Taylor is another Oregon wine lover who we’ve met recently at a number of different events. We’re surprised it took so long to meet, since we’re a degree of separation apart through many different channels. We had lots to talk about, and he was very excited to share some stories and wines he acquired during his many visits to the Maresh Red Barn tasting room. We taste the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2007 Chardonnay, the 1999 Pinot Noir, and the 2011 Pinot Noir.

Matt Berson of Love & Squalor wines reached out to us to do a show about some new wines he made, and we’re happy that we were able to find a time to make it happen. He’s loved blending every wine he’s released in the past, but with these wines, he was inspired to bottle a tiny amount of single vineyard wines. There are only 25 cases of these single vineyard wines, and we’re thrilled to have their release coincide with this show. Matt has agreed to offer a 15% discount code to folks who watch the show, and you can get the discount code near the end of the episode. We taste the 2014 Sunnyside Vineyard Riesling, the 2014 Wings of Desire, the 2014 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir. We hope you get a chance to order a few of these before they disappear!

Dan picked up a trio of bottles that are new to the show. We’ve tasted pleny of wine from Evesham Wood here before, but not the Mahonia Vineyard. We also have wines from two producers that we hadn’t tasted here, or otherwise, and were excited to try; the 2014 Willful Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2014 La Randonnee Carlton Hill Pinot Noir.

Chas picked up a three pack of Ken Wright’s recent 2015 single vineyard Pinot Noirs. There’s definitely a big reputation behind these wines, and we like to try some every year to get a taste of what he chose to do with the vineyards he’s had for years. Chas picked out the Freedom Hill, the Guadalupe, and the Shea for this year’s show. We’ve had fun doing this blind in the past, but this year they’re tasted open.

Episode 331: A Mix Of Wine

February 25, 2017

After some time away, Dan picked a mix of wines for this show. The Tripod Project in Portland always makes fun wines with input from three great local wine makers. This week, we taste their Triple Fist Gamay Noir. Daniel Immich has been a favorite German producer since we met way back in Episode 175. Garagiste brought in some of the Immich Anker 2015 Eisbruch Riesling Trocken, and we wanted to taste it to encourage you to keep an eye out for future offers. Finally, we found the 2015 Kees Kieren Erdener Treppchen Spatlese ** Auction Wine in Portland, and were very excited to try another rare find.

Matt wanted to drink some Champagne with us this week, and we were really impressed with what his selections. We hope you get a chance to try one or two of these in the future, because they were all showing well. We taste the Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs, the Eric Rodez Blanc de Blancs, and the 2006 Marc Chauvet Special Club. What sparkling wine did you drink for New Year’s Eve?

This week we have a trio of wines Dan was interested in. All three come from local producers who have done well for themselves over the past few years, making interesting wines with a distinct style. We have the 2015 Bow & Arrow Le Chenaie Sauvignon Blanc, the 2013 Johan Visdom Chardonnay, and the 2014 Teutonic Wine Company 459 Pinot Noir and Gamay blend. What do you want for Christmas?

Dan visited Vancouver Island this past summer, and visited a few wineries while he was up there. It was fun to talk with people in a very new wine region, and fun to taste the different things they’re growing as they learn about the possibilities of the region. For the show, we taste the 2014 Millstone Ortega, the 2012 Averill Creek Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Chateau Wolff Pinot Noir. What’s the next non-local wine region you’d like to visit?

Our friend Matt is a big fan the Hibiki Whisky from Suntory in Japan. For a while, we’ve been resisting the idea of putting more whisky on a show, but he finally talked us into it. We’re glad that he did. We’re far from experts, or even educated about whisky, but we really enjoyed tasting these, and hearing the information Matt was able to share with us.

It is only November of 2016, and we’ve got not one, but two 2016 wines on this week’s show! The 2016 Verdelho Pet Nat from Swick Wines and the 2016 Les Nouveaux Garcons Grenache from Fausse Piste were picked up by Dan at a tasting after they gave a good showing. In addition our friend Beau from Random Wine Company joins us to talk about his Brut Rose of Gamay Noir that was literally labeled and released to market earlier that same day.