Though her name is supposed to mean graceful, Anne Hubatch, owner and winemaker of Helioterra Wines, claims to be anything but as she carefully navigates her way across the kitchen strewn with small toys. Her family, business, and life all culminate here in this space … children’s drawings, kitchen utensils, a computer, and lots of paperwork … yet somehow, it just seems to work. Continue reading
The winery I work for produces a late harvest Riesling that makes me realize how wholly unappreciated dessert wines are. On any given day I can expect to encounter a visitor that claims to not like “sweet wine,” and opts to skip the last taste in the flight. I can’t help but think that these folks are seriously missing out because they are thinking about dessert wines in the wrong context—as something that might be sipped casually on the patio, coating the palate with sugar. Instead I like to encourage folks to think of dessert wine in a different context. And one of my favorites is in terms of blue cheese.
Recently Wine Spectator released their listing of Oregon wine scores for 2008 in their Jan 31-Feb 28, 2011 issue. 510 wines from Oregon (vintages ranging from 2005-2009) were listed, of which 110 were white wines including Albariño, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and several white blends. Continue reading