Wine to be Thankful with & J. Wrigley Oregon Tasting
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Wine of the Week

Chateau Val-Joanis 2016 

Luberon, Rhone Valley France

$14.99, $13.49 for Wine Club Members or by the case.

This smashing example from the top estate in the Cotes du Luberon was bottled unfined and unfiltered at the request of the American importer. The result is a wine with a huge, spicy, black-cherry-scented nose, full-bodied, super-concentrated, supple flavors, and a long, ripe, concentrated finish. It reminds me of a top notch Village Cru producer. This terrific wine should drink well for at least 5 years.  This is the land of Grenache, but this example is mostly all Syrah.

Located in the Luberon, east of Avignon and north of Aix-en-Provence, Val Joanis Castle is on the site of an ancient Roman villa. Bought in 1977 by Jean-Louis Chancel, this area of 400 acres of vineyards is now owned by Leonard Roozen.

On a side note, the property is home to amazing gardens. In 2005, the gardens were labeled Remarkable Gardens by the Ministry of Culture and elected Garden of the Year 2008 by the Association of Journalists of Garden and Horticulture.

J. Wrigley Vineyard Tasting

With Special Guest- Jody Wrigley

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Saturday, November 17th. 2-4 pm. No fee Tasting

We are so glad that Jody Wrigley makes our shop one of her annual stops while on tour. She'll bring a nice sampling of the new releases and the stories that come with them. You'll taste the goodness that can come from prime vineyard land in the McMinnville AVA. The winery is located in the McMinnville AVA.  In 2006 the family purchased 200 acres of prime vineyard land and rolled out their first release in 2010. 

The Line Up
2017 Pinot Gris
2017 Chardonnay
 2016 Pinot Noir Mac Cuvee
2016 Pinot Noir Estate
2014 Pinot Noir Proposal Block


Thanksgiving Week

This is the biggest single day for wine all year long. 
 At your table you will have people who don't regularly enjoy a glass of wine such as a grandparent or young adults and considering their taste is just as important as any seasoned drinker's.  They might want something a little sweeter or something substantially bolder in flavor. 
You also have food pairings to think about that reach far beyond a basic turkey. You are balancing rich and fatty, savory and sweet elements. This gets tricky. Let us help you.  
Jot down your menu ideas, go through your guest list and bring them in with you if you're feeling unsure. When making your final decisions, consider the following: amount of guests, their individual tastes, how long they will be staying with you and your budget. We can do the math for you.
Consider coming in early and avoid major decision making during crowded tasting hours to allow for the best personal experience.

Thanksgiving week hours

Sunday 12-5 pm.
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10-6 pm.
Thanksgiving Day 10-3 pm.
Friday & Saturday 10-6 pm.


The Short List

There is framework that the wine world uses when pairing foods with wine.
It is much more important to enjoy the wine than to fit someone else's guidelines. 
We provide a very short list of wines that we feel compliment this holiday.
By no means is this the only list of wines we are recommending.
You can't really go wrong when you are true to your tastes. 

Festive Openers
Marques d la Concordia 2013 Brut Rose Cava $15.99
Bisol nv Brut Proseco "Jeio" $15.99
Caves du Prieure nv Brut Cremant de Bourgogne $21.99

For the meal
La Bastide Blanche 2017 Bandol Rose, Provence $22.99
Jones 2016 Riesling, Columbia Valley $9.99
Shooting Star 2015 Aligote, Washington $9.99
Illahe Vineyards 2017 Pinot Gris, Willamette $15.99
Forgeron 2016 Facon Blanc-Viognier, Roussanne, & Grenache Blanc
Columbia Valley $19.99

Cantina di Sorbara nv Lambrusco "Il Duomo", Emilia Romagna $9.99
Cantine Povero2017 Barbera d' Asti, Piedmont $9.99
Block Nine 2017 Pinot Noir, California $14.99
Illahe 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette $19.99
Chateau Val Joanis 2016 Luberon, Rhone Valley $14.99
Jean-Michel Dupre 2017 Beaujolais Village $14.99
Bulliat 2017 Morgon, Beaujolais $21.99
Le Clos du Caillou 2015 Cotes du Rhone $21.99
G.D. Vajra 2016 Barbera d' Alba, Piedmont $19.99
City Limits 2016 Zinfandel, Washington $17.99
Turley 2016 Zinfandel Juvenile, California $29.99

The finisher
Vietti 2017 Moscato d'Asti, Piedmont $14.99


How to let a wine breathe, and when.

Don't fall for the old myth that simply removing the cork will make a difference.  Letting an open bottle stand for a little while isn't going to make the big change you're looking for.
A wine generally needs 60 minutes to aerate properly.
Go easy with an older vintage: you could kill it by aerating too much.
Unless the wine is fully decanted, just opening it early and leaving the bottle to stand will have little to no effect.
This is because not enough of the wine has come into contact with the air, if it’s still in the bottle.
This is also why a bottle of wine can generally stay fresh for a couple of days after opening



Upcoming Tastings

All tastings have no fees!

New Arrivals Tasting
"Wine of the Week"
EVERY Friday

3-6 pm.

J Wrigley Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Meet the owner 

Saturday, November 17th 
2-4 pm.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday
G.D.Vajra Tasting,
Piedmont Italy

Saturday, November 24th
 2-4 pm.

Ted Seifert (

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