Category Archives: Oregon

West Coast Wine Round-Up: 7 Mostly Solid Wines

I’ve been catching up on samples sent to me from a bunch of West Coast (of the US) wineries and thought I’d do a round up, rather than individual posts. It was a mixed bag but overall, the whites were far better than the reds for value and for quality....

Getting Up To Speed On Vintage: Start With 2011!

I’ve talked about vintage before, but as harvest time hits in the Northern Hemisphere (remember it’s in March/April in the Southern Hemisphere) I’ve got an opportunity to discuss it again in a useful way.    In the last month or so, the wine press has been going nuts, excitedly reporting...

Wine For Normal People Radio : Episode 021 The Grape Mini-Series: Pinot Noir

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winefornormalpeople/WFNP-021-2011-07-08.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:38 — 21.0MB)Subscribe via: iTunes | Android | RSSAnd the grape mini-series continues! This time, it’s the “heartbreak grape.” The popular red du jour, Pinot Noir!If you love Pinot, this episode is for you! We talked about the different styles of Pinot...

Torii Mor 2009 Pinot Gris: Sadly, Just Ok

So last week I reviewed the Torii Mor Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley of Oregon, a wine that I love. Coupled with the fact that the wine is solid, the bottle has special significance because it was given to me by Margie Olson herself, the owner of Torii Mor...

2003 Argyle Orgeon Sparkling Wine, Not So Much

Earlier this week I had the virgin experience of tasting an Oregon sparkling wine (BTW–it’s only called Champagne if it’s from Champagne, France otherwise it’s sparkling, prosecco, cremant…you get the gist). I won’t judge all Oregon sparklings by this experience, but if I did…let’s just say that this is not...