Syracuse in Summer 2015: an Event-Filled Weekend

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We recently made a short, but event-packed trip to Syracuse New York, mostly to see family, but also to get caught up on what was happening there. Events Hill Cumorah Pageant. We timed our visit specifically to go to this annual happening, a pageant that has been held [Read more …]

Catching Up with Amador and El Dorado County Wines

Sierra Wine Country We generally enjoy, but do not specifically search out Sierra Wines–wines which focus primarily on Zinfandel and Rhone and Tuscan varietals. Our primary exposure to them is from trade tastings including Zinfest, Rhone Rangers and this week’s Wines of El Dorado tastings. We were, however, been anxious to revisit [Read more …]

Anderson Valley and Mendocino Wine and Food Update—May 2015

We were recently on the way from San Francisco to Mendocino and made a brief Anderson Valley winery stop, which was, in turn a two-day detour on the way to Eureka (see our next post on the Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships). Anderson Valley Highlights After a brief visit at Silver Oak’s Anderson Valley tasting [Read more …]

Syracuse Gets its First Winery

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  Add a new stop to your New York winery tour route. Although you may have well toured the Finger Lakes, Long Island and Hudson Valley wine regions, you should now consider adding Syracuse to your to-visit list. As we discussed in our 2013 post, Can Syracuse Become a Food and Wine [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Restaurants

We love exploring restaurants. We were, however, otherwise occupied during our six-day visit to the Willamette Valley. The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) kept us full occupied for two and a half days (not to speak of another evening for our Pre-IPNC Dinner at Cristom Winery. And even during our time visiting wineries, we seldom [Read more …]

Best of our Willamette Valley Winery Experiences

We enjoyed (and typically bought) one or two wines from the vast majority of Willamette Valley wineries we visited. In other words. We bought a lot of wine! A number of wineries, however, four stood out: Wineries were we enjoyed virtually every wine we tasted. Among this rare breed were: [Read more …]

Carlton/Yamhill and Eola-Amity Hills Area Wineries and Restaurants

Yamhill-Carlton is at the northern end of the Willamette Valley, while Eola-Amity Hills is at the southern end. Given the diversity in the Valley, and among these two AVAs, one might expect the wines from each to differ greatly, as do those from the contiguous Newberg and Dundee Hills AVAs. Surprisingly, while the soil types [Read more …]

Dundee Hills Area Wineries and Restaurants

As a reminder form our previously posted Primer on Willamette Valley AVA and Vintages, the Dundee Hills AVA is generally characterized by red volcanic (Jory) soil which holds heat, resulting in deep, red cherry and plum-based fruit-focused wines with iron-based minerality and spices such as cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Of the three vintages we [Read more …]

Newberg Wineries and Restaurants

As a reminder form our previously posted Primer on Willamette Valley AVA and Vintages, Newberg is generally characterized by brown, loamy, sedimentary (Willakenzie) soil that drains better than volcanic soil, resulting in more intense, earthier, darker fruit flavors, with floral elements and subtle tannins and baking spices. Of the three vintages we tasted: [Read more …]

A Primer on Willamette Valley AVA and Vintages

We enjoy relatively earthy, less fruit-forward Willamette Valley wines. But we did not know enough about the region, not to mention the roughly dozen different AVAs, to understand why. And which wines were we most likely to enjoy? This blog is an attempt to decipher some of the mysteries of Oregon wines. Willamette Valley AVAs [Read more …]