April 22, 2013
Our friend Matt, who has joined us on a number of episodes, recently had a housewarming party. Since previous parties have involved Champagne antics, we decided to step it up, and document it. We had a bottle of Champagne from Francis Cossy on hand. All three of us are quite fond of it, and we looked forward to drinking the rest of the bottle. Thanks to Joy and Matt for running the cameras, and thanks to Chas for being brave enough to record two takes! We’ll be back to our regular program next week! Viva el delfin rosado!
February 25, 2013
Dan picked out a couple of bottles of Pinot Noir based rose wine for this week’s show. Both had been good in the past, and both showed brilliantly when tasted this time. Both come from unique vineyards and represent some really original wine growing and wine making. Wines like this are a big reason that Oregon is such an exciting place to explore. They also show that Pinot Noir can deliver great things in unconventional wines as well as traditional ones. We taste the 2011 Teutonic Wine Company Brut Rose from the Wahlstrom Vineyard, and the 2011 Analemma Columbia Gorge Rose.
What was the last vehicle you purchased?
December 30, 2012
We wanted to do a sparkling wine show for the New Year episode this year. Chas suggested that we do a 3 bottle blind show with a bottle each from Champagne, Oregon, and California. Dan loved the idea, so here it is. All of the wines were selected by Chas, and bagged before the start of the show. We don’t do too well at guessing the origin, but they all make a good showing as simple sparklers. We taste the Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne, the 2009 Argyle Brut, and the Roederer Estate Brut.
What is your favorite sparkling wine?
November 12, 2012
We met Kim Kramer about a year ago when our friend Beau moved to Oregon. At various social events, we discussed the new things she was doing at her family winery, Kramer Vineyards, and her excitement for their vineyards. A few tastings of their wines proved enjoyable, and we finally managed to schedule a visit to the winery to do an interview. They have some unique vineyards and an ambitious Brut program, and we hope you enjoy Kim’s insights as we discuss the wine. In this show, we taste the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Brut, the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Estate Müller-Thurgau.
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Dan picked up two bottles of Pinot Noir for this show. We’ve both enjoyed wine from both producers, and Dan really enjoyed the 2009 vintage of this wine from Walter Scott. The 2010 Haden Fig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir No. 52 is made by Erin Nuccio, who also produces Evesham Wood. The 2010 Walter Scott Dumb Ox Pinot Noir is made by Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon, who have been Portland wine professionals for years and started their own winery in 2008.
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October 23, 2012
Chas picked out a couple of bottles that he wanted to add to his collection. We’ve had good experiences with both producers in the past, and we’re always interested in checking out their wines when we have a chance. They both deliver quite nicely for their price points and show the quality available from Oregon around $30. We taste the 2010 Saint Innocent Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Cameron Reserve Pinot Noir.
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October 1, 2012
We wanted to check out some more Oregon Chardonnay and brought three bottles on to the show this week. We picked up the 2009 Patton Valley Vineyard Willamette Valley Chardonnay and the 2010 St. Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay recently, and we’ve had the 2010 Crowley Four Winds Chardonnay for a couple of months and wanted to try that on the show as well. All three turned out to be solid wines, and it keeps us excited about trying more Chardonnay.
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September 11, 2012
We realized that it’s been a while since we had some local Chardonnay on the show, so we decided to check in on a couple of cheaper bottles. We picked up the 2010 Apolloni Estate Chardonnay and the 2010 Lange Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Both are pretty crisp and enjoyable.
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We continue tasting Oregon Pinot Noir with two wines from 2010. The Division Winemaking Company is new, and we taste their “Un” Pinot Noir. Lemelson’s first release was in 2001, and we try their Thea’s Selection Pinot Noir.
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August 27, 2012
While out on a tasting trip, Dan discovered the 2011 Youngberg Hill Aspen Vineyard Pinot Gris, and wanted to share it with viewers who may also have a harder time with Oregon Pinot Gris. We also saw the 2011 Commuter Cuvee from Grochau Cellars on some shelves around town and we were excited to see what this year’s release tasted like. Both are good wines and both can be found under $20.
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