VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
A Hood River winery that sits on a ridge above the Columbia Gorge in the Columbia Gorge AVA. The winery has captured many rave reviews, including Wine Press Northwest's 2007 Oregon Winery of the Year. Founded as the second winery in Hood River in 1985, and known originally as Flerchinger Vineyards, the winery was acquired by winemaker Robb Bell in 2003.
Bell invited fourth-generation Californian winemaker Michael Sebastiani to join the team along with Lonnie Wright of The Pines Vineyard and Winery as the winery's grape specialist. Sebastiani was born and raised in Sonoma Valley and began working summers in the vineyards at the age of ten. He completed his winemaking degree at UC Davis and started his career at the family business, Viansa, building their Italian varietal program. He later founded Generations of Sonoma Winery and soon after became the winemaker for Cathedral Ridge Winery.
A Pinot Noir is produced from the Bangsund Vineyard in The Dalles, Oregon and Huber Vineyard in Underwood Mountain, Washington.
The wines are sold on the website. A tasting room is open daily from 11:00 to 6:00 at 4200 Post Canyon Dr.. Named one of the best spots for picnics by Wine Press Northwest. Multiple special tasting options including a tour are available by appointment. The winery's blog is very informative, offering multiple recipes.
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