The World of Wine Festival just announced they are hosting a YouTube video contest for the incredible opportunity to be their wine judging intern for this year's competition. Contest starts tomorrow and lasts until July 25th, so get to brainstorming about why you deserve to be the World of Wine Festival Intern.
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Janet Eastman amazes me again with her wonderful and witty writing. Her latest article published on July 1, 2010 in the Oregon Wine Press discusses the highly-publicized Footstone Jive Winery Founder, Steve de Jaray.
Brandborg recently received a nice honor by Eric Asimov of The New York Times ranking first in his list of top gewurztraminers. While the field of 20 wines were overall lower than expectations, Brandborg rose to the top, an unlikely contender in the California-dominated field.
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Live from Walla Walla at the Wine Bloggers' Conference, Chris and I are here "speed dating" white wines. We will have 5 minutes with each wine and will be reporting our findings.
2009 Big House White: A brand new concept in wine- artisan wine in a new package "a box" called Octavin. Box keeps wine fresh for 6 weeks. Up to 20 glasses in one box. The tasting notes say, "nose candy," I don't think that is a good descriptor to be using (sniff, sniff...haha).Tropical nose, boring on the palate. Blend of malvasia bianco, muscat, viognier, gruner veltliner, pinot gris and riesling. $21.99
2008 Maryhill Viognier: Maryhill grows 23 varietals on the property and produces 80,000 cases annually. Floral and toasty on nose, slightly sweet on the palate. Serve warmer than your typical white wine to bring out more aromas. 4,000 cases produced. $11.95
2008 Houge Cellars Genesis Riesling: Houge produces 200,000 cases of riesling a year, this riesling is the reserve tier of their riesling production. 1.8% residual sugar. Petrol on nose, sweet peach and tangerine when it hits on the palate and finishes crisp. Balanced acidity. Good value at $16.
2008 Buty Bourdeau White: Semillion/Sauvignon Blanc/Muscadelle blend. Subtle honey on nose. Asparagus and astringent on palate. Brightness of a NZ Sauv Blanc. $25
2009 Dusted Valley Rosé: Label was recently banned in Alabama because they thought they could see nipples on the label :) 52% Mouvedre, Counouise and Viognier.273 cases made.Gorgeous strawberry, tropical nose. Smells like Muscat. High alcohol for a rosé at 14.2%, but overal good summer wine.
2008 DeLille Chaleur Estate Blanc: 62% Sauvignon Blanc/38% Semilion. Located in Woodinville. Served too cold. 60% new French Oak fermented. Meaty for a white wine. Best food pairings would be anything with butter or sauce! $34
2008 Duck Pond Pinot Gris: I am smelling sweet corn on the nose?! 10,000 cases made. $15
FYI Duck Pond planted all Pinot Noir in the Umpqua Valley.
2009 Centine Bianco from Toscana: 40% Sauv Blanc, 30% Pinot Grigio, 30% Chardonnay. Vibrant pear and tropical notes on nose. This smells like our friend Chris Cushman (in a good way). :) 7,000+ acre estate in Southern Tuscany... holy cow!
2009 Kung Fu Riesling: 1.5% residual sugar. 12% alcohol- 800 cases.
2009 Kung Fu K Vineyards Viognier: Served too chilled to grab nose notes. $22
2008 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay: 100% French oak. 4.5 months is oak. 30,000 cases. Winery representative claims "best Chardonnay they've ever made." Food friendly. $29
2008 Amaurice Cellars Viognier: Finally a white served at the correct temperature! Romantic nose of pineapple. Delicious. $25
2008 Cadaretta: 79% Sauv Blanc, 21% Semillion. Diesel on nose. High acid. I like acid. $23
AND one hour is over!
Rob and Carey of Corks and Caftansvisited the Willamette Valley earlier this year. They had a great visit taking in many wonderful producers and Chris and I were fortunate enough to spend time with them at a book reading and over dinner at Farm to Fork in Dundee. But, not only did they experience the wonderful Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon sneaked in their visit as well:
In Rob's words:
Ironically the first and last wines Carey and I tasted on our trip were from Southern Oregon—a Del Rio Vineyard Syrah from Tyrus Evan, and an outstandingReserve Tempranillo from AbacelaVineyard and Winery. This was a theme that persisted—there was incredible interest in how Southern Oregon was progressing. From Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah to Tempranillo, Barbera, and Sangiovese—S.O. is bringing serious diversity to the Oregon wine scene.
Join us this Wednesday, June 23rd from 6-8 p.m. at the Portland South Waterfront John Ross Building (3623 River Parkway) for an evening of wine tasting with Folin Cellars of Southern Oregon and Brigadoon Winery of the Willamette Valley. We will be featuring:
Word on the street- California Street- is that founder, Steve de Jaray had his hearing yesterday and things didn't go well. He is not appealing, therefore Footstone Jive Winery has left Jacksonville and their 'opening soon' signs have been removed.
Yesterday Chris and I attended the first (and hopefully annual) Southern Oregon Wine Marketing and Sales Conference at the OSU Extension office in Central Point. Over 100 people attended from winery and vineyard owners to wine writers.The event organizers brought in amazing speakers that led seminars like:
Del Rio Vineyards in Gold Hill.
Today was both Chris and I's last day of college! He will graduate with an enology degree from the Northwest Viticulture Center and my degree is in Business Entrepreneurship from Oregon State University.
How perfect are our graduation gifts from Chris' dad:
Coincidentally enough, today is the last day for commentary on Footstone Jive's OLCC application. If you would like to put in your two cents, please email the local representative firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the issue at hand.
If you would like to educate yourself about Footstone Jive please read these two news articles:
'Poster boy' for securities misconduct charged with export offensesby The Vancouver Sun
The winery owner faces charges over technology exports by The Medford Mail Tribune
and my editorial:
Footstone Jive Sparks Controversy