L’Ecole Syrah

LEcole Syrah by the LakeGetting ready to barbecue? Pick up a bottle of L’Ecole Syrah Columbia Valley 2018. Sure, most people think about refreshing white wine during this warm weather. And if you want to start your evening with a white, go for it. But once you fire up the grill, open this beautiful L’Ecole Syrah. It’s an easy-drinking crowd pleaser and only costs $25. Consequently, with ribs or a bacon blue-cheese burger, this Syrah is amazing. So what are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk, to grab a bottle for a BBQ before summer is over! Read on for more details.

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Youngberg Hill Visit

Youngberg Hill VinesOur recent Youngberg Hill visit with winemaker/owner Wayne Bailey was both educational and fun, as we learned about his 31-year-old biodynamically farmed vineyard and his non-intervention winemaking process. Back in March, we tasted some of his wines and were so enamored, we just had to take a road trip to Oregon wine country. Just 10 minutes from downtown McMinnville, Youngberg Hill sits on a 50-acre hilltop with spectacular views. Read on to find out about their story, wines and beautiful inn. Continue reading

Tawny Port

Tawny PortFor more than two centuries, Dow’s Port from Symington Family Estates has been considered some of the finest port from the Upper Douro Valley in Portugal. Moreover, Symington recently relaunched the Dow’s Aged Tawny Port Collection to widespread acclaim. Therefore, we were pleased to receive samples of the 10- and 20-year-old Tawny Ports and, of course, held a side-by-side tasting. These ports both show fine fruit flavors with wood character. Have a sip with a little piece of dark chocolate and prepare to be wowed. Read on for more. 

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Utopia Wines

Oregon Utopia Wines and VineyardOur visit with Dan Warnshuis, founder and winemaker at Utopia Vineyard and Winery, highlighted our trip to Oregon last month. We could immediately see Dan’s passion for the vines, the fruit and winemaking. We could have listened to his stories all evening, as we tasted his outstanding Utopia wines that feature elegance and bright acidity. He opened seven bottles for us, ranging from 2013-2018. We find it very appealing that many of Dan’s older wines are considered new releases. And our time at Utopia was extra-special because we stayed at the vineyard’s beautiful, secluded log cabin, listed on airbnb. Read on for details.

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