It frustrates me the way vintages are reduced to "good" and "bad". It’s not that vintage doesn’t matter – it can matter tremendously for many wines. But it’s a lot more complex than black or white. Take 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The wines are gorgeous, but a little like me at the end of the work week – they’re wound up so tight it will take some time and coaxing before … [Read more...] about Wine Musings: Vintages – “Good” and “Bad”
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Making white Pinot Noir is like discovering America: it's an exciting adventure and everybody wants to believe they were the first. But despite the pronouncements of a few winemakers in the New World, folks throughout Europe have been making a white wine with red Pinot Noir grapes for quite a long time, especially if you count Blanc de Noirs (white from black) wines from the … [Read more...] about Wine Musings: In Search of the Great White Pinot Noir
Matt Kramer Out as Oregonian Wine Critic As another step in their "change of focus", Matt Kramer is out at The Oregonian newspaper.From Wikipedia,Matt Kramer is an American wine critic since 1976, who is a columnist for The Oregonian, (and was a columnist for The New York Sun before its demise in 2008), and previously for the Los Angeles Times, and since 1985 a regular … [Read more...] about Matt Kramer’s Wine Column Cut From Oregonian
The Plethora of Information Included on an iPad Wine List Drives Sales From The New York Times, At Bone’s, Atlanta’s most venerable steakhouse, a clubby place of oak paneling and white tablecloths, the gold-jacketed waiters now greet diners by handing them an iPad. It is loaded with the restaurant’s extensive wine list, holding detailed descriptions and ratings of 1,350 … [Read more...] about iPad Wine List Boosts Restaurant Sales
The Portland selection of bottle shops is growing every year! Here is a guide By Lucy Burningham <updated 7.22 - hours, selection, add 2nd John's location, remove Abbey Bottle Shop >Every city should have a few great bottle shops, especially if that city is known for beer. In my opinion, Portland needs more neighborhood bottle shops; there’s something special about … [Read more...] about Guide to Portland’s Best Beer Shops