Seven of Hearts she stole my taste buds!

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I don’t know about you, but those of us who live in the Bay Area understand this peculiar thing called Indian Summer.  It was the last day of September and finally, it’s got hot!  This called for some delicious white wine.  (Mind you it’s been raining, hailing and freezing for the last week, now that it’s November but…) So […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]