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November 1, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up

1. Our friend @k_mcleod at Anne Amie tossed our Rosé into a harvest lunch lineup - looked like quite the collection.  
2. @rachelles10 was one of many that we saw out here this weekend taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather - hopefully that will stick with us for a while longer. 
3. We have had some frosty mornings here - Ben took this shot of the Riesling block earlier this week. 
4. Wine club member @danettecain was out here Saturday for the wine club party.
5. With the lovely fall days and crisp mornings, we have been granted some absolutely stunning evenings full of color and light.
6. Kristin spent one of her last days as a harvest intern helping out in the cellar - she was only a little covered in wine.  



Here is some links we clicked this week:

- Willamette Valley Thanksgiving Weekend is one of the largest events of the year out in wine country - do you have your plans yet?
- Here are 6 common misunderstood things about wine drinking. 
- Harvey Steinman from Wine Spectator has an interesting opinion on the current trend away from liking "clean" wines in favor of earthier styles, as delicacy of structure, bursting with energy and flavor tends to be more apparent in clean wines. 



This weekend we will:

Be staying in and enjoying the nice fall days in the Tasting Room. 

Cheers!

Time Posted: Nov 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM
 
October 18, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up

1. The sunsets have been stunning around here in the early evening. 
2. Pinot Noir grapes from late last week, just waiting to go in the press. 
3. Birds are a constant problem for us when grapes are still on the vine, but once we get everything off, it is once again easy to be in awe over their flight patterns above the vineyard. 
4. Pulses being done on one of the large Pinot Noir ferments to break up the cap. 
5. Kristin was in the winery Sunday helping out the crew, and had a nice break when her family, including adorable son, Anders, came to visit. 
6. To be honest, the winemakers have gone a little batty lately, as can be seen on the white board in the lab.  



Here is some links we clicked this week:

- The Grand Lodge is hosting a Vintner's dinner is tonight, focusing on local food and wines. 
- Jancis Robinson and Antonio Galloni investigate the power of smell and scent memories as tied into wine appreciation. 
- And for something completely different, Wine for cat is now on sale in Japan (don't worry, there is no alcohol in it). 



This weekend we will:

Be staying here at the winery as we are now in the full-swing of harvest. Come by and visit us in the tasting room - we will all be here!

Tonight Rudy will be at the Grand Lodge for their Vintner's Dinner - click for more information. 

Cheers!

Time Posted: Oct 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM
 
October 11, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up

 



1. Always nice to have friends out visiting, @barbaraserena1 from Cooper Mountain came to visit on a rainy afternoon. 
2. Our vineyard has felt eerily close to a Disney movie lately, lots of creatures have been visiting - deer, birds, piglets...  
3. Daily testing of the Pinot Noir to check for ripeness.
4. The weather has turned crisp and the leaves have started to change colors on our old maples looking out over the reservoir.  
5. Eddie joined in the fun in the winery on Thursday and helped out with some punch-downs.
6. The Gewurztraminer stayed in the press Wednesday evening for skin contact.  



Here is some links we clicked this week:

- The Grand Lodge is hosting a Vintner's dinner next Friday the 18th, focusing on local food and wines. 
- “The simplest way to start in on this pleasant hobby is to buy wines, start sampling, discussing, keeping notes, reading about wines, thinking about them, and enjoying them.” Julia Child was great for the American palate for many reasons, one of which was her love of wine and belief in American wineries. 
- VP of Marketing for E & J Gallo Winery, Stephanie Gallo, has some interesting insights on the changing scope of the wine industry and the elvolving demographic and how to appeal to them. 



This weekend we will:

Be staying here at the winery as we are now in the full-swing of harvest. Come by and visit us in the tasting room - we will all be here!

Next Friday, October 18th, we will be at the Grand Lodge for their Vintner's Dinner - click for more information. 

Cheers!

Time Posted: Oct 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM
 
September 27, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up



1. Love to see how others work with our Verjus. @avagenes posted this mouthwatering combination of some of our favorite things: grapes, adishes, filberts, fresh goat cheese, & verjus. 
2. Grapes are coming in! Wednesday was the day for Muller-Thurgau to shine. 
3. @abe2929 caught us at just the right moment in between days of rain, he was here to see the sun highlighting our best side. 
4. Feast Portland was a great time last weekend, met lovely people and tasted so many amazing offerings from all across Oregon. 
5. @kristinmarchesi was out of the office for her birthday, so we had to make up for it by surprising her with a custom magnum of 2010 Cataclysm. 
6. When the leaves start to change across the road at the nursery is always breathtaking. 



Here is some links we clicked this week:

- We were excited to discover Red Tricycle this week - not only do they feature great events from around the area, but they break it all down so that there is virtually no excuse not to go!
- Eater has a great wrap-up of Feast, definite highlight of the weekend had to be Tillamook's "comfort call," which should really become a full time deal. You never know when you need a late night grilled cheese. 
- Spritzers are making a come-back and we could not be more excited. So it looks like we are going to need to have a spritz-off to find the best possible combination for our Riesling and Gewurztraminer. 



