We’ve featured wines from Weingut Ackermann in the past, and the Junglen family in Zeltingen have been among our earliest and best friends in Germany thanks to introductions from Ewald Moseler and Barnaby and Olga Tuttle. We are very excited to bring you a conversation with Anne. With her husband Harald, she is the second generation of the winery. They run an estate of about 3 hectares (~7 acres), and do all the farming, wine making, and selling. They make excellent Riesling from all three Zeltinger vineyards, and run a great guest house in the village. Their son Marius has studied wine making all over the world, including a harvest with Fausse Piste here in Oregon, and has returned to Germany. He works full time in the cellar at Markus Molitor, and still makes time to begin his wine making at the family estate. We taste a 2016 Kabinett from the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr made by Harald, and one made by Marius, as well as a 2015 Spatlese from the Schlossberg that is consistently one of my favorite German wines. Finally, we get a blind taste of something special from the treasure chamber!

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.

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 brings us a pair of Pinot Noirs and a Riesling. We received some samples of Rain Dance Vineyards thanks to Trellis, and enjoyed the 2016 Nicholas Vineyard Rose of Pinot Noir and the 2016 Nicholas Vineyard Estate Riesling. Dan had also picked up a bottle of the 2015 Guillen Family Vineyards Esteban Pinot Noir.

Dan has known Tal Caspi for a number of years, and enjoyed his food at a carts and pop-ups. When he opened Aviv on SE Division, he reached out and asked us to join him in the restaurant for a show to introduce some local wines that we like. We brought some current release that we’ve enjoyed recently, and want to thank Vincent and Olga for confirming their fining methods as we made our selections. Together, we taste the 2015 Vincent Tardives Chardonnay, the 2016 Teutonic Wine Company Recorded in Doubly, and the 2015 Teutonic Wine Company Bergspitze.

Jeff Vejr and John House are the winemakers for Golden Cluster and Ovum, respectively. These two wineries are on the cutting edge of Oregon wine, working with fascinating vineyards and grapes, and digging deep into our state’s wine history. They teamed up to open up Les Caves, on NE Alberta in Portland, providing a great space to taste their wines, as well as a great range of fascinating wine from around the world. The use a Coravin to let them do glass pours of older bottles which means they can serve unusually and older wines that way as well as by the bottle. For the show, we taste the 2016 Ovum Big Salt white blend, the 2015 Ovum Off The Grid Riesling, the 2015 Golden Cluster Savagnin Rose, and the 2014 Golden Cluster Ode To Chuck Semillon.

Ken and Erica have been getting a lot of attention over the past few years for making world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at their Walter Scott winery in the Eola Amity Hills. We spent an evening tasting, talking, and having a great time. We split this long interview into a couple of shows, but we hope you enjoy the fact that we kept most of the content intact. Throughout, you can hear their excitement for the Oregon wine community as well as their individual vineyards and the families that farm them. In order, we taste the 2015 Freedom Hill Chardonnay, the 2015 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, the 2015 Sojourner Pinot Noir, and the 2015 Seven Springs Pinot Noir. How do you feel about Willamette Valley Chardonnay? To join the mailing list, send an email to info@walterscottwines.com.

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.

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We’ve got some great samples on hand this week, and want to say thanks to Ed from William Marie and Dixie from Trellis for reaching out to us. We’ve got a 2015 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay from one of Oregon’s old vineyards, and an early adopter of the Dijon clones in Oregon. Ed from William Marie Wines sent us a bottle of his debut commercial release! This is a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Firethorn Vineyard in the Columbia Valley. It’s easy to say yes to samples like these, and we hope you enjoy hearing about them.

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.