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Julia Crowley

Julia Crowley

Julia has been in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. First through creating European wine tours, then opening her own wine bar, Julia loves writing about food & wine on her website, WineJulia.com.

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SakéOne, a saké brewing facility and importer located in the northwestern corner of the Willamette Valley, is one of only six brewing facilities in the U.S. and the only one in Oregon. They not only produce high quality, incredibly delicious craft saké, but they import some of the finest and highest quality sakés from Japan.

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The downloading and discovery of a new amazing wine app is the highlight of this week’s Wine Down Eugene.

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Being the fan that I am of the wines from my beautiful home state of Oregon, and everything that has to do with the Oregon wine industry; including, the wineries and vineyards, the winemakers, the harvesters, the gorgeous rolling hill wine country, the thriving varietals and the hundreds of micro-climates throughout the state, I always get super excited when there’s a new addition to the already fabulous list of wineries we have.

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As a wine writer, I receive a lot of wine for review purposes, but when I receive wine that’s not only from my home state, but also from the super unique Illinois Valley AVA, I get really excited. When I opened the box to find four vibrantly-labeled Deer Creek Vineyards wines, I knew I was in for a treat.

Memorial Weekend at the Wineries

Heading out to wine country? Enjoy bubbles with a view at Domaine Meriwether

Local wineries will be swinging their doors open for one of the South Willamette Valley’s most celebrated 3 day weekends: Memorial Day Weekend. Winery Open Houses will be happening throughout the valley, it’s the official kick-off to the summer season.

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On Chardonnay Day, be the witty one at the party: bring a Chablis.

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One of the best benefits of wine writing is receiving review samples of wine from around the world – a perk that’s certainly refined my palate and afforded me experiences with wine I would have otherwise never had. There is nothing, however, that excites me more than receiving review samples from Oregon wineries – where my heart and passion for my favorite beverage clearly shines through my writing

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I mentioned briefly in last week’s Wine Down Eugene that I had recently attended the first ever Pacific Northwest Cool Climate Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Conference. This week;’s Wine Down gives a briefing on what we experienced during the conference…much more is to come.

16 Tons Celebrates 4 Years During Their Wild Ale Festival Today!

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16 Tons will be pouring 70 different Wild Ales ranging from Farmhouse to Funky, from Tart to Tooth-Achingly-Acidic. Rustic, Sour, Barrel Aged, Spontaneously Fermented, and simply Wild ales.

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Enjoyed each sip of this beautifully evolving, stellar Pinot Noir.

Reflecting on just the past two weeks alone, I have had the opportunity to join in on three absolutely fabulous and memorable events, and although each of the three events were totally unique and different, they all shared a common ground: wine.

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One of my ultimate dreams is coming true this summer with Domaine Meriwether’s Wine Camp – camping among the vineyards plus much, much more. This week’s Wine Down is a must read!

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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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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

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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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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

Open Mics

  • 12/04/16 Open Mic in Eugene, Oregon at Cush
  • 12/04/16 Open Jam in Walterville, Oregon at River Stop
  • 12/04/16 Open Mic in Eugene, Oregon at Mulligan’s
  • 12/05/16 Open Mic in Eugene, Oregon at First National Taphouse
  • 12/06/16 Acoustic Night w/ Brian Chevalier in Dexter, Oregon at Dexter Lake Club
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