This weekend we will:

Be stomping our hearts out! Our Annual Crush Party is this Saturday from noon - 4pm. We are still proceeding with the party in the rain - but have moved the crushing stage to the crush pad so that everything will stay under cover. 

Sunday is the Harvest Century Ride - where we will be a rest stop on all of the biking routes - come by and take a rest, have a glass of wine, and escape from the weather. 

Cheers!

Time Posted: Sep 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM
 
September 20, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up



1. Courtsey of our red winemaker, Ben (@bluedogroad), is this beautiful shot of our maple lined vineyard in the afternoon sun. 
2. Monday was the day for picking seconds off the Pinot Gris blocks for fruit to be used in our Verjus.
3. Prep 500 was started near our compost pile in the back of the vineyard to be used for the vineyard in 2015.  
4. Another lovely mention tucked into the October issue of Portland Monthly from our Facebook friend, Lisa Zirngible Bell.
5. Caught the winemakers communicating through the Gewurztraminer rows. 
6. We are getting ready to make our 2013 Verjus, which means that it is time to adjust our palate and try everything else out on the market. 
 



Here is some links we clicked this week:

- We are so proud of our neighbors, Elk Cove, as they were just named as one of the Wineries of the Year from Wine & Spirits magazine. 
- We are always shocked and delighted by what the Union Wine Company is able to come up with, the newest addition to their family is this amazing mobile tasting room making it's debut this weekend at Feast. 
- Kristin has had me craving this easy tomato cobbler from Mark Bittman all week, thankfully we have plenty of tomatoes left on the vine - seems like a perfect easy evening meal for this weekend with our Almost Dry Riesling. 



This weekend we will:

Be pouring Friday and Saturday at the Feast Grand Tasting from Noon - 5pm. Tickets are still available to join us!

Cheers!

Time Posted: Sep 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM
 
September 13, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up



1. We are lucky to have such good friends as @lelonopo to not only support us (and the Borealis especially), but who lets us know when there are great sales on wine at New Seasons!
2. Monday was full of visitors and wine, we had a group of sommeliers from amazing Portland restaurants out to visit with our Oregon distributor, Vinum, and were treated to a blend tasting by Ben to help nail down the components of the 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir. It's going to be a stellar bottling!
3. This is a first (for me, at least)! I am amazed by what people find to pair with our wines, and @portlandcigarguy found that an Alec Bradley Prensado - Churchill cigar paired with a clean and crisp Borealis wine by Montinore which cleans the palate with each sip.
4. Our first 2012 Pinot Noir started to go into bottle Wednesday morning. We will have it available on the website and in the tasting room in the next couple of weeks! 
5. @miapod3 says "Nothing is better than buying myself a nicely chilled bottle of #oregon #Montinore #whitetablewine - 36% muller-thurgau, 30% riesling, 20% gerwurztraminer and 14% pinot gris. Great blend of organic grapes from #germany!"
6. Even with this last heat wave, the grapes are doing wonderfully. Here is our Pinot Gris from Block 8, which is showing beautiful overall color. 
 



Here is some links we clicked this week:

- How perfect, Wine Folly did a piece on pairing wine with Mexican food (I know that many of us tend to reach for a beer when enjoying tacos), but since we are having Taco Pedaler out here for the Crush Party, this is a good guide to start with!
- Over at Wine Spectator, James Molesworth, has an interesting blog about wine and food pairing, for the main course both people suggested completely different wines and ended up with a split decision - which just goes to show, even with highly trained palates, everyone appreciates wine and food slightly differently. 
- Rudy was featured on the local news, KOIN, to discuss the latest heat wave that has hit the area and how it has been affecting the grapes that are just about ready to be picked. 



This weekend we will:

Be staying right here in the Tasting Room all weekend to enjoy some of the last warm weekend days of the summer. Hope to see you out here!

Cheers!

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM
 
September 6, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up



1. @drwilley celebrated with our Rose and the Olympic National Park - the makings of any great day.
2. Our new barrels are here! And boy, they are pretty!
3. The lovely Wine Passionista, Tara O'Leary, included our Almost Dry Riesling in her collection of perfect barbaque wines. 
4. The aftermath of pressing the first batch of grapes for verjus on Wednesday. 
5. It cooled off in the Valley a bit this week, which made for some lovely wine tasting weather, as evidenced by @seanhill33's visit. 
6. The Pinot Noir has changed color quite stunningly over the past week. Now we just need to make sure that the birds don't steal all the fruit!
 



Here is some links we clicked this week:

- Katherine Cole wrote a lovely piece on Ovum Wines for the Oregonian. Although they have a small production, they are really making every drop special; innovative teams like this make us thankful to be in Oregon.  
- Football season is finally upon us, and while many people are busily working on their Fantasy Football team, I am happily working on my formula for the perfect tailgating and wine combo. Fotunately now is the best time to get input from others - here is a handy reference to start with.
- Wine Folly has a wonderful breakdown of the Pinot Gris vs. Pinot Grigio characteristics. 



