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The modern history of Oregon wine is centered around the Willamette Valley, where David Lett established Eyrie Vineyards in the Dundee Hills in 1966, after an extensive search for the right combination of soils and climate for Pinot Noir. His pursuit for the perfect place to plant Pinot would prove to be pivotal, and firmly set the path for …
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Sustainable, Organic, Biodynamic, Natural, Clean, and Vegan wines are everywhere, but what do these terms mean? These wines still taste like wine, so it all comes down to how they’re made. Sustainable wines are produced with limited environmental impact in multiple aspects of production. Wineries reduce chemicals in the vineyard and push for minimizing carbon footprint, …
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Aligoté is the second white grape of Burgundy, with a reputation that has long been eclipsed by that of Chardonnay. However, its reputation of only producing simple, lean and acid driven wines is beginning to change with the advancement of technology and know-how in the vineyards, not to mention climate change, providing growers an opportunity …
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This year’s gatherings for Thanksgiving might be smaller in 2020, but having great food and wine that day should remain the same and they also should be extra delicious this year!  We’ve included the usual suspects for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and wine pairings.  But we have to consider the sides also since Thanksgiving is not just about the meat, the sides are …
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No other country has a variety of climates that Chile can boast. From the hot and arid Atacama Desert in the north where star gazing through clear desert skies has shaped our view of the universe beyond our own Mother Earth; to the Arctic tundra in the south were penguins roam about like short waiters …
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Gary’s Wine Team Member & Educator, Julie Margolis recounts a special trip to the Champagne region… In the late 17th century, Dom Perignon—largely credited with creating champagne, famously uttered the phrase, “Come quickly. I am tasting the stars.” Fast forward 100 years, champagne is a world-renowned symbol of luxury and celebration! On a recent trip …
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Rosé—in all its perfectly pink shades of yummy nectar, has been dubbed the “not so serious” wine for quite some time. But don’t let its laid back, informal appearance fool you. Not only is it the largest growing category in the wine industry, but surprising for some—it has been enjoyed for centuries. Impatience, often associated …
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You know it is summer when the house and all its occupants are in full on “entertain mode.” Your grill might as well be on autopilot. Planning menus—a “who’s bringing what” list and replenishing wine, beer and spirits are ritual. Besides rosé, do you know what the hottest trend is for summer of 2018? Wine …
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Whether it’s the outdoors, the movie “Goonies” or the incredible wine and foodie hipster scene—there’s a lot to love about Oregon. Both Gary and our Wine Director, Brooke, have traveled and explored its wine regions. Gary was so hooked, he’s going back this week! Our list of favorites run long, but we think there’s one producer in particular you’ll fall in …
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Gastronomical matchmaking, much like people matchmaking, can be hit or miss. Two wonderful singles put together in the same room (music, ambiance…muy romantico), does not guarantee chemistry. The same sad scenario could very well play out in your mouth, when a perfectly delectable morsel meets the wrong drink of choice—and all that’s left is a …
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We get asked this question quite often and in honor of Earth Day, we decided to offer you a simple explanation: Sustainable  winemaking involves a communal effort to reduce wastefulness by protecting our soil, water and air. A huge focus is placed on energy and water conservation. Producers practice night-harvesting and use alternative energy such …