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.

After a trip to Piedmont, Dan was impressed with some high quality Barbera wines, and talked about how they get caught in the shadow of Nebbiolo and are under appreciated. Our friend David, is a big fan of Barolo, and for year’s we’ve talked about doing a show discussing Barbera wines of his choice. He picked two from highly respected Barolo producers, and it was great to check them out. We taste the 2012 Giacomo Conterno Barbera d’Alba Francia, and the 2012 Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d’Alba. Do you lean more towards traditional or modern Barolo producers?

This week we have some hand imported bottles from Ireland. Lusca is a very small producer in Ireland that has a special system set up to allow these grapes to ripen, and to protect them from the large amount of rain they can get in that part of the world. We get to try the 2012 Cuvee Number 1, and the 2014 Cabernet/Merlot. What’s the weirdest wine region you’ve had wine from recently?

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?

Jay McDonald has been making Oregon Pinot Noir for decades, with his first vintage coming out in 1996. We’ve had a number of quality of wines from him over the years, and are pleased to finally get a couple of them on the show. Dan went to buy the 2012 EIEIO Cuvee I for this purpose, and Michael Alberty was kind enough to throw in the 2002 to make this show happen. As a thanks to him, we’d like to give away two month long subscriptions to Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages, so you can read Michael’s first article with them. Watch the show to see how to win!

While setting up episode 320 with Ewald, he told us that he is also representing Indian wine from Grover Zampa. Since we had only had a couple of Indian wines before, in episode 273, we were interested in trying these. Grover Zampa has put a lot of work into putting Indian wine on the international stage, and it was great to see what they are making.

We’ve got three new wines to the show this week, as we get back into the Pinot Noir. You love it, we love it. We’ve got the 2013 Denison Cellars Johnson Ridge Pinot Noir, the 2012 Lumos Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Dion Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir.

When we went out to visit Marcus for Episode 274, he offered to discuss some recent Pinot Noir releases as well. We couldn’t refuse, but said that this interview would air well after the previous one. The wines are no longer new releases, but his insights are as fresh as always, and we’re very happy to share this conversation with all of you.  We taste the 2012 Goodfellow Family Cellars Bishop Creek Pinot Noir, the 2012 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir.

Chas picked up a great blind show last week, with bottles from three interesting producers from three different regions of the Willamette Valley. He suggested tasting them blind, and proved to be fun and interesting. We taste the 2012 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, the 2014 Day Wines Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir, and the 2013 Brick House Cuvee du Tonnelier Pinot Noir. Do you love heating pads?

After doing last week’s show, we decided to follow up with one for Christmas. Chas had collected three bottles of Oregon Riesling for a show, and tonight was as good as any. Apologies to those of you who were hoping for Sauternes. We still have a nice bit of variety here, and hope you enjoy it. We taste the 2014 Teutonic Wine Company Crow Valley Riesling, the 2013 Reustle Engedi and Onyx Bloc Riesling, and the 2012 Medici Vineyard Riesling. Did you get what you wanted for Christmas?