Willamette Valley AVA Wine

 

The Willlamette Valley region in Oregon has a wine-making history that dates back to the 1850s. Early immigrant settlers began dabbling in wine-making, and their enterprises eventually won some local acclaim and attracted other vintners to follow suit, with a fair amount of success into the 20th century.
 
However, the Prohibition forced most wineries to shut down and pursue other business. In the era following Repeal, wine production was mostly from “Farmer’s Wineries,” who were government-licensed to produce fruit-based (berries, Concord grapes, etc.) wines. Though others attempted wines from Vitis vinifera grapes, they did so with little success.
 
But in the 1960s, a group of California oenologists from University of California at Davis became interested in Oregon as a potential up and coming region. They were particularly intrigued by the Willamette Valley for its climate and terroir, even though temperature studies at UC Davis found the region too cool Read more »

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Dancin Vineyards Pinot Noir 'Ballerina' 2014

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve 2014

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    Tomato leaf and cranberry aromas with black cherry and mineral tar notes that are smoky and savory. Palate is red fruited, candied and medium light in body with a medicinal backbone and a touch of flower petals on the mid palate. Finishes tarry and smoky with a cherry cola sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, etc. The people trying to make serious wine get really frustrated because they get lumped into the same category and some of them just haven't been able to make it, partly because they were never taken seriously.But Ohio does in fact grow Merlot, Cab, and many othe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for some reason...


  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015

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    Light, fruity aromas of peach and green apple with an oat straw note adding a bit of creaminess. White peach, tart apple and pear on the palate, a zesty mid palate and a cool breezy finish, this is fruit forward, flavorful and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Brooks Riesling Bois Joli Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills 2015

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    Lightly savory aromas with light lemon fruit and a mineral edge. Presents a smooth and elegant off-dry palate of sweet spice and tangerine notes, a burst of acidity through the full bodied mid palate that leaves a tingling sensation behind with melon and papaya notes and a creamy memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alexana Pinot Noir Revana Vineyard 2011

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    Wine review by G D P


  • Trisaetum Vineyards Wichmann Dundee Estate Riesling Dundee Hills 2015

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    Orange peel, white blossom and white peach aromas with hints of fresh melon, lemon and a touch of vanilla frosting on the nose. Tart and zesty on the palate with fresh flavors, bright acidity and juicy sweetness coming through in concert, finishing with notes of grapefruit, tangerine and lemon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Resonance Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Domaine Jadot 2013

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    We really enjoyed this wine on my 51st birthday. Light flavorful and east drinking. Read More

    Wine review by socalgary


  • Fullerton Five Faces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Expressive ripe cherry, tea leaf and cola aromas with mixed berry spice and floral violet notes along with some earthiness. Tart and flavorful, this provides excellent structure and is well balanced, with cool blueberry and black cherry fruit mixing with an herbal, earthy menthol and licorice note and finishing with good minerality and a pile of... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling NV

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    Lightly nutty, honeyed aromas of green apple and peach. Fresh and lively palate with zesty citrus notes of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon with some stone fruit coming through as well, soft mousse and bright acidity make for a fun, easy drinking selection Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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