Growth in Oregon Wine: Here’s Why

The Oregon Wine Board recently released its Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report, revealing growth in many aspects of winemaking and grape growing in their state. While the numbers illustrate realities, here are a few wines to try (after all, that is what it’s all about) that bring home salient points from the report. Report…

Wine for a Summer Cookout

Many years ago I hosted a cookout party for family and friends to celebrate my sister’s achievement of earning her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. I made, truly, the best pulled pork this side of the Mississippi and I thought to myself (as I often do): Rhône reds.  Turns out, I had a houseful…

Fresh American Wines for Brunch

When I was a young mom in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood (hands up if you are from Chicago) the place to be seen with your family was John’s Place for brunch on the weekends. It was a right of passage, you were now adult enough to be up before noon, but were young enough that…

Five Wines For a Beautiful Day

Who wants to drink a glass of chilled wine, face to the sun, ice-bucket ready? As Spring bursts in the northern hemisphere, it is time for fresh and vibrant wines in white and rosé. There are five days in the week, five wines to try: Riesling from Nik Weis My Riesling selection is the 2015…

Books for Winelovers

November is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo in writer-code. During this month, writers are challenged to write a 50,000 word book. The NaNoWriMo community provides support, inspiration and tracking functionality. There have been several years that I’ve participated, and I’ve gone on to complete a partially-prepared-during NaNoWriMo story, the one that has emerged as my favorite…

Traveling Through Oregon Wine Country

It’s no secret that the west coast of North America is a wine, nature and travel mecca, but there are many estates and visits to be discovered. Today’s post features a guest experience from Julian Parks, founder and author of BC Wine Trends. BC Wine Trends That’s BC as in “British Columbia”. When Julian shared his…

Winemaker Rendezvous: Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate

Today we welcome a rendezvous with Melissa Burr, winemaker at Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Ms. Burr is the first winemaker to be featured in my Winemaker Rendezvous Project, an interactive interview utilizing questions gathered from my twitter friends… I’ve asked many of my twitter connections: What would you ask…