Oregon Exploits: Visiting the Willamette Valley

Here’s another re-posting ahead of upcoming Oregon Wine Month. In addition to our Oregon Wine Trail event in New York at the Altman Building on May 6th, here are some other great events that are happening in the coming week or two.

Boston / May 2: 60 Oregon wineries are coming to you for Willamette Valley Wine’s Pinot in the City.

Boston / May 3: Willamette Valley wineries join together for a pairing dinner at City Winery.

Washington, D.C. / May 7: Eight stellar producers are bringing 40 wines to ZachysDC.

And so much more because of course, May is Oregon Wine Month everywhere.



Last fall with members of the Society of Wine Educators conference, I was able to visit Adelsheim in Oregon. I confess I had no idea about the importance of this winery to the founding of the Oregon wine industry. I had heard of David Lett, whose winery I wrote about last week, but I didn’t know much about the other founding members of the Oregon winery industry. Adelsheim bought their property in 1971 in the Chehalem Mountains. They were the first winery in the area. David Adelsheim planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thinking it was the perfect terroir for these grapes. Time has proved him correct.


They own more than 200 acres of land in the Willamette Valley, with 180 acres planted to vines. The soils in the area are a mix of volcanic and sedimentary soils. Their winemaker is Gina Hennen.


Adelsheim is also a member of “LIVE”, …

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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Peking Duck and Wines from Oregon

Thanks to Snooth , many years ago, I was able to try a host of wines from Oregon and Peking Duck, neither of which were common occurrences in my world. I found the wines to be diverse, interesting, appealing to my palate and easy to pair with a variety of dishes. I also found the... Continue Reading →

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.


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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Wine Wednesday: Chardonnay from Eyrie Vineyards (Oregon)

For this Wine Wednesday I am thinking about Oregon and I hope all of you are too. The Oregon Wine Trail is coming to New York City on May 6th. Both trade and consumers have the opportunity to try wines from 60 wineries. Join us for these amazing events by signing up here: oregonwine.org/trail.


When I traveled to Portland, Oregon last summer for the Society of Wine Educators conference, I was sure to find loads of Pinot Noir that I found interesting and even some Pinot Gris. What I hadn’t expected was how much of the Chardonnay I would like. Today’s Wine Wednesday is about one of those wines made with Chardonnay that I found surprising and delicious from the Eyrie Vineyards winery. This winery was founded by the pioneer of the Oregon wine industry, David Lett.

In February 1965, some 53 years ago, Lett rented a temporary nursery plot near Corvallis, and planted the 3000 vinifera grape cuttings he gathered from UC Davis. These were the first plantings of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley.

After much exploration, Lett decided that Dundee Hills had the right combination of soils and climate for his grapes with the correct exposition and altitude…

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Buona Pasqua, Happy Easter

Today was Easter, a holiday I love actually. In the past on this day I have gone to hear gospel music in churches throughout Manhattan or a particular Pastor speak and often I have been visiting with friends in Italy sharing a particularly spectacular meal. Today I was in Pennsylvania with different generations of my... Continue Reading →

Bianco di Pitigliano for Passover

I discovered the wines from Pitigliano in the Maremma in the early 1990s when I was lucky enough to visit the town during a weekend trip. I was on the trail of the Etruscans, an ancient people that populated these towns a few thousand years earlier. My Mom studied the Etruscans in graduate school when... Continue Reading →

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