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.

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.

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?

Local importer and expert Ewald Moseler joins us to discuss some more German wines. The first three are from his portfolio, and come from Fürst Löwenstein who makes wine from both the Rheingau and Franken regions. The fourth wine was purchased in the 2014 Bernkasteler Ring Auction in Trier! From Fürst Löwenstein we taste the 2014 Cuvee Blanc, the 2014 Silvaner Trocken, and the 2013 Hallgarten Schönhell Riesling Kabinett Feinherb. We end with the auction release of the 2013 Kees-Kieren Erdener Treppchen Spätlese **.

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.

Andrew and Aaron recently started Klima Weinhändler, a wine import business based in Portland. We made a connection over Riesling, but for this show, they wanted to share some fantastic bottles from the Tokaji region in Hungary. These are all new to us, and we were really impressed with the depth and quality of these wines. We hope you enjoy the discussion, and find a way to try these for yourself when they arrive. We taste the 2013 Zsadanyi Dongo Tokaji Furmint, the 2014 Szucs Bohomaly Furmint, the 2010 Zsadanyi Szamorodni, and the 2008 Vineum Tokaji Aszu.

We pulled together three bottles that we were very excited about for this week’s show. All three come from producers we’re fond of, and are bottles we either were excited to try, or excited to share with you. We’ve got the 2013 Kramer Brut Zero Dosage, the 2014 Analemma Pinot Noir Rose, and the 2014 Walter Scott Seven Springs Pinot Noir.

Our last show talked about New Zealand Riesling, this one brings us back to Oregon. We taste wines from two producers who are brand new to the valley, and one from an old producer that doesn’t always have Riesling as part of their line-up. The new wines are 2015 Rieslings with the K from Paetra, and the Medici Vineyard Riesling from Timothy Malone. The third wine is the 2013 Kramer Vineyards Yamhill Vineyard Riesling. Comment on this show to win a pair of tickets to the Riesling Invasion on July 23rd! What is your favorite ripeness level for Riesling?

Matt brought out 3 bottles from Scott Paul Wines, all from 2013, and each representing a different AVA. He joins us, and we discuss the vintage a bit, as well as the recent transition at Scott Paul. Specifically, we have the D122 from Ribbon Ridge, the Bedrock from the Dundee Hills, and the Azana from Chehalem Mountains.

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?