For someone who loves white wine, I’m not shy about my feelings for Pinot Gris. Especially Oregon Pinot Gris.
However, I also don’t ignore the advice I give others: don’t stop trying a wine just because you have one, two, or a dozen you don’t enjoy. There’s bound to be one wine out there that is perfect for you. If only there were a Match.com for winos. If there were, the last several vintages would rate highly compatible for my palate. Here are several Oregon Pinot Gris you should watch for. Continue reading
The first time I met Chris Wishart he spent a good deal of time with a towel wiping wine drips off the bar he had just recently sealed. He chuckled at his fixation and we shared a common understanding that sometimes tiny things consume us completely; things we won’t care about in less than 48 hours. That fleeting obsession, though perhaps not defining of Wishart, neatly tied together the philosophy at ENSO Urban Winery for me: every vintage is distinctive, so let the wines express that moment in time, and capture it as purely as possible. 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
I’ve been reading through many of my tasting notes on northwest white wines as the year comes to an end. My first full year in Oregon I tasted a lot of wines and had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people. Hopefully in the coming year I will have ample opportunity to visit even more tasting rooms in the Northwest.