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

Utopia Vineyard and Winery

Utopia Vineyard and WineryIt’s Oregon wine month, a perfect time to be introduced to Utopia Vineyard and Winery. 

Utopia is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, which is a sub-AVA within Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Many people in the wine industry applaud Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir for its dark fruit character, elegance, bright acidity and expressive spice notes.

We certainly noticed this in the Utopia wines we sampled. We are new fans and recommend you check them out. Read on to find out why.

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What’s in Our Glasses in April?

It's Wine O'Clock SomewhereMany people we know are enjoying wine from the safety and comfort of home by ordering bottles online, utilizing curbside pickup services and participating in creative winery promotions during COVID-19.

We too are supporting wineries during these tough times. Here are some bottles we have poured (so far) in April.

What’s in Our Glasses Lately?

In April, our wine picks included whites, rosé and reds from Washington State and Spain. Some were wallet-friendly, while some were for special occasions – for example, our wedding anniversary and my birthday. And we enjoyed every single pour.
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