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Julia Crowley

Julia Crowley

EDN's Food & Wine Editor has been in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. First through creating European wine tours, then opening her own wine bar, Julia now loves writing about food & wine for EDN through her two weekly columns: Wine Down Eugene & Local Lunch Gals. Find more wine related articles on her website, WineJulia.com.
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wine rack rustic laying down left view

These wine racks are like nothing I’ve ever seen – solidly engineered with precision from reclaimed barn wood, there’s no chemical treatment whatsoever and every crevice and grain of the wood, undoubtedly, has a story to tell.

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photo: Julia Crowley

Each of the three Kramer Vineyards Chardonnays were unique thumbprints of the weather patterns of their harvested years – showcasing excellent varietal characteristics special to their vintage, terroir and Kim’s impressive winemaking style.

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Natural Kombucha by Kookoolan

Hosted by SakéOne, producers of premium Oregon craft saké and importers of high quality saké from Japan, vendors that participated in sharing their craft beverages alongside Saké One for the Oregon Craft Beverage event included a cidery, a brewery, a distillery, a meadery, and a winery that’s home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Willamette Valley.

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Ahhhh...thoroughly enjoying a fabulous Pinot noir in my very own Zalto Burgundy glass

It’s funny how life can come full circle.

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From some of the well-known pioneers like David Adelsheim (who brought the first Dijon Chardonnay clones into the state) to today’s generation of impassioned producers like Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate, we heard from each panel member about their thoughts on the future of Oregon Chardonnay at the recent Oregon Chardonnay Symposium.

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Three rock stars in their respected fields came together for a stellar Wine vs Beer Food Pairing event at The Tap and Growler: winemaker Jonathan Scott Oberlander, brew master Matt Van Wyk and Chef Michael Landsberg.

Wine vs Beer Food Pairing Event in the Barrel Room at Tap and Growler

tap and growler tulip beer and taps

The Tap and Growler is bringing together two rock stars of the local wine and beer scene in for a Wine vs. Beer Food Pairing Event: Jonathan Scott Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars and Matt Van Wyk of Oakshire Brewing, and pairing their beverages with food from Noisette Pastry Kitchen. Check it out:

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One of many gold medal winners for Umpqua Valley's Reustle Prayer rock vineyards

In last week’s Wine Down Eugene, I mentioned my excitement regarding an invitation I had received to join a panel of judges for a wine judging competition in Cannon Beach, Oregon: SavorNW Wine Awards. The SavorNW Wine Awards, now in its third consecutive year, takes place about a week and a half before the Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival.

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savor nw wine awards medal

It’s been an exciting few weeks in my wondrous world of wine: vertical tastings galore and an honored opportunity to join a panel of judges for the SavorNW Wine Awards

Ghost Hill Cellars Winemaker Dinner at the Campbell House

Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir

Jump on this opportunity to enjoy some of the gems from Ghost Hill Cellars. Taking place on February 20, beginning at 6 pm at the Campbell House, join Ghost Hill Cellars winemaker, Rebecca Pittock Shouldis, for a fabulous dinner.

Wine Down Eugene: Valentine’s Special

Is there any better pairing out there?

Forget about pairing wine with chocolate for Valentine’s Day – it’s all about the popcorn and Brut Rosé for my honey and me.

Tap & Growler Valentine’s Day Event: A History of Oregon Wine

The Tap and Growler | photo: T&G Facebook page

The Tap & Growler to hold a Valentine’s Day event, “A History of Oregon Wine” slideshow presentation, in their Barrel Room with a surprise presenter – a forefather of Oregon Wine.

Heart of Willamette Valley 4th Annual Barrel Tour: Feb. 15

Brigadoon in snow

On Saturday, February 15, the Heart of Willamette Winery Association is hosting its 4th Annual Barrel Tour.

2014 Oregon Wine Symposium Feb. 25-26

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Not only is this the biggest wine industry event of the year, it’s a gathering place for Oregon’s wine community to come together to learn, share and become acquainted: Oregon Wine Symposium

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Fermentation District logo

The Eugene Fermentation District is now in full swing. Openings of new urban tasting rooms and wineries, distilleries, a possible cider house and a long standing fermentation center are the core of what is contributing to Eugene’s new-found awesomeness – and it’s all happening in the eclectic, colorful and undeniably funky neighborhood that we all love – the Whiteaker, also known as The Whit.

Inaugural Westside Beer and Wine Loop – Westside Warehouse District

Noble Estate Line up

Claim 52 Brewing, J. Scott Cellars, Noble Estate Winery, and Viking Braggot Company are coming together to host the Inaugural Westside Beer and Wine Loop on Saturday, March 1, from 5-9 pm.

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It’s as if Mother Nature feels guilty for the months of clouds and mist she casts down on us, so when she sees we are all getting a bit loopy from the looming grayness, she gifts us with two or three days of unbelievable warmth and sunshine.

Local Lunch Gals Solo: Laughing Planet Café


Laughing Planet Cafe’s approach to the food they serve is to get the food from farm to plate as quickly as possible. Whether it’s grass-fed beef from Carman Ranch in Wallowa, Oregon, or vegetables from farms on Sauvie Island along Oregon’s Columbia River, they support the local economy by sourcing foods from local farmers.

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Know someone who's accomplished something great? Rock Star Red is the perfect gift and is down-right delicious

I think it’s safe to say that everyone who has ever shopped for wine has, at least once, purchased a wine solely because of its packaging -I’m certainly guilty of it. Whether it has an eye catching label with beautiful artwork or boasts a name perfect for a special occasion or holiday, it’s too hard to avoid the urge to bring home a bottle that will undoubtedly be a conversation piece.

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BCS Argyle Riesling 2011

As I did with the Best Case Scenario Pinot Noirs, I’ll be highlighting one of the Rieslings every couple of weeks and sharing my tasting notes along with information on the wineries and winemakers under the Best Case Scenario tab on WineJulia.com.

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