Tag: Pinot Noir

Summer Wine Adventures

Beyond the Memorial Day barbecues are several months of warmer weather that call for a different wine drinking strategy. Cellar those big Cabernets and move to a lighter style with bright fruit and crisp acidity for balance that will work well with the typical summer foods and as a sipper to enjoy on the deck

Magical Wine Drinking

All good magic tricks occur in the mind. Like watching Penn catch a bullet in his mouth shot from a pistol Teller is holding on the other side of the stage. Rationally you know that it cannot be true, yet there is still a part of you that wants to believe that it really happened.

Musical Flavors

Review of Hagafen Pinot Noir 2013 and the Gimlet, a perfect summer refresher.
There are numerous factors that have been demonstrated to influence the perceptions of a wine including temperature at which it is consumed, the size and shape of the glass, the appearance of the label, the time of day it is drunk, its

Wine and Memories

Review of Four Gates Pinot Noir 2009 and Westland American Single Malt Whiskey.
One of the lovely things about wine is the way drinking of a particularly pleasant one can stir an involuntary memory and evoke recollections of the past without conscious effort. Likewise, wine can sometimes cue a subconscious mental filtering and sifting of

Make The Most Of Your Oregon Wine Trek

A look at the delightful wines from Oregon's Sokol Blosser and R. Stuart & Co. wineries.
If the drive from Portland to McMinnville in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country only takes you an hour, then you have missed several opportunities to taste some of the region’s exquisite wines while enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding

Hidden Gems Exist In Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Reviews of the wines produced by the Coeur de Terre Vineyard and the Dukes Family Vineyards in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
The excellent wines, spectacular views and remarkably friendly people within Oregon’s Willamette Valley make selecting which wineries to visit a difficult challenge. There is comfort in choosing familiar names such as Ken Wright, Soter Vineyards,

Finicky Pinot Noir Grape Can Produce Profound Wine

A review of Yarden Pinot Noir 2009 and the Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
There is some mysterious aspect of Pinot Noir that results in a degree of winemaker madness. It is difficult to grow and vinify, temperamental in the barrel and prone to closing down in the bottle for years

Liquid Poetry

A review of the Tzuba Pinot Noir 2010 and 2 new releases from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Among our favorite varietals for Thanksgiving is pinot noir. It is a notoriously finicky grape that can be difficult to grow and challenging to vinify, but it’s also responsible for some of the world’s greatest wines. It