This weekend we will:

Be at Clemente's in Astoria for a winemaker dinner with our Owner and Winegrower, Rudy. Should be a beautiful evening full of great food and plenty of wine. 

Cheers!

Time Posted: Sep 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM
 
August 30, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up



1. Perecting the final blend of the "Red Cap" Pinot Noir with our Director of Consumer Sales, Eddie Zavestoski.
2. It is finally blackberry season around here! I see many pies and cobblers in our near future.
3. @great_gobs said "Serious yum! My #favorite of this trip so far. @montinore  #pintonoir  #oregon #wine"
4. Everyone from the Marketing department and Winemaking team took a quick KEXP and labeling break Thursday to prepare wine to go to Finland. 
5. Rudy has trained our Gewürztraminer vines this year in a Scott Henry trellising style - we are seeing some great fruit out there and larger clusters than years before!
6. Ben dropped off Pinot Wednesday at Clear Creek, so that they can start making some brandy for our upcoming Ruby Port. 
 



Here is some links we clicked this week:

- And it starts! The Northwest grape harvest is officially under way, Marquette was the first varietal to be brought in from wine grower, Paul Champoux, in the Horse Heaven Hills. 
- This helpful guide from Buzzfeed with 17 British Slang Terms just helps us to understand our resident Brit, Stephen, a little bit better.
- Willamette Valley Wineries was featured in the L.A. Times for the upcoming Pinot in the City on September 11th. 



This weekend we will:

Be staying right here in the Tasting Room all weekend for tasters that will be celebrating the end summer with some Labor Day wine tours. Come visit us!
 

Cheers!

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM
 
August 23, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up



1. @mowwyyrose enjoyed one of our whites this week after a long day. 
2. Excited that we are starting to get info for Oregon Wines Fly Free! September 10 - November 20, Alaska Airlines passengers will be able to check a case of wine for free & when you show your boarding pass, you will receive free tastings here and all the other participating wineries.
3. We are always happy when our friends stop by (in this case it was our broker, Dendor Wines) because it gives us an excuse to enjoy a long lunch full of special items from Rudy's garden.
4. Our Pinot Noir blocks have clusters that have almost completely changed.
5. @mvhedges0 said "Leftover panzenella magically transformed into pasta sauce by @christophehedges, Sarah and Deborah. Amazing with this 2012 Pinot Gris from the amazing#montinore family. I am a happy camper." And we are excited to hear from our other Northwest winery friends!
6. Rudy was happy to show a group of Japanese visitors our winery and vineyards. Always great to share more about biodynamics.
 


 

Here is some links we clicked this week:

- Woah. We knew that Oregon was the place to be, but this just proves it. France is coming to the Valley. Burgundy's Louis Jadot has just purchased a vineyard in the Valley. 
- We love Wine Country restaurants and I love kickstarter, so it makes me really excited to see Ruddick/Wood moving rapidly towards the end goal to be funded. I can't wait to stop at what will be the newest restaurant in Newberg. 
- Now that the team has actually recouped from the events of IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) it is fun to look back at Portland Monthly's Slide Show of the weekend. 



This weekend we will:

Be pouring wine at Roth's in Salem today (Friday, August 23rd) at 2:00-5:00 - Stephen Webber, our winemaker, will be there. 

Also, we will be at the New Seasons on Hawthorne in Portland Saturday, August 24th at 3:00 pm. 
 

Cheers!

Time Posted: Aug 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM
 
August 16, 2013 |

Weekly Wine-Up



1. Willamette Shakespeare was here last weekend and preformed a lovely rendition of Romeo & Juliet
2. @colette_e joined us for Romeo & Juliet and enjoyed a picnic on our lawn. 
3. Our Pinot Gris blocks are starting to get some color too!
4. @vonringkamp had a nice visit with our friendly estate goats
5. We bottled the 2012 Reserve Pinot Gris & Reserve Muller-Thurgau on Thursday - the Reserve Muller will be the first of the two released, coming next Spring. 
6. Lovely photo of Graham's reservoir, courtesy of @seadspaul
 


 

Here is some links we clicked this week:

- Wine Folly helps to break down some of the challenges and differences in the lovely Riesling grape. 
- A new app for all wine lovers - Drync has developed "The Shazam for Wine", where you just take a picture of the label to purchase. 
- It is Hatch chile season after all, so this weekend I will be enjoying Joy the Baker's Roasted Tomato and Hatch Chile Salsa in the backyard with some Borealis. Just the right amount of heat. 
 



This weekend we will:

Be visiting our neighbor, Elk Cove, for Hog Wild. What is bound to be an epic battle of Memphis chefs and an ultimate Rosé lineup. It should not be missed. Memphis Magazine did a write up on the line up that will be attending. 

 

Cheers!

 

 

Time Posted: Aug 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM