As summer events at the wineries fade out, harvest is just beginning. From smaller wineries like Pfeiffer Winery, where juice was being pressed from their luscious Pinot Gris grapes just a couple hours ago, to the largest wineries like King Estate where harvesters have been under way picking, destemming and crushing fruit since last Saturday, Oregon wineries are hard at work.
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.
King Estate and Pfeiffer Vineyards have had a long and strong relationship. For years, King Estate has purchased more than 90 percent of the fruit grown on Pfeiffer Vineyards, and with this fruit, winemaker Jeff Kandarian of King Estate makes some exceptional vineyard designate wines.
Wine Down Eugene for November 16 - 22.