#OregonPinotNoir tagged posts

Costco’s Oregon Pinot Noir is a delightful composition

By Jim Campanini

jcampanini@comcast.net

I tagged along with the Wine Goddess (my wife Mary Lee) on her recent Costco shopping excursion when I saw this gem in the wine section: Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016. She said she was buying salmon for dinner, so I went ahead and put this bottle in her cart. I’m glad I did. The Oregon red turned out to be a pleasant surprise for the $12.99 price. Coming from the Willamette Valley, where Pinot Noir is king, the Kirkland brand is no slouch for an every-day, easy drinking wine. The color was a bit duller than the normal ruby shade that I prefer, yet that was my only complaint. It was mildly fragrant in cherry and plum, and both descriptors carried over onto the palate in a juicy, silky quaff...

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Domaine Drouhin wines thriving in Burgundy, Oregon

Winemaker Veronique Drouhin presented 10 fabulous wines at her Boston Wine Expo seminar - five from Oregon and five from Burgundy and Chablis.

Winemaker Veronique Drouhin presented 10 fabulous wines at her Boston Wine Expo seminar – five from Oregon and five from Burgundy and Chablis.

Can “New World” Oregon wines match the quality of “Old World” Burgundy wines? For Veronique Drouhin, the winemaker for Domaine Joseph Drouhin’s global operations here and in France, the answer isn’t complicated.
It’s not a competition of Burgundy vs. Oregon, she says. Instead, it’s bringing out the best of two uniquely different terroirs located a world apart on the 45th parallel.

Winemaker Veronique Drouhin at the Boston Wine Expo with a seminar participant.

Winemaker Veronique Drouhin at the Boston Wine Expo with a seminar participant.

Domaine Drouhin has been producing Pinot Noir and Chablis (Chardonnay) in Burgundy (Borgogne) since 1881...

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Tasters’ choice: Willamette Valley Vineyards, Wild Horse wines

Tasting panelists: Fron t, Alana Melanson and Grant Welker; back, from left, Michael Pigeon, Tom Zuppa, Rick Sobey and Melissa Hanson.

Tasting panelists: Fron t, Alana Melanson and Grant Welker; back, from left, Michael Pidgeon, Tom Zuppa, Rick Sobey and Melissa Hanson.

What’s on your palate?
It’s Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir for the newly-formed Mill City Mass Media Oenophile Club, a small group of novice wine tasters from The Sun’s newsroom.
We met recently after work to sample seven wines — two whites, five reds — from Oregon’s Willamette Valley Vineyards, California’s Wild Horse Winery in Paso Robles, and two other California selections.
We also ate a lot of food, including three soft cheeses with crackers, French bread, salmon and tuna sushi rolls, an Italian antipasto and homemade brownies.
The goal was to rate each wine in five categories — color, aroma, body (texture), taste, finish — on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the...

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