|Photo: Phelps Creek Vineyards view.|
There's a treasure trove of wine across the Columbia River. While I've preoccupied myself with my Washington wine pursuits, I've ignored a wealth of wine next door. I'm referring to Oregon Wine.
This month I spent five enlightening days in Oregon, sampling the best of Oregon wine. The fifth annual Wine Bloggers Conference was hosted in Portland, Oregon. I was fortunate to attend.
There are not enough words for me to express how affected I was by my experience in Oregon. Oregon winemakers are creating and expressing true wine passion. You can tell by the exquisite wines they are making. Oregon is an environment where sharing and inspiring each other is the norm. Environmentally aware, Sustainable, Organic and Bio-Dynamic are natural topics of conversation in Oregon wineries.
Northern Oregon wine country is minutes from the vibrant city scene of Portland. I visited wineries and vineyards in the Willamette Valley, the sub AVA of Chehalem Mountains and the Columbia Gorge AVA. These AVA's are surrounded by evergreen trees, rolling hills and mountains. A stark contrast to the desert wine country I live in.
|Photo: Oregon Pinot pairing.|
|Photo: Lovely Oregon white wine.|
|Photo: Viento winemaker Rich Cushman.|
|Photo: Robert (Bob) Morris of Phelps Creek Vineyard.|
|Photo: Winemaker Rob Stuart sharing barrel samples of his Pinot Noir.|
Some of my favorite Oregon wines, listed alphabetically by winery.
Alexana Winery: 2011 Pinot Gris Dundee Hills
Anam Cara Cellars: 2011 Gewurztraminer Nicholas Estate, Late Harvest
Benton Lane Winery: 2011 Pinot Gris
Brooks: 2009 Ara Riesling
Cathedral Ridge Winery: 2009 Chardonnay
Chehalem Winery: Dry Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Noir
Cooper Mountain Vineyards: 2011 Reserve Pinot Gris
Cowhorn Vineyards: Spiral 36, Syrah, Reserve Pinot Noir, Viognier
Dobbes Family Estate: Grenache Blanc, Joe Pinot, Patricia's Cuvee Pinot Noir
Garden Vineyards: 2009 White Table wine
Hawks View Cellars: Pinot Gris, White Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir
Johan Vineyards: 2009 Chardonnay Reserve
King Estate: 2010 King Estate Riesling Vin Glace
Lenne: Any of their Pinot Noir, especially 2009 Lenne Estate, 2010 LeNez and 2010 Lenne.
Montinore Estate: 2010 Pinot Gris, 2011 Rose, 2010 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Naked Winery: 2010 Oh! Tempranillo
Phelps Creek Vineyard: 2008 Cuve Alexandrine
The Pines: 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
Ponzi Vineyards: 2009 Chardonnay, 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve
R.Stuart & Co.: 2009 Autograph, Big Fire Pinot Noir, 2011 Pinot Gris, Rose, Vignette
Raptor Ridge: 2009 Harbinger Vineyards Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains
Viento Wines: 2010 Gruner Veltliner