Vineyard Riesling, and the 2013 James Rahn Ana Vineyard Riesling.

 

What wines have you been excited about buying lately?

 

While in Germany, we were invited for a visit with Reinhold and Gisela Pazen of Weingut Herbert Pazen. Our friend Ewald Moseler has been bringing these wines into Portland alone for quite a few years, and they have always been enjoyable. Reinhold was more comfortable answering questions in German, so we just went with it. Together, we taste the 2012 Grauschiefer Riesling Trocken, the 2013 Riesling Hochgewachs Zeltingen-Rachtiger Deutschherrenberg Feinherb, and the 2011 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese. Instead of a question, they wanted to invite you to visit them someday. If you’re ever on the Mosel, we hope you do!

 

 

 

Chas picked three bottles of current release Pinot Noir for this week’s show. All three are around $20 and all three producers make a number of Pinots at higher price points. So, this is a good chance to check out some entry level offerings. We taste the 2013 Ken Wright Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the 2013 Seven Of Hearts Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2013 Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

 

What was your top album of 2014 this year?

We had a good time tasting blind sparkling wine last year, and it was well received. The decision to do it again was easy. Thanks to Matt for the Japanese monkey blind bags. We now have two sets of blind bags to choose from! Chas picked out the wines, so they were single blind for him, and double blind for Dan. In the monkey socks were the Mont Marcal Brut Cava Reserva, the Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling Wine, and the Andre Clouet Champagne.

If you’re buying sparkling wine for $25 or less that isn’t from Champagne or California, what do you pick?

Tom and Kate Monroe started the South East Wine Collective in Portland, where they make their Division Wine Company wines and provide space for a number of other small producers as well. They’ve done great work building the community through their facility, and regular events that include other Oregon wineries. We’ve featured a few of their wines on the show in the past, and were really happy to finally have the chance to taste with them on camera. For the show, they opened up their 2010 Willamette Valley Chardonnay the 2013 Division Villages Pinot Noir, the 2013 Cabernet Franc, and the 2012 Willamette Valley Vielles Vignes Pinot Noir Deux. What are the top 5 guitarists of all time?

 

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Dan took a trip to Chicago over Thanksgiving, and was able to have a quick visit with one of our biggest fans, John, in Sterling, IL. He had picked up a couple of bottles of local wine that he enjoyed, and gave them to us to try on the show. Neither one of us have had Illinois wine before. Even though we hadn’t heard of the winery before, John shared an article talking about their growth and success over the past few years. We like seeing wineries develop in new areas, and it’s great to see them working with the available fruit to make interesting wines. We taste the August Hill 2013 Traminette and the sparkling Mardi Gras, made from Catawba grapes.

What would you like to see us drink on Episode 260?

This past summer, a visitor from Miami brought us a couple of bottles of wine from Florida to try. We’ve never had anything from there before, and we always enjoy trying wine from new states. On recommendation from a local shop, she brought us a bottle of Mango and Carambola wine from Schnebly Redland’s Winery. Both were enjoyable, and it was definitely an educational experience for all of us.

What’s your favorite fruit?

McKinley Springs is one of Washington’s biggest estates, located in the Southern part of Horse Heaven Hills. They’re new to us, but the folks from Trellis sent us three sample bottles to check out, and we were interested in exploring a bit of Washington wine this week. We taste the 2011 Viognier, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2010 Malbec. One of Chas’s cats also joins us for a good portion of this episode.

What is your favorite kind of cat?

When he visited Portland Daniel Immich of Weingut Immich Anker invited us to visit him in Germany. We took him up on it, and had lots of fun hanging out. He offered to do another episode with us on site in his vineyards, and we were happy to seize that opportunity. While visiting the Eisbruch vineyard, we taste the 2013 Riesling Trocken Alte Reben, the 2013 Eisbruch Riesling Trocken, and the 2013 Liebling vom Chef. In the Enkircher Steffensberg, we taste the 2013 Riesling Spätlese from that vineyard.

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