To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine....
and those who don't.
As Ben Franklin said:
"In wine there is wisdom,
in beer there is freedom,
in water there is bacteria."
This year, I did some research and picked
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Our first stop, sorta by accident was Shea Wine Cellars. It took us about an hour to reach the center of our wine destination and Brian pulled into one of the first wineries we saw. Founded by Dick Shea in 1996, Shea Wine Cellars produces world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their 2009 Open House tasting ($10) included a light and intensely aromatic 2007 Chardonnay and 6 Pinot Noirs (5 from 2008). One of them, the 2008 "Homer" (which sells for $82 a bottle) was superb.
Our second stop was Laurel Ridge Winery; founded in 1974,
Laureate was spicy and dry....perfect for the holiday season. A real treat, we tasted the only Port of the day....an 04 Cab Franc Port (which Chick bought a bottle of).
Lemelson Vineyards was just down the road....a beautiful winery and tasting room. We tried 6 wines, two white ($15) and the rest Pinot Noir. They grow their grapes organically and practice sustainable farming. I am disappointed I didn't buy the 06 Chardonnay, a real gem of the day.
We then stopped by Belle Pente, which means "beautiful slope" and eloquently describes the hillsides that surround the Yamhill/Carlton area. Their first vineyard was planted in 1994. Very young wines - excellent pairing of Oregon cheeses for $10.I've always been a big fan of Ken Wright wines, especially their chardonnay, so my main purpose in this years
Aside from the great wines of the day,
Thanks to Follow My Bliss for the great quote on wine!