Ten years ago, if you traveled to any wine region and visited its cellars, you’d likely find a barrel hall stacked high with small oak barrels. Not anymore. Now you’ll find these small oak barrels, called barriques, alongside a variety of others. Even the most traditional cellars might also have a concrete egg or two, […]
Underwood Mountain rises into view on the Washington side of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic landscapes: the Columbia River Gorge, a playground for windsurfers, hikers, skiers, and those in search of one of the prettiest drives in America. If Thane Hawkins has his way, this mountain and gorge will soon be as big […]
Pinot Noir is produced in almost every region around the world, but it can be difficult to find a bottle that really delivers. It would be a mistake, though, to dismiss all Pinot Noir iterations as rote or predictable. A few regions stand above the rest, such as Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Its wines, including the Grochau Cellars ”Commuter […]
Who says you have to leave the country to go on an unforgettable, wine-soaked getaway? As much as we’d all love to jet off to Tuscany for a long weekend, most of us just can’t afford that kind of luxury. Thankfully, we live in a country that’s brimming with breathtaking wine regions; more likely than […]
The trouble with wine is that every bottle feels like a gamble. Unless you’ve got the privilege to only buy what you’ve tasted, the contents of a bottle are elusive. That leaves most of us gaping at shelves and menus like zombies, left guessing what bottle will best satisfy the mood of an evening or […]
High-end, ageable Chardonnay in the United States can often mean a big wine that’s high in both alcohol and flavors of toasted oak, which is a style that appeals to some, but not all. A much more agreeable style of Chardonnay can be found in its ancestral home of Burgundy, and lucky for you, it’s […]
You’ve almost definitely tried a wine from Oregon, whether you found it at your local grocery store, wine boutique, or a top sommelier has recommended one to you.
I first heard about Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir from my brother. He had come across the bottle at his local wine shop while looking for a Pinot Noir that was in his price range, which was around $20, for a date he had that same night.
Despite Oregon’s reputation as America’s world-class Pinot Noir region, the state makes a shockingly small amount of wine compared to its gigantic Southern neighbor, California. In part, that’s thanks to the Golden State’s colossal size and focus on agriculture, but its equally attributable to climatic differences. In the case of Pinot Noir, it’s a difference […]