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.

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.

Big Table Farm is run by Brian and Clare, who moved up here chasing a wine dream. Today, they’re living that dream, and making some of Oregon’s best wines on their farm in the Northern Willamette Valley. When they recently released some wines to their mailing list, Dan picked up the 2014 Wirtz Pinot Noir, and the 2015 Pelos Sandberg Pinot Noir.

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 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.

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?

Evesham Wood has a great reputation for making great wine as well as being one of the Willamette Valley’s long standing values. It’s the producer that turned Chas on to Pinot Noir, and we like to check in on some of their wines every year. The 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from them just came out, and Chas brought that bottle. A couple of weeks ago, we went tasting at Johan Vineyards. They are a newer producer, but one we’ve liked from the beginning. At the tasting room, we really enjoyed their 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, and wanted to see how it would do on the show. At ~$20 and ~$30 respectively these are great entry level wines in two different styles.

We’re both big fans of wines from Paetra and Brooks and were excited to do this show. Both put a lot of effort into not only delivering high quality Riesling in the glass, but also careful farming and dedication to expressing place. Both make multiple types of Riesling, looking to express different character in each one. We’re always interested in what they do, and are happy to talk about some of them today. From Brooks we taste the 2014 Muska Riesling and the 2014 Orchards Fold Riesling. From Paetra, we taste the 2015 Eola Amity Hills Riesling.