Earlier this summer, while it was hot, we shot a show with four Rose wines. Chas picked up three, and William Marie Wines was kind enough contribute a sample. The season has passed us, but these would still be enjoyable to have on hand if you find a bottle. We taste the 2016 Analemma Columbia Gorge Rose, the 2017 Miraval Provence Rose, the 2017 McKinlay Willamette Valley Rose, and the 2017 William Marie Columbia Valley Rose.

 

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!

We’ve enjoyed wines from Big Table Farm over the past few years, and were very excited to receive samples of their 2018 Spring releases. The quality of their wines across the board is really impressive now, and their bottles are still among the most beautiful in the business. It’s a pleasure to taste and talk about these. In this show we taste the 2017 Laughing Pig Rose, and the 2016 Willamette Valley Chardonnay, the 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2016 Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Pinot Noir.

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.

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.

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.

As we finally get into summer here in Oregon, we’re happy to share a couple of Roses of Pinot Noir that Dan has enjoyed recently. We’re also happy to have gotten through our technical difficulties, and to be back online. This week, we taste the 2016 Rose from Domaine Douhin Oregon, and the 2016 Rose from Dion Vineyards.