Domaine Pierre Gonon: 2017 Vintage Report

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Last September, I visited Domaine Pierre Gonon as part of a trip through the Rhone Valley. The Gonon brothers are not flashy or hubristic, despite their acclaim. Throughout the visit, Jean made clear that their aim is to make honest, traditional wine. In fact, the first few steps into the winery, your eyes are drawn … Continue reading Domaine Pierre Gonon: 2017 Vintage Report

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

Some Ugly Truths About Wine Travel

I have been fortunate enough to visit a number of wine regions in the U.S. and Europe. Those experiences were incredibly instructive and memorable, but there have been instances where I have left a winery or a region and felt disappointed. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is far more the exception than a rule … Continue reading Some Ugly Truths About Wine Travel