Wine Tastings

    Huber’s Winery

    … recommended be consumed with some dark chocolate. photo courtesy Huber’s Winery After the tasting, you’re encouraged to sit and stay a while at the winery, where you can purchase your favorite bottle(s) and sip the afternoon away. There’s also a small cafe that offers cheese trays, pizzas, pretzels and beer cheese, sangria and more. The gift shop…

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    Achaval-Ferrer Takes Malbec to New Heights

    … at large, and it was a unique opportunity to hear from the co-founder, Santiago Achaval. As the seminal book on Argentinian wine Vino Argentino by Laura Catena says: “Achaval-Ferrer has done much to promote the distinctive terroirs of Argentine Malbec.” This was never more evident than in the interesting vineyard designate Malbecs at the tasting…

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    Wonderful Winderlea!

    … with a stop at Anne Amie, another vineyard I had not visited. Anne Amie is one of three wineries involved in the Cube Project in which three wineries, Anne Amie, Bouchaine of Napa, CA, and Lincourt of Sta. Rita Hills, CA, each produce three single vineyard Pinot Noirs for three years (2010-2012) to evaluate the impact of wine making and terroir…

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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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