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Guillaume Large

Oregon is now squarely on the radar of top winemakers from Burgundy. Domaine Drouhin Oregon started it all when Burgundian powerhouse Maison Joseph Drouhin acquired property in 1987 in the Willamette Valley and started producing wine. Since then, several big names in Burgundy have started or make wine at wineries in Oregon: Evening Land and Lingua Franca are both projects started with Dominique Lafond of Comtes Lafond; Isabelle Dutarte of Burgundy makes the wine at Oregon’s DePonte Cellars as well as running her own label Callabus Cellars, a project she shares with Domaine Drouhin’s Veronique Boss-Drouhin; and Bruno Corneaux who studied enology and viticulture at the University of Burgundy in Dijon with Veronique Boss-Drouhin has started Domaine Divio. In 2013 a big event happened when another Burgundian powerhouse, this time Maison Louis Jadot, purchased two vineyards in the Willamette Valley and created Résonance. On a recent trip to the Willamette we heard the Résonance story firsthand from its very talented winemaker, Guillaume Large.

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Chehalem Mountains AVA willamette valley

Alloro Vineyard

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is widely considered one of the world’s premier Pinot Noir producing regions. Among its 7 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) is the Chehalem Mountains AVA which sits just under 20 miles southwest of Portland, stretching 20 miles long and 5 miles wide. 53 of the Willamette Valley’s 700+ wineries live here including such well-respected names as Adelsheim, Ponzi and ROCO. A recent new discovery for us was Alloro Vineyard, a winery on a living farm that brings the best things in life to the table along with an invitation for anyone to come have a seat.

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Pinot Noir: A Primer

Pinot Noir: A Primer


Posted on Oct 2, 2019

Oregon Willamette Valley wine country

Pinot Noir grapes on the vine.

Pinot Noir makes, in our view, one of the most unique wines of all. This in spite of the fact that it is notoriously difficult to grow and can be maddeningly inconsistent from one vintage to the next. Yet, it is generally priced higher on average than other wines and in fact tops the auctions in terms of the prices it can fetch. Perhaps more than any other wine, it attracts the most ardent followers.

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Australian wine communicator

Tyson Stelzer

Almost three years ago we interviewed Tyson Stelzer. To give you some background about Tyson we opened our article with “If you’re interested in wine and the name Tyson Stelzer doesn’t sound familiar living in the northern hemisphere, trust us it soon will. His resume presents very notable credentials including current International Wine & Spirit Wine Communicator of the Year. Not just content to being a wine writer, he uses all mediums to reach wine enthusiasts worldwide including authoring numerous articles and books, speaking at wine events worldwide, as well as hosting his own television series.”

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Wine High Club: Lufthansa

Wine High Club: Lufthansa


Posted on Sep 18, 2019

Wine High Club

Lufthansa’s wine and food pairings are notable.

As Europe’s first and only airline to be awarded the title of “Five-Star Airline”, high expectations follow and can often be hard to live up to. Year in and year out Lufthansa has continued to raise the bar with their dedication to both excellence and efficiency, certainly earning their reputation as one of the 10 best premium airlines in the world.

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Oceania Cruises

Dom on ice.

We recently cruised through the Baltics on the sumptuous Oceania Marina, a 1250-passenger luxury cruise liner. A fabulous cruise with many memorable meals and wines, but from a gastronomic point of view, the Dom Perignon Experience was easily the highlight.

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