Iris Vineyards

Iris Vineyards: Showcasing the Southern Willamette Valley

On a recent visit to South Willamette Valley, I discovered Iris Vineyards. The winery’s production facility is located in Cottage Grove, but Iris’s tasting room is situated about 20 minutes from both Cottage Grove and Eugene. The drive is well worth the visit because of the spectacular views. Perched atop a knoll, the tasting room

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Lowe Winery Vineyards

Mudgee Musings – Australia Wine Country

Some of the many delights of traveling are discovering an unexpected site, cozy restaurant, or photo op that takes you by surprise. The whole region of Mudgee was like that for me. An unknown (to me) wine region, that was one of my excursions to Australia Wine Country with the Wine Media Conference. Now, you’ve

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Bells Up Winery Vineyards

Bells Up Winery: Wine Music Hits All the Notes

Music is an essential part of the wine message at Bells Up Winery in the Willamette Valley. Music comes in many forms for David and Sara Specter, owners of the winery. As you enter the winery you first encounter the music with their logo of the French horn. I would say in their own way

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Rogue Valley Dancin Vineyards

Dancin Vineyards: The Delights of the Rogue Valley

Autumn is the ideal time of the year to visit Dancin Vineyards in the Rogue Valley AVA. Not only does the wine dance, but the fall colors of the foliage create an exquisite performance as if they are dancing in the wind. All this makes visiting this winery spectacular. The story of Dancin is a

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Wine Tasting Rooms

New Wine Tasting Rooms for Liquid Farm & Crawford Family Wines

A trip up to Santa Ynez, Solvang, and Los Olivos is always fun, especially when visiting old wine friends. My visit took in both Liquid Farm and Crawford Family Wines. Although I love their wines, they both have new wine tasting rooms that I wanted to check out, which I found worth the visit. I

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Vidon Vineyard

Vidon Vineyard: From NASA Scientist to Winemaker

From space to the vineyard, life has taken many spins around this earth for Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard. Visiting his hideaway gem of a vineyard with its magnificent views of the Willamette Valley, one would never know that Don had played a specific role in the Apollo space mission. You might call Don an

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Solvang Winery Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room

Visiting Solvang Winery Lucas & Lewellen

It takes a balancing act to oversee the 50 different wines that compose the portfolio of Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards, a Solvang winery, but winemaker Megan McGrath Gates does it with panache. It began as a friendship in 1975 between Louis Lucas, a viticulturist, and Royce Lewellen, a Superior Court Judge, and moved on

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Missouri Wines

Missouri Wines: A brief history, and pairing ideas

If you’ve ever wondered what the heck to pair with that bottle of Norton your friend brought you from her trip back home to Missouri, and Missouri Wines, I’ve got your answer: Slow-braised short rib with goat cheese polenta. That’s right, nice rich meat, to go with the structured dry red wine. Don’t be afraid

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Highland Valley Wineries Vista View

Highland Valley Wineries: A Love Affair with Ramona Valley

My second day in the Ramona Valley took me to four Highland Valley wineries. I found the day to be all about passion. Each winemaker had their interpretation of their love of wine, whether it be the winemaking process or the growing of grapes. Although the passion seemed to take on different forms, one commonality

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Markus Wine Co. Red Wine Blends

Markus Wine: A step above Red Wine Blends

I think of Markus Niggli as the master blender, and after sampling all the red wine blends he now produces, I find like an artist, his palette and technique for combining varieties takes him to a level beyond most winemakers. I first met Markus in 2017 when he was the winemaker for Borra Vineyards in

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