As some of you may know, I am out in Oregon this week on a press trip. For some crazy reason, I thought I would be able to write and at least publish a few of the articles that have been waiting for a while in the queue.
The week thus far has been jam-packed with events that have kept us busy (and tasting) from sun-up well into the evening. I hope to be back at the keyboard next week catching up on a few dozen articles.
With the risk of going the rest of the week without publishing anything, I decided to throw a few photographs out there from our first few days in the Southern part of the state.
We started just a few miles north of the California border in Ashland with Michael Donovan of Irvine Vineyards giving us an overview of the Southern Oregon, and serving a few tasty wines from the Rogue Valley.
We continued with a bit of stellar Pinot from Weisinger Family Winery.
Southern Oregon is a stunning contrast between the arid, pine dotted hills and the lush vineyards.
Lacking my bike, I have resorted to running, here crossing the Rogue River in Grant’s Pass.
We have been eating well, including fresh pizza at Dancin Vineyards.
Oregon is not only Pinot! Pat Spangler, for instance, makes one of the better Bordeaux Blends I have had in a while.
Abacela Winery produces at least a dozen different Iberian varietal wines, and the property is stunning.
Steve Hall, of Troon Vineyard in Grant’s Pass, brought up a couple of bottles of his Tannat and Malbec/Tannat blend that were simply stellar.
Before we left Southern Oregon for the Willamette Valley, we had dinner with a few more winemakers including Herb Quady of Quady North.