Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2013 Blanc de Cabernet Franc

by Erin James

The wine press—myself included—enjoys preaching about the essential balance of art and science in winemaking. However, at the end of…


Picking wine out for Thanksgiving can be more complicated than it appears on the surface: the traditional foods combine some slightly unusual flavors, buying for larger groups can be tricky and figuring out what to prioritize can always be a bit of a hassle. My general approach is to find wines that pair well with as much of the meal as possible without being so exotic or esoteric to dissuade all but the most determined drinker.

Taste of Tulalip is the real start of the holiday season for me–a chance to simply enjoy some of the finest wines in the world, hailing from both far and near. The two-day celebration of wine is hosted at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington and serves as an opportunity to take stock of the world of wine and how the Northwest fits into it. With that in mind, here are some thoughts both on the event itself and the wines (and beers!) I tasted there-in.

Willamette Valley is host to more than 4oo wineries within its six sub-appellations, including its southern end which hubs around Eugene, Oregon as multifarious viticultural sanctuary for more than 20 wineries. From bigger names (King Estates, Capitello, J. Scott) to small (Territorial, Stanton, Sarver), the South Willamette Valley wineries range from urban settings to reclining hillside vineyards, including Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery.

Those who live in rainy territories aren’t picky when it comes to getaways. But as full-fledged heat-infused vacays aren’t always an option, we know wine tasting can be just as satisfyingly warm—especially when “island” becomes part of the equation. Even though we can’t guarantee that the only water you’ll encounter will be the surrounding Pacific Ocean, we still think you should pack that umbrella with enthusiasm—and maybe your sunnies if you’re optimistic.

California-based Jackson Family Wines and its La Crema winery have been exploring cool-climate vineyards for the past 30 years, developing the depth in the grapes that go in to the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The company’s winemaking method is based on the relationship between traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques and contemporary California-style.

Sip Northwest and Northwest Vine Time team up for new radio show beginning November 14
Award-winning magazine Sip Northwest is teaming up with the popular wine-themed radio show, Northwest Vine Time, to launch Sip Northwest Live.

In a rapidly-growing wine region, new producers will always be at a bit of a disadvantage. Just letting the public know about their wine can be a bit of a challenge, and one with many different solutions. Yet, from my perspective as a writer and wine buyer, the most important area where many new wineries struggle is in their pricing.
Pretty regularly as a buyer, I’m approached by a somewhat new, local winery that wants me to stock their wine at my small retail shop.

I love chicken noodle soup. It’s hearty, easy to make and a cure all for the common cold (even if only mentally). You can swap out the noodles for something else (like I did in this recipe for grown up chicken soup with rice) or add other creative spins to reinvent this classic dish. However, no matter how many ways you dress this soup up or down, after a while, it’s still just chicken noodle soup.

Corcelettes is a new Swiss family-run winery in British Columbia’s rocky Similkameen Valley. Small lots of interesting, intentional wines are turning out, including a homeland inspired white blend based on the Swiss Chasselas variety called Trivium.
Oracle is one such interesting wine that will demonstrate how a rosé can carry you through fall easily. Deep crimson in hue, the 2014 Oracle Zweigelt rosé was sourced from the LadyHawke Vineyard in Keremeos.

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