Explorer Pack #8: Willamette Valley

Beginning in the 1970’s a small group of curious wine producers focused their attention on the unique growing conditions of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Almost immediately, Pinot Noir was deemed appropriate to be planted in the vineyards that make up what has become a very important American Viticultural Area (AVA). Today, a multitude of other European[…]

Tasting notes, Aug 14, 2021; West coast wines

                     West Coast USA 2020 Januick Sagemoor Vnyd, On sale for $19.99 Columbia Valley / Washington State80% SAUVIGNON Blanc, 20% SEMILLONRich and plush, the fresh, citrus elements of this Sauvignon are complimented by the round character added by 20% Semillon. The warm, dry conditions of Columbia Valley allow the tropical tones of Sauvignon Blanc to shine. 2019[…]


SINGLE FAMILY ESTATE100 % GRANDE CHAMPAGNEPREMIER CRU DE COGNACCognac, FR Regular price: $199.99 Pre-sale Price: $169.99 The Frapin family has called the area of Charentes in southwest France home since 1270, and this centuries-old dynasty releases only estate-produced and bottled Cognac of the highest caliber. Unlike most commercial bottlings of Cognac that blend various eau[…]

My Favorite wine…this week anyway (8/5/21)

2019 Arterberry MareshDundee Hills ChardonnayDundee, OR$24.99 per Bottle$239.88 per case ($19.99 per btl) Every now and then, a wine shows up that surprises us. American Chardonnay is easily both the most acclaimed and vilified wine in the market. Awash with tropical fruit, touched by sweetly vanilla oak, a creamy and buttery texture, ripe and full,[…]

Wine Tasting, August 7, 2021; Southern France: Provence & the Rhone Valley

                     South of France – Rhone & Provence 2020 Domaine Consonniere ViognierOn sale for $15.99 Plan du Rhone, Southern Rhone Valley / France100% VIOGNIERSourced from five year-old vines scattered throughout the Southern Rhone Valley, this balanced, aromatic white is expressive and rich. 2019 Clos Cibonne Rosé “Vignettes”On sale for $35.99 Cotes de Provence Cru Classe /[…]

Just arrived, 8/02/2021

2020 Domaine du Dragon Côtes Du Provence Rosé “Grande Cuvée” On Sale for $16.99 Newly arrived from Provence, the 2020 Dragon “Grande Cuvee” Rose checks all the boxes for its genre. Crisp, refreshing and packed with energy, this botting offers a lifted nose and a tight, focused palate of salty sea breeze and welcoming, tart[…]

Wine Tasting, July 31, 2021: Tuscany

                     Tuscany 2019 Fontaleoni Vernaccia On sale for $12.99 San Gimignano, Tuscany / Italy100% VERNACCIALocated to the west of Chianti Classico, San Gimignano is known for the idigienous Vernaccia varietal. The soils here are a combination of mostly sand with some instances of clay imparting distinct mineral characteristics to the resulting wines. 2020 Istine RosatoOn sale for[…]

Wine Tasting, July 24, 2021; Another side of Burgundy

                     Another Side of Burgundy 2019 GoisotExogyra VirgulaOn sale for $21.99 St Bris, Yonne / France100% SAUVIGNON BlancThe small appellation of St Bris is known for pungent, racy renditions of Sauvignon Blanc. Goisot is widely regarded as one of the best producers in the zone. 2017 Bitouzet-PrieurLes Grands TerresOn sale for $27.99 Meursault, Côtes de Beaune[…]

Wine Tasting, July 17, 2021; Wines of Loire

                     Loire Valley 2018 Luneau-PapinClos des AlleesOn sale for $21.99 Muscadet Serve-et-Maine / France100% MELON de BourgogneThis rare, single vineyard Muscadet comes from 40+ year-old vines and ages for 9 months in underground glass tanks. 2020 Gerard BoulaySancerre BlancOn sale for $29.99 Chavignol, Sancerre / France100% SAUVIGNON BlancFermented with only indigenous yeast and bottled with very[…]