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!

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?

Taylor is another Oregon wine lover who we’ve met recently at a number of different events. We’re surprised it took so long to meet, since we’re a degree of separation apart through many different channels. We had lots to talk about, and he was very excited to share some stories and wines he acquired during his many visits to the Maresh Red Barn tasting room. We taste the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2007 Chardonnay, the 1999 Pinot Noir, and the 2011 Pinot Noir.

Matt Berson of Love & Squalor wines reached out to us to do a show about some new wines he made, and we’re happy that we were able to find a time to make it happen. He’s loved blending every wine he’s released in the past, but with these wines, he was inspired to bottle a tiny amount of single vineyard wines. There are only 25 cases of these single vineyard wines, and we’re thrilled to have their release coincide with this show. Matt has agreed to offer a 15% discount code to folks who watch the show, and you can get the discount code near the end of the episode. We taste the 2014 Sunnyside Vineyard Riesling, the 2014 Wings of Desire, the 2014 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir. We hope you get a chance to order a few of these before they disappear!

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.

Division Wine Company recently released three different bottlings of Gamay Noir, and it started a discussion about getting some of them on the show. Tom and Kate agreed to meet with us, and brought a couple of interesting bottles to go along with two of their own wines. The reputation of Oregon’s Gamay Noir continues to grow, and we enjoyed the insights these two brought during this episode. We taste the 1996 Amity Vineyards Oregon Gamay Noir, the 2015 Division Villages L’Avoiron Rose of Gamay Noir, the 2014 James Rahn Havlin Vineyard Gamay Noir, and the 2015 Division Villages Les Petits Fers Gamay Noir.

After making wine all over the world for a few years, Joe Swick returned to Oregon to make his own wine. We’ve tasted and enjoyed his wine on previous episodes, and he offered to come join us. In addition to his own wines, he brought two wines from Portugal, the 2013 Luis Seabra Granito Cru and the 2008 Arnae Colares Malvasia, both made by friends of his. They make for enough interesting conversation that we ended up splitting the show into two parts! For part two, we taste Joe’s wines, the 2014 Swick wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Swick Wines Les Sous-Bois Pinot Noir. What do you think about completely raw dog wines?

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Dan and Jack met a few years ago, and through social media it’s been clear that we share a lot of favorites. He does great work with his tour company, which is currently changing names from Backroads wine tours to Backcountry wine tours. He visits a lot of our favorite places, and we wanted to get him on the show to talk about his experiences in the Willamette Valley, as well as discuss a few bottles. For the show, we taste the 2013 Purple Hands Holstein Vineyard, the 2013 Crowley Dundee Hills, and the 2014 Storyteller Wine. Is terroir real? What are the most stand-out aspects of it?

Our friend Tom has been collecting Cayuse wines for a few years now, and was kind enough to invite us to share some on a show. Chas and I have had very few of their wines in the past, but like everyone else, we’ve heard a lot about them. It was great to taste them with someone who has had more experience, and could tell some stories about other experiences with these wines. We taste the 2012 Edith Grenache Rose, the 2006 En Chamberlin Syrah, and the 2006 Armada Syrah. Tell us about your favorite variety, and what it tastes like from different regions.

In 2008, Bertony Faustin started Abbey Creek Vineyards, and became the first recorded African American wine maker in Oregon. Recently, he launched a project to make Red, White and Black, a documentary on minority wine makers in Oregon. If you’re in Portland, it would be great to see you at his fundraiser on November 19th. He and assistant wine maker Ocean Yap-Powell joined us for a show. While talking about his winery and the film, we taste his 2014 Abbey Creek Chardonnay and 2013 Abbey Creek Pinot Noir. He also brought some wine from other wine makers in the film, and we taste the 2014 Guillen Family Esteban Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Mouton Noir Other People’s Pinot (O.P.P.). When it comes to wine, do you know your farmer?