Award-winning wine writer & owner of WineJulia.com, Food & Wine Editor @EugeneDailyNews and Snooth Mentor. Willamette Valley & Southern Oregon wine expert. The lusciously elegant Pinot Noir captured my heart a long time ago.
Back when I owned my win bar, I carried winemaker Ray Walsh's Capitello Brut in my shop. Thankfully, before putting my shop up for sale, I brought home several bottles of this delicious Methode Champenoise sparkling wine - saving a few for special occasions, ie: New Year's Eve. Coincidentally, three of the four sparkling wines we popped the cork on last night to ring in the new year have a tie to local winemaker Ray Walsh: He was the white winemaker at King Estate for many years, making them famous for Pinot Gris, before he began producing wine under his own label, Capitello. He not only currently makes wine under his own label, but he is also the winemaker for Domaine Meriwether. Ray is sort of the superstar winemaker of the south Willamette Valley. Anyway, the Capitello Brut has millions of amazing tiny bubbles that leap around the palate. This vibrant, lively sparkling wine has aromas and flavors of pears and apples with a nice long, palate pleasing finish.