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The Yamhill-Carlton Estate Vineyard.

Our first visit with Résonance Wines took place in 2019. It was a fantastic visit and we vowed that we would go back every year. Well, pandemics have a way of changing plans on you. But finally being able to return after 3 years, we were very well-rewarded for our wait. Résonance is going from strength to strength and is asserting itself as making some of the best wines in the Willamette Valley as well as having one of the best tasting rooms to visit.

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It takes a special place and a brave dream to make two nomads finally stop moving and, quite literally, put down roots.

Willamette Valley winery

Guy Insley & Ximena Orrego [Source: Atticus Wine]

Ximena Orrego and Guy Insley of Atticus Estate Vineyard & Winery were both born abroad and have lived in (and travelled to) multiple countries. Their aspiration to own a vineyard when they retired became a reality sooner than expected, and in a place quite unexpected.

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Abbott Claim: A Fine Balance

Abbott Claim: A Fine Balance


Posted on May 4, 2022

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A perfect pairing. [Source: Abbott Claim]

While it’s becoming somewhat common to see a Burgundian House establish a wine project in Oregon, one of the State’s newest winery owners is surprising initially, until you dig a little deeper. Beck Family Estates chose the Willamette Valley to launch Abbott Claim, its first winery outside of South Africa. Their reputation for a commitment to sustainability coupled with their choice of Alban Debeaulieu as their winemaker is already proving to be a wine match made in heaven.

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Bells Up Winery: Meeting the Moment

Bells Up Winery: Meeting the Moment


Posted on Apr 27, 2022

Willamette Valley winery

Sara & Dave Specter.

Over the past several years of interviewing close to 300 winemakers, we’ve come across a lot of stories of unlikely journeys where individuals or couples of have packed up their (often corporate) lives and moved to a different part of the country to pursue a life in wine. The common denominator in those stories has been a dream fueled by passion. But passion alone isn’t always enough to turn winemaking into a viable business. At Bells Up Winery, Dave & Sara Specter have found success by focusing on making quality wine, while at the same time connecting with quality people.

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Quinta da Pacheca: Top of its Class

Quinta da Pacheca: Top of its Class


Posted on Apr 13, 2022

Douro Valley winery

A beautiful winery to visit.

Portugual’s Douro Valley has a storied wine history that dates back centuries, most notably from the time of its demarcation as a region in 1756. One of the original properties within that demarcation is Quinta da Pacheca which we were lucky enough to visit just a few short months ago.

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South Australia Riesling

South Australia Riesling


Posted on Mar 25, 2022

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2018 Powell & Son Eden Valley Riesling

This month the #WorldWineTravel group is discussing South Australian Whites. During an AdVINEture to Adelaide in 2019, we tasted numerous Rieslings and were blown away by the level of quality we discovered.

What?? South Australia and Riesling in the same sentence? How can that be, you are probably thinking, when Riesling is the ultimate cool climate wine and Australia is the ultimate hot climate terroir? If you can put your pre-conceptions away, as we had to, you will find that there are actually many terrific Rieslings coming out of South Australia that are delicious wines showing varietal character and often at very fair prices.

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Quinta do Bomfim: Distinctly Dow’s

Quinta do Bomfim: Distinctly Dow’s


Posted on Mar 16, 2022

Dow's Port Douro Valley

Inside the cellar at Bomfim.

The name Symington is synonymous with producing high quality Port wine over several generations. Today, the family owns and operates 4 of the world’s most renowned Port houses: Graham’s, Dow’s, Warre’s, and Cockburn’s. Quinta do Bomfim was purchased by Dow’s in 1896 and has the distinction of producing two of the most sought after vintage ports by collectors: the 2007 Dow’s Vintage Port (a 100-point wine as per Wine Spectator) and the 2011 Dow’s Vintage Port (ranked by WS as the best wine in the world in 2014).

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Advinetures wine blogWe are delighted to announce that AdVINEtures has been nominated for a Wine Travel Award under the “Wine & Food Influencer: The Brightest Journey” category. Finalists will be announced March 31st and move to the next round where content will then be judged by a panel.

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Allison & Chris

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