Illahe into the Cellar, out to the vineyard and back in time

Illahe Vineyard-Cellar
We continue our visit with Lowell Ford of Illahe Vineyard in the proposed Mt. Pisgah/Polk County AVA in the Willamette Valley, by leaving the upper level of their gravity flow winery and heading into their new wine cave completed in 2015. Both the winery with it’s barrel shaped ceiling and the wine cave, set into […]

Where are the Women in Champagne? #Winophiles

Nathalie Falmet Brut & Champagne, by the Artist RuBen Permel of Act2Art
Women in Champagne.  It’s a simple title.  I looked forward to learning and researching about Women in Champagne as we put together our piece for the Winophiles this month.  As I set forth to do some research, I found two stumbling blocks, Champagne and Women.  Do a search, try it now…I’ll wait. Probably the first […]

Illahe Vineyards – Into the Winery

Illahe Vineyard, Vista View
Last July we made the drive out to Illahe Vineyards in the southern part of the Willamette Valley.  The vineyard is south west of Salem, Oregon, in the proposed Mt. Pisgah/Polk County AVA.  Kathy Greysmith, the tasting room manager, took us through a tasting of the white wines and then Lowell the owner and grape […]

Crushed Grape Chronicles & a visit to Illahe Vineyards

Illahe Vineyard
We made the drive toward the southern part of the Willamette Valley to visit Illahe.  (ILL-a-he)  We were staying in Newburg and took the opportunity to get up early and drive south through the Eola-Amity Hills and then down to Salem.  In Salem we made a stop along the Willamette River at Minto-Brown Island Park […]

Barrel Tasting with Rudy Marchesi at Montinore Estate

Montinore Vineyards, Rudy Marchesi
After a wonderful interview with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estate discussing the Missoula Floods, the history of Montinore estate and their wines as well as Biodynamics in the vineyard and garden, Rudy invited us to the cellar for a barrel tasting. Winemaker Stephen Webber On the way, we went through the lab, where we met […]

Fabulous French Biodynamic Wines and some Exquisite Pairings #Winophiles

Livienière 2011 Les Planels a biodynamic French Wine
biodynamic adjective bio·​dy·​nam·​ic | \ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-di-ˈna-mik, Definition of biodynamic  1 : of or relating to a system of farming that follows a sustainable, holistic approach which uses only organic, usually locally-sourced materials for fertilizing and soil conditioning, views the farm as a closed, diversified ecosystem, and often bases farming activities on lunar cycles Followers of biodynamic […]

Biodynamics at Montinore Estate


In our conversation with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estates, we asked him about biodynamics. The winery was Certified biodynamic in 2008. Rudy had set this process up while he was still working for the Montinore Estate as an employee. The Motivation & learning Pheloxera was what originally motivated him to look at biodynamics. They had […]

The 7th day Pizza & wine in your PJ’s

Maloof Wines. Where ya Pj's at, with Blaze Pizza
On the 7th day…well we rested! Eating Pizza and Sucking Glass with Maloof Wines. Eat pizza, suck glass. The Mantra from RossandBee at Maloof Wines  We have been cooking a lot lately, and these 12 Days of Wine are keeping us busy.  Today on the 7th day of Wine, we rest. We pick up a […]

On the 6th day there was Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise 2015 Pinot Noir with Tuna
On the 6th day of Wine we opened our bottle of  Joyful Noise Pinot Noir made by Deven Morganstern.  2015 Joyful Noise Pinot Noir We met Deven and Callie  of Joyful Noise at the Uncommon Wine Festival this summer and spoke with them about the 2015 Pinot Noir.  The grapes for this wine come from […]

Illahe Vineyards – Stepping back to a simpler time

Illahe Vineyards, Tasting Room
Well, I suppose “simpler” is all about perspective.  They have a wine here called 1899 that they do with all the conveniences that could be had at that time.  That means no tractors, no electricity, no motorized vehicles.  Illahe means “earth” or “place” or “soil” in the Chinook local dialect. We visited Illahe this past […]

On the 3rd day we pair Riesling with a Tamales!

Libertine Riesling with Tamales
As we arrive at the 3rd of our 12 days of Wine, we are channeling a little decadence.  When I spoke with Alex Neely about pairing the Libertine 2015 Dry Riesling here was his suggestion: This holiday season pair the 2015 Riesling with pork tamales doused in your favorite hot sauce. The flowery aromatics and […]

On the Second Day a Viognier

Maryhill Viognier With Thai Food
As we move to the 2nd day of our “12 days of Wine” we head to Washington to pair a Washington Viognier with one of our favorite traditional holiday foods, Thai take out!  Yep…Carry out at the holidays always takes me back to “A Christmas Story”. Maryhill Winery 2017 Viognier Columbia Valley We were lucky […]

Montinore Estate – About the wines

Montinore Vineyards Entrance
Continuing our conversation with Rudy Marchesi at Montinore Estate  After looking over the Willamette Valley AVA map and having Rudy give us some background on the soils and the impact of the Missoula floods we sat with him to talk about how these soils influence the wines at Montinore Estate. Pinot Noir Pinot Noir is […]
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