I can’t remember a summer ever flying by as fast as this one. I also can’t believe this is issue number 75 of Wine Down Eugene! Time to pop the cork on a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir and celebrate!
By the time this is being read by fans of the Wine Down, I will be on the road with the Oregon Wine Board traveling from Ashland in the south to Newberg in the north. Five California based wine writers and I have been invited to visit Oregon’s beautiful, bountiful and diverse wine country from one end of the state to the other.
The crisp Fall air seems to be arriving early this year in the Willamette Valley, or maybe I’m just not ready for the hot summer days to disappear; either way, the cooler temperatures and sporadic leaves with gorgeous hues of yellow and red are here.
Let’s get ready to rumble!! Well, it’s actually more like, let’s get ready to taste wine! The Third Annual Pinot Smackdown starts tomorrow, and local wineries and Pinot Noir lovers are getting ready to taste and brag about our regions stellar Pinot Noirs.
It seems just like yesterday that I was writing about Memorial Weekend open houses at the wineries, and suddenly here I am, writing about the open houses for Labor Day Weekend. Summer simply flies by way too fast for me.
Last weeks Wine Down Eugene was published a day early, and this weeks Wine Down Eugene is being published a day late – all because of my five day trip to Portland for the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference.
Fresh vegetables abound here in the Willamette Valley this time of year, and if you or someone you know is a locavore, there’s no better place to be right now than in Eugene, Oregon.
“Fire up that grill, honey!” I’ve said those exact words on numerous occasions since the clouds have dispersed and the sun has been shining down on the Willamette Valley; indeed, I love to cook in the great outdoors – one of the many reasons why I love summer.
Is it really already August? It feels like summer just began, but when I went shopping for sandals today, I could only find shelves of boots alongside what’s left of the sandals on the clearance racks – a sure sign summer is nearing its end.
There’s just something about sipping a summery chilled Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc while looking out over the vineyards and/or valley. And although our urban wineries, like Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company and LaVelle’s Tasting Room at the 5th, don’t have valley or vineyard views, they do offer outdoor seating where people watching can be a great form of entertainment while enjoying a glass of chilled white wine.