While visiting Southern Oregon, Chas stopped by the Brandborg tasting room in Elkton. He enjoyed the stop, and noticed a table full of library wines. At only $20 a piece, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to pick up a five year vertical centered on 2007. That’s an average of 10 years old across the five wines! We’re thrilled to bring content like this, and hope you enjoy these wines from one of Oregon’s newest AVA’s.

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?

Our friend Tom has been collecting Cayuse wines for a few years now, and was kind enough to invite us to share some on a show. Chas and I have had very few of their wines in the past, but like everyone else, we’ve heard a lot about them. It was great to taste them with someone who has had more experience, and could tell some stories about other experiences with these wines. We taste the 2012 Edith Grenache Rose, the 2006 En Chamberlin Syrah, and the 2006 Armada Syrah. Tell us about your favorite variety, and what it tastes like from different regions.

A while back, our friends David and Heidi invited us to do a vertical of Domaine Drouhin Laurene with them, to capture a snapshot of how these wines evolve, and see how the vintages taste alongside each other. We were thrilled to have the opportunity, and enjoyed the entire line-up. Domaine Drouhin Oregon has a history of producing great wines here, and this barrel selection is always worth checking out. This will be the first with the “A View From The Cellar” title, which we want to use for shows looking at older vintages, or interesting personal collections. Does Veronique agree with our tasting notes?


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While travelling the world again, our friend Matt picked up three bottles from Israel that he tasted at a Hatraklin. These are all new to us, but provide an interesting look at some good things going on over there. We taste the 2011 Mia Luce Rosso, the 2006 Ben Zimra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, and the 2013 Tal Roussanne. Can you name a signature grape from a lesser known region?

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.

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Have you ever done a blind tasting? If so, tell us about your favorite one.

Our friend Vic generously offered to share small vertical from his cellar on the show, and we were happy to take him up on it. He brought the 2005, 2006, and 2007 bottles of Lange Winery’s Freedom Hill Pinot Noir. This is always a high quality bottling from a respected winery and vineyard. These three vintages always make for an excellent vertical due to the significant weather differences. We’re also excited to share some thoughts from another local collector who’s had many more years of experience with Oregon Pinot Noir.


Why haven’t you tasted these wines yet?

Our friends Kevin and Rick spent ten years living in California’s Central Coast wine country. Since we don’t have a lot of experience with California wine, and since we focus heavily on wines from the Northwest, they offered to open some favorites from their cellar for a show. They’ve always shared good wine at other events, so we were both excited to give it a try. The results far exceeded our expectations, and set new standards for our palates in regard to Pinot Noir and Syrah from California. They were so good, that we even became self conscious of our enthusiasm. But, sip after sip confirmed that these wines hit our palates very well. We tasted the 2007 Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir from Talley Vineyards, the 2008 The Hedge Syrah from Terry Hoage Vineyards, the 2009 Parea from Transcendence, and the 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Chateau Margene.


Did you know about Central Coast wine before this show?

We tasted the Poet’s Leap Riesling from Longshadow on an earlier episode, but neither of us have had much experience with their reds. Dan came across some half bottles recently, and we both thought that they’d make for a fun show. We taste the 2006 Sequel Syrah and the 2005 Chester Kidder.

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What famous wine maker outside of the United States would you like to see do a project in the States?

Dan has regularly made jokes about Bordeaux being too expensive and too rough to reliably enjoy, so when the folks at Balzac Communications and Planet Bordeaux offered to send us some samples, Chas so this as a perfect opportunity to make a point. We picked our three favorites for a show, and we both agreed that these three deliver good value and buck the trend of Bordeaux as expensive, heavy, and overly tannic. We’re also happy to be able to share some sub $20 recommendations with you. In this show, we taste the 2006 Chateau Marechaux Bordeaux Superieur, the 2004 Chateau Lescalle Bordeaux Superieur, and the 2007 Chateau Au Grand Paris Bordeaux Superieur.


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What wine regions are you biased against, and why?