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
Sweet Cheeks Winery
The vineyard, located in the southern Willamette Valley, consists of 65 acres planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. For 30 years, grapes were sold to other wineries, but in 2005 Smith decided to make his own wine and founded the Sweet Cheeks Winery.
The founder, Dan Smith, was sitting on a porch overlooking the vineyard that he and a colleague were planning to plant when he noticed the land had a curious double swell. The name "Sweet Cheeks" came to him and the name stuck.
Along with Pinot Noir, a "Pinot Fusion" wine is offered composed of 61% Pinot Noir, 21% Syrah and 18% Merlot. The wines are inexpensive and sold on the website.
The tasting room is housed in a 50-year-old building originally built in Junction City but transported by Smith to its current hilltop spot overlooking the vineyards and Crow Valley below. It is open daily at 27007 Briggs Hill Rd in Eugene, OR. The winery offers picnic grounds, live music, weddings and corporate events.
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