from grapes to wine

Learn about the grapes and varietals that create the wines you love.  We help you explore the journey these grapes take from getting from the vine to your glass, the history of the grapes, the growing seasons, harvest, fermentation, barrels, bottling to your glass. We even talk to the wine makers about their stories and the journey from dirt to glass.

We break this down into three categories.

(more varietals will be added as we continue to explore all of the variations)

White Wines

light bodied Whites

the wines

Albariño

Gruner Veltliner

Muscadet

Pinot Gris

Picpoul

Sauvignon blanc

Soave

Vermentino

 

full bodied Whites

the wines

Chardonnay

Marsanne Blend

Semillon

Viognier

 

 

aromatic Whites

the wines

Chenin Blanc

Gewurtraminer

Muscat Blanc

Reisling

Torrontes

 

Red Wines

light bodied Red

the wines

Gamay

Pinot Noir

 

 

 

 

 

 

medium bodied Red

the wines

Barbera            Montepulciano

Cabernet Franc      Negromaro

Carignan      Rhone/GSM Blend

Carmenere              Sangiovese

Grenache     Valpolicella Blend

Mencia                           Zinfandel

Merlot

full bodied Red

the wines

Aglianico                  Petit Verdot

Bordeaux Blend          Petit Sirah

Cabernet Sauvignon     Pinotage

Malbec                                     Syrah

Mouvedre                    Tempranillo

Nebbiolo             Touriga Nacional

Nero D’avola

Specialty Wines

Sparkling Wine

the wines

Cava

Champagne

Lambrusco

Prosecco

 

 

 

the wines

Rosé

 

 

 

 

 

desert wines

the wines

Madeira            Fortified Wine

Marsala     Late Harvest Wine

Port              Dried Grape Wine

Sauternais                    Ice Wine

Sherry                Noble rot wine

Vin Santo

 

blog posts on wine

Leah Jørgensen – Pirate Princess and Winemaker

Leah Jørgensen – Pirate Princess and Winemaker, that’s what it reads on her business card. I had heard about Leah Jørgensen.  There was a post of a great wine label on Instagram by a fellow wine writer, talking about this White Cab Franc.   Yep, you read that right, White Cab Franc.  I then saw her […]

Ross & Bee – Maloof Wines

The brains and the brawn, the science and the passion…the perfect pairing for making wines.  Ross and Bee consider themselves to be a “true yin and yang team.” Ross & Bee Maloof exude joy when you speak with them.  They are truly excited, bubbling to tell you about these wines that they are so passionate […]

Cahors – Malbec from along the winding river Lot

We’ve all heard of Malbec.  First thought that popped in your head?  Big bold Argentinian Malbec.  Right?  This month with the French Winophiles we are exploring Cahors, France the original home of Malbec. History of Cahors This region sits in the south west of France about 100 miles east of Bordeaux in the Midi-Pyranees and […]

Deven Morganstern is making a Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise…it’s the sound of family and friends coming to table, chairs being pulled up or maybe milk crates, scuffling with a cacaphony of conversation, squeels of children being hoisted up onto seats, clanking of dishes as they are passed, the clinking of glasses and laughter.  That is the inspiration for the name of this […]

Wine, Art & Hedonism with Libertine Wines Alex Neely

Libertine (as defined by Alex Neely) Noun | lib er tine | \ ˈli-bər-ˌtēn \ “One who eschews all cultural values, pure hedonism” On a side note Merriam-Webster tells us that the term originally meant “freedman” when it appeared in 14th-century English and evolved to include religious and secular freethinkers in the 1500s.  Freethinker…that pretty […]

Jim & Jenny – Fossil and Fawn at Uncommon Wine Festival

Jim Fischer II and Jenny Mosbacher of Fossil & Fawn These two…they finish each others sentences.  Case in point Jim & Jenny This is our 2017 White wine blend (they say in almost stereo) Jenny our field blend of 6 different grapes from 3 different vineyards Patron Wow that was really in sync! Jim I’m […]

On A Cheerful Note with Ariel Eberle

Ariel Eberle is a native Oregonian, and the founder/winemaker for A Cheerful Note.  She spends her days as the winemaker for Yamhill Valley Vineyards, so you would think she would have been a shoe in to the wine industry, but she came the long way around to wine making. Ariel Eberle Ariel’s background is in […]

Farmer Fizz? An exploration of Grower Champagne with the French #Winophiles

Grower Champagne, Farmer Fizz it’s been called. Why do we want to drink it? Why would I prefer “a dirt to glass story” to go with my bubbly? Who wouldn’t? Quick breakdown on Champagne You are probably already aware that just because it is fizzy wine, doesn’t mean you can call it Champagne. That title […]

Esther Glen Farm and Winery with Ryan Pickens

We met Ryan Pickens of Esther Glen Farm and Winery at the Uncommon Wine Festival at Vista Hills Vineyard, and had a chance to taste his wines.  The Uncommon Wine Festival gave us an “uncommon” occasion to meet and speak with several newer winemakers, who have smaller labels.  It was an opportunity to taste many […]

Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVAs – a Primer

Oregon’s Willamette Valley …You picture green hills, rain and beards, don’t you? Well as we visited in July, we found lots of the first, very little of the second and enough of the third to keep the myth alive. After flying into Portland, we made the relatively quick drive, over one of the many bridges […]