January 28, 2013
We met Craig Havlinek this past summer at the Wine Blogger’s Conference, and had a great time chatting with him about Southern Oregon and Del Rio wines. Del Rio Vineyards is the biggest single vineyard in Southern Oregon, and we were familiar with the Syrah they’ve supplied to a bunch of Willamette Valley producers that we’re familiar with. We learned that they grow a wide range of varieties, and that they have a line of estate wines in addition to the grapes that they sell. Their wine maker, Jean-Michel Jussiaume is from the Loire, which lets him bring a unique viewpoint to Southern Oregon wine. We taste the 2011 Pinot Gris, the 2010 Pinot Noir, the 2010 Syrah, and a white blend that was brought to us fresh from the tank.
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Johan Vineyards is one of our favorite producers, and we always enjoy tasting and visiting. We got to do a show at the winery on the release date of their new label, “Farmlands”. All of the wines were delicious, and we get some great insight into biodynamic farming. These two guys really care about the land they work with and the wine they produce, and we’re excited to share their thoughts with you as well as our thoughts on some of their wines. We taste a barrel sample of the 2011 Johan Vineyards Grüner Veltliner, the 2011 Farmlands White Table Wine, the 2011 Farmlands Pinot Noir, and the 2009 Johan Vineyards Three Barrel Pinot Noir.
Is biodynamic or organic farming important to you when shopping for wine or produce?