Under the Radar: Analemma Wines

The Columbia Gorge AVA was granted AVA status in 2004, but it still seems to be an “under the radar” vineyard area.  The AVA includes land close to the Columbia River right at the spine of the Cascade mountains, including vineyards in both Oregon and Washington. Even within the Columbia Gorge AVA, Analemma is a … Continue reading

Idiot’s Grace Vineyard Walk

Last week (May 15), I had the opportunity to take a walk in the Idiot’s Grace Vineyard in Mosier, OR.  Memaloose Wines has two properties: Mistral Ranch and Idiot’s Grace.  All their wines come from one of these two estate vineyards,  both located in the tiny Columbia Gorge AVA.  I love the opportunity to see … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Walla Walla – Gramercy Cellars

This was our second visit to Gramercy Cellars and they hold a special place in our heart.  Last year, when our son turned twenty-one in Walla Walla, we called Gramercy and had their L’idiot du Village (modeled after a Cotes du Rhone) delivered to Peter.  Funny…he hasn’t had it yet as he’s saving it for … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Columbia Gorge AVA – Domaine Pouillon

Lyle, WA has a group of four interesting wineries.  One we hadn’t yet explored was Domaine Pouillon.  Even though the fall harvest and crush season is busy, Alexis and Juliet Pouillon graciously hosted us for a very nice visit.  The winery consists of a small shed attached to a larger barn.  Juliet explained the small … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Columbia Gorge AVA – Memaloose

Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge have a soft spot in my heart.  The Columbia Gorge is a world class venue for windsurfing and kiteboarding; I’ve been here many times windsurfing with a group of friends.  This time, however, Hood River was our stopover for a couple days to learn more about Memaloose and … Continue reading

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