Willamette Valley Wines – Carabella

Willamette Valley Wines Tour – Kickoff We’re starting our Willamette Valley virtual tour by trying some moderately priced ($30-45 generally) estate wines from different sub-AVA’s within Willamette Valley.  For this first look, we’ll concentrate mostly on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  First up: Chehalem Mountains AVA and Carabella. (click on any image to see in a … Continue reading

Willamette Valley Wines – Be Careful What You Wish For!

Would You Like to Review Some Willamette Valley Wines? This spring, I received an email from Willamette Valley Wineries Association inquiring whether I would be interested in sampling some wines. I’m a big fan of Oregon wines in general so of course I agreed, anticipating 3-4 bottles of wine.  I posted a video with the … Continue reading

Need Your Help Today – Wine Tariffs

I’m asking for your help today to enter consumer feedback to the US Trade Representative on the impact of wine tariffs on US businesses and customers.  Current feedback closes on July 26.  It only takes a few minutes! Tariffs Kill American Businesses and US Customers Pay Late last year, the US enacted tariffs on a … Continue reading

Banyuls Pet-Nat with Treats à La Buvette #Winophiles

French Winophiles Detectives Search for Roussillon Our French Winophiles group had a fun assignment this month: Search out a white wine from Roussillon.  We’re well familiar with the larger Languedoc-Roussillon region and it seemed easy at first. We found out that white wines from Roussillon are not so easy to find in the US! However, … Continue reading

Cabin Pairings for Moldovan Wines #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Meets Wines of Moldova July brings our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group to a virtual trip to Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe. Moldova is working to raise awareness of the country as a wine region and a wine tourism destination. After attending a press trip to Moldova last summer, I … Continue reading

Moldova Wine and Food Preview #WinePW

Celebrate Wines of Moldova with the Wine Pairing Weekend Group On a press trip to Moldova last summer, I could only think how much our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group would enjoy visiting Moldova for the food, wine and the culture! After returning to the US, I contacted our friends at Wine of Moldova about … Continue reading

A Moldova Phoenix Story – Castel Mimi

In 1893, Constantin Mimi founded his Castel Mimi winery and vineyards near the village of Bulboaca in what is today Moldova. He completed his viticulture and oenology studies in Montpellier, France. By the early 1900’s his wines were recognized internationally and especially loved in the Russian Empire. Turbulent 20th century in Moldova As a small … Continue reading

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