Tastings & Events
Get to Know Oregon Chardonnay plus Featured Wines – Free Tastings Friday and Saturday, Feb 17 & 18
Given the topsy-turvy weather so far this winter, we have no idea if this weekend will have you looking for something crisp and refreshing to enjoy in the sunshine or something warming to fight off a wintery chill. So we’ll have great wines for both scenarios open to taste this weekend plus a chance to experience the exciting resurgence of Chardonnay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Join us from 3-7pm on Friday and noon-4pm on Saturday to sample:
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé 2016 - The newest vintage of our best-selling pink treat for the past 3 years is another winner. In the small but excellent 2016 harvest, it's crisp and fresh with juicy strawberry/cherry fruit and a lightly herbal finish.
Eyrie Chardonnay Estate 2013 - David Lett was the first to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley and his son, Jason, is making fantastic Chardonnay from old vines in the Dundee Hills. Nicely rated (92 Wine Enthusiast) and ready to drink with extra time in bottle.
Belle Pente Chardonnay Belle Pente Vyd 2012 - Brian O'Donnell's 2010 Chardonnay from the sedimentary soils of his organic Yamhill-Carleton estate was very fine, but this - from the great 2012 vintage - is better still. Done 50/50 in French and Oregon oak, it's creamy, fleshy, complex and delicious now - 2022 and beyond.
Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay Maresh Vyd 2014 - What is arguably the finest Chardonnay house in Oregon today turned out what some think is one of the greatest Willamette Valley Chardonnays ever in 2014. Rated 94 points by Vinous, it's deep and complex and ageworthy. If it's priced like village white Burgundy that's because it delivers at least 1er Cru quality.
Dom du Bois de Saint-Jean Cotes du Rhone l'Intrepid 2015 - Drinking like a good Chateauneuf du Pape, this all tank blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Carignan is lush and rich and full of spicy, peppery, fruit. Uncommon density for Cotes du Rhone with lots of earthy Syrah and Mourvedre character, it blows away lots of $30+ CdP - from $11.98!
We’ll have some treats from the cheese case out to sample with the wines, too, and lots of information to share as well. We hope we’ll see you this weekend!