Earlier this summer, while it was hot, we shot a show with four Rose wines. Chas picked up three, and William Marie Wines was kind enough contribute a sample. The season has passed us, but these would still be enjoyable to have on hand if you find a bottle. We taste the 2016 Analemma Columbia Gorge Rose, the 2017 Miraval Provence Rose, the 2017 McKinlay Willamette Valley Rose, and the 2017 William Marie Columbia Valley Rose.

 

For this show, we wanted to check in on some Oregon Pinot Noir that we’ve been holding on to for a few years. Some of these wines have been on the show before, but they, like us, have aged. We try the 2010 DePonte Cellars Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, the 2012 J Christopher Sarah Adele Pinot Noir, and the 2011 Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.

We’ve featured wines from Weingut Ackermann in the past, and the Junglen family in Zeltingen have been among our earliest and best friends in Germany thanks to introductions from Ewald Moseler and Barnaby and Olga Tuttle. We are very excited to bring you a conversation with Anne. With her husband Harald, she is the second generation of the winery. They run an estate of about 3 hectares (~7 acres), and do all the farming, wine making, and selling. They make excellent Riesling from all three Zeltinger vineyards, and run a great guest house in the village. Their son Marius has studied wine making all over the world, including a harvest with Fausse Piste here in Oregon, and has returned to Germany. He works full time in the cellar at Markus Molitor, and still makes time to begin his wine making at the family estate. We taste a 2016 Kabinett from the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr made by Harald, and one made by Marius, as well as a 2015 Spatlese from the Schlossberg that is consistently one of my favorite German wines. Finally, we get a blind taste of something special from the treasure chamber!

We’ve enjoyed wines from Big Table Farm over the past few years, and were very excited to receive samples of their 2018 Spring releases. The quality of their wines across the board is really impressive now, and their bottles are still among the most beautiful in the business. It’s a pleasure to taste and talk about these. In this show we taste the 2017 Laughing Pig Rose, and the 2016 Willamette Valley Chardonnay, the 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2016 Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Pinot Noir.

We’re happy to have another interview to share with Daniel Immich of Weingut Immich Anker, in the village of Enkirch on the Mosel in Germany. We talk about his current release of Sekt, an interesting bottle of his Eisbruch dry wines, and get introduced to little Maya. The Sekt and the Brut Nature Sekt are both from the 2013 vintage, and the Eisbruch is from 2016.

For this show we picked some Chardonnay that we’ve heard good things about. Dan had tasted the 2014 Twill Willamette Valley Chardonnay at an event, and the 2014 Twill Johan Vineyards Chardonnay and the 2015 Granville Willamette Valley Chardonnay came as recommendations from friends. It’s great to see this kind of quality coming out of new producers, and we’re happy to share these wines.

We’re back, with an episode we shot early last summer. A friend gave us a case of miscellaneous wines around 10 years old, and we decided to taste them on camera to see what survived and what did not. Since it was an experiment for us too, we decided to just taste the whole flight on camera, so you can see how everything fared.  There were surprises for good and for bad, and hopefully you find some of the good surprises to be interesting data points for Oregon white wine.

Episode 349: A Mixed Trio

October 6, 2017

We had some samples on hand that we wanted to get through before Dan takes off for a couple of months. So, we opened the bottles, and tasted through to find a couple of favorites. Then, we added a special bottle of German wine that we’ve been wanting to talk about. We taste the 2016 La Randonee Russel Grooters Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, the 2014 Ledger David Syrah, and the 2016 Ewald Moseler Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett.

Our friend Carl Giavanti introduced us to Don and Dave from Vidon Vineyards. Earlier in life, Don was an astrophysicist for NASA and participated in the Explorer and Apollo projects. He followed that with a career in Silicon Valley that exposed him to the early days of Napa Valley. Future job opportunities took him to Oregon, and he decided that a vineyard here would be his next project. To be chatting and drinking wine with a guy who has done all of this blows both of our minds. Dave’s previous career was doing in depth research into the lives and defenses of yeast cells, providing a great body of knowledge to bring into the cellar. Honestly, you could do a fascinating 30 minute show with each of these guys without saying a single thing about wine! But, wine is what we do, and that’s what brought us together. We hope you enjoy the discussion here, but strongly encourage you to take a trip out to their tasting room to listen to their ideas and stories. Together, we tasted the 2016 Estate Chardonnay, the 2013 & 2014 3 Clones Pinot Noir, and the 2015 Explorer Tempranillo.

Chas has been excited to do this show for a while. He picked out three aged bottles from his collection that Dan had definitely tasted before. He said that they were all from Oregon, but aside from that, all three were poured blind on the show. I hope you enjoy this look at some aged wines from some great local producers. Inside the bags are the 2008 Brick House Les Dijonnais Pinot Noir, the 2007 Johan Vineyards Three Barrel Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Cameron Clos Electrique Chardonnay.