Wine Wednesday: 2013 Laurene from Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Perfect Thanksgiving Wine

I am posting this again because the French #Winophiles this week is writing about the links between France and Oregon. Follow the group Saturday, December 19th at 11:00am EDT. LM Archer’s post is at this link: It should be a great array of articles to read. Don’t miss it.


Today’s wine of the week and Wine Wednesday post is dedicated to Domaine Drouhin Oregon wine, Laurene. I tasted this extraordinary Pinot Noir at the New York Wine Experience in October, held by the Wine Spectator. While I had been in Oregon for the first time last summer, I did not get to visit this particular vineyard in the Dundee Hills.

The wine was beautiful with bright red fruit, a spicy, forest undertone, and a long layered finish with waves of tertiary aromas and flavors. Elegant and complex yet not overpowering, this is a perfect wine to grace any Thanksgiving table. The wine is named for the winemaker Véronique Drouhin’s oldest daughter, Laurène.

Made from hand harvested, estate fruit, the wine ferments on its native yeasts and is placed into barrels. Of course, they use French oak but only 20% of it is new oak. The wine is a…

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Discovering New Grape Varieties in the Finger Lakes

I thought of this post today after following the Heritage grape webinar with Carlo Devito and the New York Wine Grape Foundation. Pete Bell of Fox Run spoke about Traminette which I remembered fondly from that trip to the Finger Lakes. So much to learn about and to try. I heard of a new grape today too, Vincent. Apparently it started as a table grape and some home winemakers decided to vinify it into wine. All of the grapes we talked about today were hybrids and had some common lines – cold and disease resistant and high acidity. Cheers to New York!



Today I was lucky enough to visit five wineries on Cayuga lake, one of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. I’ve always shied away from tasting hybrid grapes and those made with the Vitis Labrusca vines but today I decided to throw those preconceived notions out the window and just taste what is grown locally. I found a number of wines that interested me among the many that we tasted.

The wine above was from Knapp. The winery has been active for 35 years. Apparently they are home to some of the oldest red varieties grown on the Cayuga Wine Trail.

I tried their Vignoles and their Niagara. The Niagara was very grapey and would be nice with a fruit dessert. According to the Speciality Produce website, “Niagara grapes, botanically classified as Vitis labrusca ‘Niagara,’ are an American heirloom variety that grows on woody, tendril-climbing vines that…

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Cab Franc in Friuli Venezia Giulia

Italy Cabernet Franc in the world is the focus of this month's #WinePW blogging group. Our host Wendy Klik decided that in honor of #CabFrancDay which we celebrated on December 4th, we should look at this grape that was used primarily as a blending grape for Bordeaux until being bottled as a lone varietal in Chinon, France.... Continue Reading →

Falanghina From Campania

I spoke about Falanghina, a white grape from Campania this morning on my Instagram live series called Your Morning Grape. Campania is home to incredible and diverse grape varieties. Some of the most famous ones are Fiano and Greco, among the whites and Aglianico for the reds. That said, Falanghina the third very famous white,... Continue Reading →

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is widely celebrated in Italy and is a public holiday. The day commemorates when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was graced by God to lead a life “free of sin” according to Catholic belief but yet gets pregnant with Baby Jesus on this day. Nowhere is... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Pearl Harbor

December 7th is always a strange day. On the one hand, I think of Pearl Harbor, the day that will live in infamy and how the USA got into World War II and all that that meant and all the lives that were lost on this day. My great Uncle was at Pearl Harbor. It... Continue Reading →

Versatile Lambrusco for the Holidays

This month, Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Cam is leading a discussion for the Italian Food Wine Travel bloggers (#ItalianFWT) about sparkling Italian wines...just in time for the holidays. You can read her invitation, here. I seem to always choose to write about Lambrusco when this group writes about sparkling wine. Partly it's because I think Lambrusco... Continue Reading →

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