Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012: McMenamins Lodge, near Portland.

My new friend, Bill Eyer, the creator of the Cuvee Corner blog, posted a marvelous photo essay about the hotel some of us stayed in during the pre-Wine Bloggers Conference excursion to Washington County in Willamette Valley, Oregon. It really … Continue reading

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Some Languedoc cattle enjoy wine in their daily rations. Good MOOD, better tasting meat.

Now here’s an interesting wine geek article! French farmers are experimenting with feeding cattle wine — puts them in a good MOOD, increases milk yield, makes meat taste better. Each lucky bovine is receiving 1-1.5 liters/day/animal, the equivalent of 2-3 … Continue reading

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A Tour of SakéOne, Forest Grove, Oregon, August 15, 2012

I was in Portland, Oregon August 14-21 for the Wine Bloggers Conference. On August 15, some of us visited the SakéOne company in nearby Forest Grove. BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW: Saké is gluten-free and sulfite-free. It is treated as a beer … Continue reading

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One of the keynote speakers at last week’s Wine Bloggers Conference was Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyards. More or less a rock star of the wine world, he delivered a poignant talk that is beautifully covered here on Benjamin Simons’s … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Spirit of the Andes, Torrontés Sparkling, Tupungato/Mendoza, Argentina. 13.8% ABV, $14.99 and up.

HA. And I thought I could play hooky and just enjoy a nice, easy wine without reviewing it, while working on my current deadline. NOT A CHANCE. This wine is just plain stinkin’ delicious! Fruity and flavorful, yet dry, with … Continue reading

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Sunday so far

Sunday so far: Ten IGNITE! presentations: 5 minutes per person, 10 slides each, 15 seconds per slide, GO! Lots of fun and, surprisingly, lots of good information shared. Next, a blind wine tasting of Canadian wines! Next year the Wine … Continue reading

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Saturday overview

The morning began with breakout sessions. I attended “How Bloggers Influence the Wine World,” and “The Winery View of Wine Bloggers.” After a quick lunch, I went to a private tasting of William Allen’s new label, Two Shepherds. He is … Continue reading

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Saturday’s Speed Tasting: Reds

Today’s speed/Twitter tasting of reds: Maryhill Winery 2008 Zinfandel. 14.5% ABV. $16.99. Nose: zings! 🙂 Family-owned and operated. Growing more than 1/2 of all the zin in WA. Location: next to river, next to mountain, no freezes. Fruit forward, smooth. Cedar, an eensy … Continue reading

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Friday’s Speed-Blogging Tasting: Whites and Rosés

Here are notes from Friday’s “live tasting” (think speed-dating and Twitter combined). Several bloggers sat at each table and were visited by a new winery every 5 minutes who presented a wine and its back story. Here are the wines … Continue reading

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Catching up on Notes from the Road: Thursday and Friday

Thursday was PACKED with activity: a visit to Montinore Vineyard in the morning with some BEAUTIFUL wines. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED is their Borealis white blend: 38% Riesling, 24% Müller-Thurgau, 23% Pinot Gris, 15% Gewürztraminer. This wine was INTENSELY aromatic and equally flavorful … Continue reading

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