The downloading and discovery of a new amazing wine app is the highlight of this week's Wine Down Eugene.
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.
I recently had the opportunity to stay two nights in one of the guest cottages at the gorgeous Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills, and it was an amazing two days filled with fabulous Stoller wine.
A couple days ago, I received a tweet via Twitter from @16TonsCafe (we all know and love 16 Tons), and here's what it read: "@WineJulia you must be in wine heaven with all these new places opening. It's kind of epic for Eugene's urban wine scene."
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.
My friend's new found love for Oregon Pinot Gris brought on many fun and exciting (truly exciting) evenings of enjoying some of Oregon's well-known white wines.
I love Oregon Pinot Noir. Its diverse terroir driven characteristics and fresh, pure berry and earthy deliciousness; combined with, unmatched complexity, depth and elegance, enable each wine and vintage to be individually exciting, exclusive and unique.
Changes are happening all over the South Willamette Valley, and from my own personal experiences, change is always good.
I'm feeling like a very happy wine gal these days; blue skies, warm air, and a summer full of stellar wine events and media trips throughout Oregon and Washington - life couldn't be better. There is much to look forward to, much to be excited about, and a whole lot to write about.