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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.

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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.

Wine Down Eugene: Special New Year’s Eve Edition


We eat, sip and celebrate while watching the festivities unfold in New York City’s Times Square via Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. It’s become a tradition – one we look forward to each year. With tradition comes appetizers that are so immensely enjoyed by everyone that they must be made each year.

Wine Down Eugene: Special Sparkling Edition

sparkling Kramer Rose of Carmine

From a one-of-a-kind Rosé of Carmine produced by Oregon’s Kramer Vineyards to a well-known Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne from France, here’s a list of some my favorites that will be perfect for ringing in 2014.

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Hyland coury

Just when I think I’m oh so “in the know” about the best of the best Pinot Noirs from my beautiful home state of Oregon, the UPS man drops off a box containing two Pinot Noirs that I’m not familiar with at all.

Wine Down Eugene Special: Holiday Gift Guide

double hinge corkscrew in snow

The closer we get to Christmas, the more often I’m asked, “What does a wine lover truly want for Christmas?” Here are a few items that will be found on my own Christmas wish list.

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Kramer PN VT corks

One of my favorite perks of being a wine writer is that I get to participate in virtual tastings on a regular basis – most recently with one of my favorite Oregon producers, Kramer Vineyards.

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Because of their excellent depth of character and vibrant, lively acidity, my top pick wine for Thanksgiving this year is Sparkling Brut Rosé. Read about my favorites:

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Last Saturday evening, I attended the Governor’s Inaugural Oregon Leadership Dinner that was hosted by one of Oregon’s iconic and most well-known wineries, Willamette Valley Vineyards.

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