New World Gems: Trisaetum Wines from Portland, Oregon

I’m reposting my articles on Oregonian wine because May is Oregon wine month and because the Oregon Wine Trail is coming to town on May 6th. There is something for everyone both a trade tasting and a consumer tasting that day. For more information on these amazing wines and to attend the events, check out Oregonwine.org/trail. I think you’ll find the wines are a revelation.

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The wines from Portland were a real revelation to me this summer when I visited Portland for the Society of Wine Educators conference. I thought many that I tried were really worthy of note. I also took a number of seminars on the wines during the conference. I learned a lot about how things were in the past and what to look for in the future. One grape that everyone kept mentioning was Chardonnay. Apparently, the original clones that they used for the Chardonnay wines were not the ones that were appropriate for the terroir in Oregon. One of the wineries whose Chardonnay I really liked was from Trisaetum. The winery with this very complicated to pronounce name was started by Andrea and James Frey in 2003. It is a conjunction of their children, Tristen and Tatum’s names. The winery is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA and…

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