Friday, June 26, 2015

Northwest Wines: A few 2014 Northwest rosés to tuck in your fridge

BY Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue

Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

One of our simple rules of wine enjoyment: Hot weather calls for chilled rosés.

For the past three months, we’ve seen a number of 2014 rosés being released throughout the Pacific Northwest, and they are proving to be a harbinger of what is to come when we begin seeing 2014 reds a year from now.

With school out and temperatures rising, the next couple of months are perfect for enjoying a delicious and dry rosé from the Pacific Northwest. Keep two or three bottles in your fridge at all times just to be ready for an impromptu meal on the back deck.

Dry rosés are all the rage in the Northwest right now, and most are priced at $20 or less. They tend to pair beautifully with a wide range of cuisines, from seafood to spicy Asian dishes to grilled chicken to egg salad sandwiches.

Here are a few dry rosés we’ve tasted in the past couple of months that are well worth seeking at your favorite wine merchant or directly from the wineries.

Abacela 2014 Estate Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $18: Year after year, this Southern Oregon winery produces one of the West Coast’s most brilliant expressions of rosé and has helped promote the use of this Rhône variety as a pink in the process. Aromas of Rainier cherry, red currant, raspberry and strawberry taffy are backed by lime zest. The drink is bright, tasty, dry and rather delicate with flavors of white peach, pink strawberry and kiwi fruit.

Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue run Great Northwest Wine, an award-winning news and information company. Learn more about wine at greatnorthwestwine.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Jonese earn Lifetime Achievement Award

Earl and Hilda Jones were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Wine Board at this year's Oregon Wine Symposium. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates people whose work has been pioneering and spans not only a personal lifetime but the lifetime of the Oregon wine industry. Earl and Hilda Jones have had a profound impact on the course of Oregon wine, in part by being the first to grow and vinify Tempranillo in the Northwest and also for being important international ambassadors for Oregon wine.

For more than 20 years, Earl and Hilda have pursued a singular passion to produce fine wine from a grape variety that was little-known in North America before they brought it to acclaim. As ardent admirers of the great Spanish Tempranillo grape, they spent years researching climate data to find a place in North America that approximated the climate of the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain, to which Tempranillo is native. They found their place in the Umpqua Valley AVA where they created Abacela (named after an ancient Spanish verb meaning “to plant a grape vine”). In 1995, they planted the first Tempranillo vines in the Pacific Northwest, and released their first vintage in 1997. Since then, thanks both to their tireless efforts and to the globally-acknowledged quality of their wines, Tempranillo has become a major category of American wine, thereby dramatically altering the course of Oregon wine history and adding to its arsenal of acclaimed wines.

Read the full press release.