Cornerstone Rocks!

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I’ve been a long time friend, and fan, of the wines of Cornerstone Napa.  With a wide range of both classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignons, as well as the newest addition, Cornerstone Oregon, they have made their mark on the wine business producing distinctive wines with style. In comes the renegade second label, Stepping Stone.  Every bit the – read full article –

It's the pinot stupid!

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While attending Carlton’s Walk in the Park, I was lucky enough to meet Ken Morrison of K&M Wines.  Clearly passionate about Oregon wine, he began his winemaking career 15 years ago with the grapes on the vineyard property he lives on.  With 6 acres planted  and 3 more in process, K&M produces about 500 cases annually. – read full article –

Heart like a Lion

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When I first met Leon Glover, winemaker, owner, bottle washer, and mad scientist at Lionheart Wines, several years ago at Crushpad, I knew he was going to make some special wines. Recently, I had the chance to catch up with him and see how things were going.  WIth the wines resting (ok under lock and – read full article –

The hills are a glow with…

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Pinot! On our Blitz Carlton tour of the Yamhill-Carlton wine region, I was lucky enough to visit the Luminous Hills vineyard sight.  I have tasted the wines of Byron Dooley a few times before, as he owns the Seven of Hearts and Luminous Hills labels, but this visit was special. Piling in to the trusty Subaru wagon (legally required – read full article –

Stop Inn and stay a while!

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The Carlton Inn B&B is a beautiful old farmhouse  located just off the main square in Carlton, Oregon.  After dinner and after cocktails, Liza, Mary, Matt, Megan and I wandered down the road to check in with the Inn’s owner, Karen.  The rest of our posse was housed in various inns around Carlton, and I look forward to hearing more – read full article –

Cocktail, laughter, and damn fine jam

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After we meandered through the Walk in the Park, the Blitz Carlton crew headed back in to town and met up at Republic of Jam for cocktails and catching up. The Republic of Jam is a unique shop that specializes in jams and culinary concoctions of distinction made from local farms and suppliers.  Each jar of jam – read full article –

Jamming in Carlton

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After the Wine Bloggers Conference in August, I was invited to spend an extra day or two in the town of Carlton.  Carlton is a small farming town, in the Willamette, bordered by McMinnville, about an hour outside of Portland.  With over 40 wineries in the town and AVA of Yamhill-Carlton, it was an adventure – read full article –

Attack of the clones

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One of my favorite interactive sessions at the Wine Bloggers Conference was a component tasting of clonal selections of Pinot Noir, hosted by Erath Winery.  As a wine geek, I love tasting each piece of the puzzle that makes up a final blend; in the case of Oregon Pinot Noir, it is frequently the case that a specific vineyard block – read full article –

Turn left at the coast

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Early in my trip to Oregon in August, I took a day and a half long detour through the southern Oregon region surrounded Salem.  One of our stops was Left Coast Cellars, located in the Eola-Amity appellation, Left Coast is situated on a rolling hill, where they can catch the strong Van Duzer breezes that – read full article –