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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Oenocamp takes place each year at the gorgeous hilltop vineyards at Kramer, where wine enthusiasts are given the chance to find out what it takes to produce sparkling wine at one of Oregon's up and coming signature sparkling wine facilities.
Although September is harvest month for Oregon wineries, wine enthusiasts may be surprised to know that many of the state's wineries and winery associations put on exciting harvest events during this Autumnal Equinox month.
As I pack-up for my next adventure in the world of wine and wine writing, I'm reminded of how much I love what I do.
In just a couple days, I'll be starting my transoceanic journey to the Mediterranean coastal city of Murcia, Spain. Having been to Spain before (Barcelona and Ibiza), I can say with full confidence that Spain is one of my favorite countries in the world. The food, wine, culture, scenery, history and people are simply brilliant, marvelous and magnificent.