Kristin Fintel on September 17th, 2010

The Holy Grail for a Pinot Noir lover is to find a fine bottle of the ruby red at a price point that allows one to break open a bottle for dinner even when it’s not a special occasion.  Oh sure.  It’s not hard to find a great bottle of Pinot in Oregon for $70.  [...]

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Kristin Fintel on August 24th, 2010

Many of my guests are looking for that quaint, boutique winery that is fabulous, but that nobody knows about.  I try to point out that if nobody knows about it there might be a reason.  People find out about the good wineries, no matter how hard they are hidden.  Anam Cara Cellars is like that… [...]

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Kristin Fintel on July 14th, 2010

On a bright Sunday afternoon, Kristin and I stopped by VIDON Vineyard.  The name ‘VIDON’ (pronounced vee-dohn) comes from Vicki and Don, the founders of winery.  Don is the winemaker and does most of the farming on their 20 acre vineyard.  Don plans to add another 12 acres to the vineyard and will hire his [...]

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Kristin Fintel on June 29th, 2010

Off the beaten winery path, in a former walnut processing plant, lies a fun tasting adventure.  WineWorks Oregon has made this brick building on 17th Street in McMinnvile it’s home for over10 years.  The beauty of the situation is that WineWorks houses five distinct labels so your tasting experience can be as unique as you are. WineWorks Oregon [...]

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Kristin Fintel on June 15th, 2010

What I like about Robin Murto is that she’s passionate about farming grapes. This was most evident to me when a friend and I spent an hour with her on her vineyard tour. Because pinot noir, probably more than any other varietal, takes much of its character from the growing conditions, the farmers play a pivotal role in the wine making process.

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