The Road to Great Value Runs Through Gaston, Oregon

The Road to Great Value Runs Through Gaston, Oregon

I first visited the Elk Cove winery in 2009 as part of the Pinot Camp training that was sponsored by prominent Willamette Valley wine producers. The Campbell Family have a beautiful spot in rural Gaston, Oregon. At that time, they were busy growing and implementing...

Finding Water In a Dry Lanscape

If Water is Life, Wine is Living The first time I visited Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Cold Creek Vineyard, I thought the Sonora Dessert looked more hospitable. The view for 180 degrees was brown dirt and scrub brush, but turn around and beautiful, green vines climbed up...

Oktoberfest

September means that Oktoberfest beers have been flooding stores for weeks. For pessimists, this signifies the end of Summer. For optimists, this hints at the beginning of the wonderful Fall. For many, this is very confusing, as they associate Oktoberfest beers with...

Montoya, Good to know Ya!

Back to school time is a great time for some big value wines. There’s a touch of Fall in the air I’m looking to get a nice wine for less than $15. Welcome Montoya Vineyards! Here is a Monterey Valley producer who is really making nice varietal wines at terrific...

From the Pacific Flyway : Decoy

For many millennia, over a billion migratory birds a year travel the Pacific Flyway from Alaska to Central America. This includes many species of ducks, geese and swans. I’m sure this was the inspiration for the Duckhorn winery when in 1985, they created the first...
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