Noiregon Pinot Briefs
Wine Country Thanskgiving This three-day weekend features tastings at more than 120 Willamette
Valley wineries with artisan foods, live music, and local artists. The 26th annual Wine Country Thanksgiving
runs from November 28-30, 2008, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. This annual event is traditionally held
the weekend after Thanksgiving. Many small, family owned wineries are only open to the public Thanksgiving
and Memorial Day weekends allowing for opportunities to meet the winemakers and sample the newest
releases. Visit www.willamettewines.com or call 503-646-2985 to request a touring map and guide or obtain
your free copy throughout Oregon at visitor associations, hotels, wine stores and travel centers. A similar
open house weekend is held in the spring, Memorial Weekend in Wine Country, May 23-25, 2009.
Salud! Oregon’s Pinot Noir Auction Now in its 17th year, Oregon’s Pinot Noir Auction has raised over six
million dollars for the Tuality Healthcare Foundation to support efforts to bring healthcare to seasonal vineyard
workers and their families. This year’s event will be on November 7 & 8, 2008. At the Big Board Case
Auction, guests can bid on Oregon Pinot Noirs created especially for Salud!. The black-tie Dinner and Auction
includes a live and silent auction of rare wines, special dinners with winemakers, and unique wine trips. For
information and to join the mailing list, visit www.saludauction.org.
McMinnville Wineries For a relatively small town of 30,000 people, McMinnville has an inordinate number
of wineries - 19 at last count. They include Anthony Dell Cellars, Black Cap Wines of Oregon, Coeur de Terre
Vineyard, Coleman Vineyard, Evergreen Vineyards, the Eyrie Vineyards, La Bête Wines, Maysara Winery, NW
Wine Co., at NW wine Bar (over 20 custom crush labels including Soléna Cellars, ArborBrook Vineyards, Folin
Cellars and Piluso Vineyard & Winery), Panther Creek Cellars, R. Stuart & Co., Ransom Wine Co., Sol et
Soleil Cellars, Stevenson-BArrie, Stone Wolf Vineyards, Westrey Wine Co., WineWorks Oregon (custom crush
labels including Bernard-Machado, Carlton Hill Wine Co., Robinson Reserve, Walnut City Wineworks, and
Z’IVO Wines), Yamhill Valley Vineyards, and Youngberg Hill Vineyard & Inn. McMinnville was first established
in 1843 when William T. Newby arrived in Oregon by wagon train from McMinnville, Tennessee.
Melon Makes a Tiny Foothold in Oregon Melon de Bourgogne, labeled
Muscadet in Europe, is an offspring of Pinot Noir, a result of the cross between
Pinot Blanc (with which it is often confused) and Gouias Blanc. Most of France’s
Muscadet comes from the area around the city of Nantes on the Loire River in
proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Muscadet is a classic match for shellfish and is
known for its bright lemon crispness. Several Oregon producers are playing with
the varietal including Biggio Hamina Cellars, DePonte Cellars, Chateau Lorane,
Elemental Cellars, and Panther Creek Cellars.
Domaine Serene’s Monogram Most Expensive Pinot Noir Monogram is a special limited
bottling of Pinot Noir from Domaine Serene’s cellars that represents a few special barrels from
select vintages that have the character, concentration and age ability to stand out. The 2005
Monogram has just been released with a winery price of $225 per bottle, the highest release
price for a domestic Pinot Noir that I can recall. The 2003 vintage (there was no 2004 vintage)
sold out in just over a week. Only 200 six-bottle cases are produced. Members of the mailing list
were offered the wine initially and the wine may be sold out as I write this. The wine even has its
own website at www.monogramwine.com. Contact Amber Sagnotti at 866-864-6555.
Oregon Wine Press This monthly newspaper will keep you informed on the happenings in Oregon’s wine
regions. Features include profiles of new and established wineries and winemakers, general wine news, foods
and restaurants of Oregon with recipes, and an extensive calender of wine related events throughout Oregon.
A yearly subscription is $20, postage included. Mail your order to Oregon Wine Press at PO Box 727,
McMinnville, OR 97128.