Wine Tastings

    Wonderful Winderlea!

    …The centerpiece of Friday’s agenda was a summer wine pairing luncheon at one of my favorite Oregon wineries, Winderlea, that is in the heart of the Dundee area. On the way out of Salem, we stopped at St. Innocent, a winery I have never visited that came highly recommended. We enjoyed one of the wine flights offered and I particularly liked…

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    Sass Winery

    …, Jerry, was finishing up an order. Wasting no time, the private tasting began, starting with the lovely 2013 Pinot Gris. We worked our way through three more white wines and then it was time for Pinot Noir. Jerry bottles two labels, his Willamette Valley blend and Vieux Amis (“old friends”). We tasted the 2012 blend and then the 2009 (one of my…

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    “Que Syrah” and Ballard Canyon

    … complement to the session on terroir, eight Ballard Canyon wineries presented their remarkable Syrahs during an afternoon tasting. The wineries included Kimsey, Beckmen, Stolpman, Rusack, Harrison Clarke, Larner, Jonata, and Saarloos and Sons. Syrahs are very dark in color (we all had purple teeth by the end of the tasting) with intense flavors and lots…

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