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Mahoney Vineyards, Pinot Noir “Las Brisas Vineyard”, Carneros 2006

By: John Michael  A lovely array of bright cherry, prune, smoke and green tea with a full, smooth mouth feel. Ends a tad on the hot side which kind of kills the finish, but still one of the best Carneros pinots I have tasted in years which gives me hope for the AVA. 15 months in French oak cooperage.

price: $28.00
drink: 2010 to 2012


Affordable Gourmet Flights at Uptown Billiards

By: Valerie Brockbank  I am a member of a dining club organized by a group of women friends. It is our goal to try all the best restaurants in Portland on a monthly basis. The food we are encountering is so good that we have been upping that to once every two weeks, with some repeats in between.

Good or even great doesn’t have to make us poor. In fact, the invention of happy hour gourmet fare has made this endeavor down-right affordable. Read More


The International Food Bloggers Conference

Sweet Pea Agnolotti Off the Vine Magazine visited Seattle, Washington for the first annual International Food Bloggers Conference focused on food, writing, and technology. Major sponsors included Sur la Table and foodista. The event sold out quickly, and brought together a diverse group of bloggers, food writers and cookbook authors from around the country. Read more


2006 Donkey & Goat Vieilles Vignes Syrah - Mendocino

Another interesting wine from A Donkey and Goat winery in Berkeley, California, this blend of a Syrah field blend and Syrah is sourced from 60- to 90-year-old vines at the McDowell Valley Vineyard and Perli Vineyards in Mendocino County. The wine is very dark and quite expressive—plum, blackberry and blueberry flavors along with a mix of graphite, leather and field herbs. The fruit and the many earthy notes are balanced by a juicy acidity. Quite silky and rich. Aged 20 months in 1- to 3-year-old French oak. 245 cases produced.

price: $37.00
drink: 2009 through 2012


2005 Bonny Doon Vineyard Syrah - Le Pousseur - Central Coast

A juicy and rich Rhône-style blend of 96% Syrah, lifted by a bit of Grenache. Earthy aromas of game, dark fruit and spice. Flavors open up with some air… blackberry, white pepper and hints of violet pastille and licorice candy. Some soft tannins and nice minerality through the finish. An OTV value pick and wine of the week. Best if decanted one hour prior to serving. This wine will pair well with grilled quail, lamb or a nice dry rubbed tri-tip. 6500 case production.

price: $18.00
drink: 2009 through 2011


Weekend Getaway to Quadra Island

By: Hans Peter Meyer  Quadra Island is my favourite of the many islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland. I had the pleasure of enjoying the Island with a dear friend of mine. Chief among the many pleasures was time spent at Heriot Bay Inn, and especially at the relatively new Heron’s dining room.

Heriot Bay Inn is an historic property on the east side of Quadra Island. It overlooks a small harbour full of sailboats, fishing boats, and the ferry slip connecting to Cortez Island. The original building is about 100 years old and speaks to a time when this part of the coast was alive with hand-logging operations, numerous small logging and fish processing camps, as well as many hamlets and isolated pioneer settlements. Read More


2006 Betts & Scholl Lewis Syrah - Napa, Ca

This second vintage of Cali Syrah, produced by Master Somm Richard Betts and wine lover and art collector Dennis Scholl in collaboration with Lewis Cellars, is more open and accessible than the 2005. The wine has loads of wonderful fruit framed by dark fruit, earth, smoke, black currants, sage and other field herbs, and tells a story as it opens up over an hour or more in the glass. It really speaks of extracted ripe fruit and oak in a delicious manner. The wine is made for the cellar and should really improve over time. Tiny production, oak cooperage. The label was created by So Cal artist Raymond Pettibon.

price: $79.00
drink: 2009 through 2018

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