An evening with Björnson Vineyards Winemaker Pattie Björnson This Wednesday, November 13, 6:30-8 pm, $20 free for wine club members
We have the pleasure to hang out with Pattie Bjornson and we’ll learn about their story, passion and vision for what drives them to farm and create award-winning wines.
Meet Pattie Björnson Pattie and Mark met at the University of Minnesota in 1985. They married, raised four children, and worked in the Twin Cities until Mark was able to move his job to Oregon in 2005. Their plan was to spend weekends driving the countryside in search of their dream – a vineyard site with forests and streams. Within months, they purchased a scenic 107-acre farm in the Eola-Amity Hills and set to work. Since then, they have cleared and planted a 28-acre vineyard, built a winery, and produced award-winning wines. Their progress was made possible by taking viticulture and winemaking classes at Chemeketa Community College. Pattie also interned at Bethel Heights Winery, learning from Ben Casteel.
Featured wines: 2017 Estate Pinot Noir, 2017 Estate Chardonnay, 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir and 2015 Isabel Pinot Noir
Seated & guided tasting. Reservations Required. TicketsHere Members RSVPHere
Fall Harvest Tasting Event This Saturday, November 16, 3-5 pm, $20 free for wine club members
There is certainly something about actual changing seasons that only people in places like the midwest understand. Places where it may rain all summer and snow early in fall but the quality of friends and family bond us together in ways other folks just wouldn’t understand. So join us for our Fall Harvest tasting to celebrate this year’s incredible gifts with wines that ground you. Settle-the-soul types of wine. Wow, check out this list of the featured wines below.
Domaine des Blaïs Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2017 Blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle & Syrah. Delicate in color, much like old-fashioned pink roses, the 2017 Domaine des Blaïs Rosé enchants the eye as well as the nose and palate. Delicate scents of cherry blossom, rose petal, and apricot delight the nose and seep surreptitiously into the wine’s sensual core. This is a dry, scented, savory rosé whose delicacy and evanescence render it unabashedly attractive.
Corvidae Yakima Valley Riesling Ravenna, 2018 Bright, refreshing and vibrant, this off-dry Riesling exudes mouthwatering acidity with key-lime pie, honeysuckle and apricot notes. The crisp mouthfeel is a perfect accompaniment to fall, pairing beautifully with roasted turnip and butternut squash or a firm white fish with perfectly glazed carrots.
Domaine Emile Beyer Alsace Pinot Noir Tradition, 2017 The Beyer Alsace Pinot Noir has acquired popularity for its charming aromatics, bright cool-climate acidity and deep berry flavor: Morello cherries and raspberries with a hint of earth; lively and refreshing. The firm of Emile Beyer is under the guidance of Christian Beyer, who represents the 14th generation of the Beyer Family of wine growers. Alsace, France
Domaine des Chers Saint-Amour Vieilles Vignes, 2018 100% Gamay. from the northernmost Beaujolais cru, this wine is bold, ripe and fruity. Its tannins and acidity promise good aging and the chance to enhance the fragrant red-cherry fruitiness. Beaujolais, France
Nicolas Barreyre Bordeaux Supérieur A small, 9-hectare property with a view of the Garonne and the nearby port of Macau, Château Barreyre actually lies within the Haut Médoc. It is in fact quite close to the border of the Margaux appellation.80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright nose of red and dark fruits; soft, well-rounded texture on the palate with a touch of Bordeaux “grip.” Fresh and satisfying finish. Outstanding value in an everyday Bordeaux.
Owen Roe Sinister Hand Columbia Valley, 2017 This young Grenache blend (56% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 4% Cinsault) heavy blend erupts with perfumed aromas of bright raspberry and herbal tea while the Mourvèdre brings a savory note to the nose. The palate is plush and textural with the perfect amount of tannins, acidity, and an upbeat, bright, fruity finish that brings this wine together.
Maysara Arsheen Pinot Blanc, 2017 A slightly richer style of the Pinot Blanc grape, tending towards ripe fruit notes of apricot and even lychee. The floral scents in the nose are honeysuckle alight on a cool breeze. The upright acidity beckon you back again, with ample minerality on the dry, clean finish. Stellar with the firmer cheeses, fresh, ripe fruit and subtly herbed seafood. “Melon, white flowers and pepper. Oily on the palate with a sweet and bitter character. Drink now.” – James Suckling
Tendril Wine Cellars Child’s Play Pinot/Chardonnay, 2016 In the nose, this wine displays aromas of quince, Bosc pear, white peach, wet stone, citrus flower, and honeydew melon. The palate is fresh and juicy, showing flavors of Galia melon, margarita mix, fresh strawberry, with lingering hints of wet stone. Willamette Valley
Denison Cellars Pinot Noir, 2015Fruit for the 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was sourced from four different vineyards. In addition to Kiff Vineyard and Johnson Ridge Vineyard, they sourced fruit from Noel Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains and Cassin Vineyard in the Yamhill Carlton AVA. The resulting wine displays aromas of ripe Italian plums, cherry, and raspberry. With a hint of spice and chocolate, it is mouth-filling, with velvety tannins.
Maysara Jamsheed Pinot Noir, 2012 91 Points Wine Spectator: “Soft and generous, offering dark berry, cherry, floral and roasted meat flavors, finishing with hints of fresh spices and lightly grippy tannins. Drink now through 2022. 4,011 cases made.”
Involuntary Commitment by Andrew Will Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, 2016 This neutral French oak-aged blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is a side project from the folks at Andrew Will. Its aromas draw you into the glass, evoking savory herbs, cherry, tangerine peel, fresh tobacco, green pepper and black olive.
Vigin ‘Primadonna’ Moscato d’Asti DOCG Sweet and gently sparkling with delicate aromas of honey, flowers and fresh grapes. On the palate the wine reveals further aromatic apricot, stone fruit, grape notes and a soft mousse. Delightful refreshing acidity on the finish to balance the sweetness.