Bayernmoor Cellars 2020

BayernmoorWe were first introduced to Bayernmoor Cellars last year, not long after the winery opened in Stanwood in western Washington. Focusing on European-style wines, Bayernmoor showcases the beautiful grapes grown in a six-acre estate vineyard of Pinot Noir in addition to Otis, Klipsun and Celio. Just in time for the holidays, we were fortunate to taste three lovely Bayernmoor wines: 2018 Chardonnay, 2017 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2017 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Thanksgiving Wines 2020

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and this year looks a lot different than in the past. The pandemic means less travel, with many people, including us, celebrating the holiday at home. Some will have Zoom calls with family and friends. Or some might even brave the cold weather for a social-distancing happy hour outside. What wine will you open to enjoy at happy hour, and with your Thanksgiving turkey and sides? Do you know yet? If not, read on for some suggestions.
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Warm Weather Whites

With the warm days easing into summer heat, an array of white wines have caught our attention. Overall, these are super summer sippers to pair with your patio or deck, poolside or lakeside. They also complement fish, crab, scallops, oysters, shrimp, prawns, sushi or a tasty summer salad.

Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. However, this year we discovered beautiful wines ranging from the unusual white Cabernet Franc (Blanc Franc) to the wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy.

Most importantly, there are so many wonderful wines to explore this summer. For example, here are some that we have tasted from Washington state, Oregon, British Columbia, Italy, France, Iberia and New Zealand.

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Alluring Alloro

Alloro 2017 Pinot NoirLocated 30 miles southwest of Portland, Alloro Vineyard features alluring Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and more from a gorgeous property in Laurelwood District AVA. This new AVA, at the north end of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, takes its name from distinct soil in the area. Laurelwood is an exceptionally fine windblown soil, with silt-sized sediment formed by erosion of volcanic rocks by glaciers. We received samples of Alloro Vineyard Estate 2017 Pinot Noir and 2018 Chardonnay, and can attest to their distinct, terroir-driven flavors. Continue reading