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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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