Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Spirited Mix of Oregon and Burgundy

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On a recent trip to the Willamette Valley, the first visit I scheduled was Domaine Nicolas-Jay. I was initially interested in tasting at Nicolas-Jay because I had heard wonderful things about the quality of the wines, but as a young winery, I haven’t seen many bottles on this side of the U.S. The winery is … Continue reading Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Spirited Mix of Oregon and Burgundy

Tasting Note: 2015 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Raschen Ridge

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Sometimes, you just have to be honest that a wine doesn't live up to its price tag. It's always especially deflating to remember how much one shelled out at a winery's tasting room in fees, plus the cost of the wine that you purchased during the visit. To a large degree, I feel that way … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Raschen Ridge

The Not-So Lesser Wines of Great Winemakers

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The world’s best wineries and winemakers often make several different cuvees, and more often than not, produce different wines using different grapes from their top bottlings. Sometimes we are lucky enough that those winemakers also produce wines from the same varietals as their top cuvees, but at a more wallet-friendly price point. There are also … Continue reading The Not-So Lesser Wines of Great Winemakers