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[el´ vazh] n. m. The education of wine. A blog. Part of Vincent Wine Company, Portland, OR

Readers, if you're interested in getting on my mailing list for Vincent Wine Company wines, do so now to make sure you get in on the first offer I'm doing this month on upcoming 2013 vintage wines.The new wines go into bottle in September and will be released and shipped in the fall, once weather has c

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Exciting things are happening in California wine. But I'm not talking about Napa and cabernet, or Somona and pinot. Not even central coast and syrah and other Rhone varieties, as well suited as these varieties are in their respective regions.What's truly exciting in my native state are wines from varieties long

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It's Father's Day in the US, a day to reflect on being a da

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I haven't posted in quite a while but this wine is so g

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Something I love about wine is its longevity. Perhaps I jus

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I've been thinking about this post for quite a while, moreso this past week while I'm away from Portland and my wines. As a winemaker, there's so much work to do throughout the year. Working with growers, visiting the vineyards to monitor the growing season, making the wine of course each fall, and

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After far too long a delay, I just finished reading Ray Walker's The Road to Burgundy. Why the delay? Reasons reasonable and not, none to do with the book. Well, mostly. Let's start by being clear - this tale is a fun read for armchair wine geek travelers and non-geek dreamers alike. It's not

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The holidays are for celebrating and t

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If there's tradition here on this blog, it starts with holding free tastings of my wine and inviting any readers and companions to come sample. Back in my home wine days, I would literally open the garage door and invite the world in to taste. It was a great way to meet readers of the site and get more and more feedback on

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It's taken longer than I'd hoped to sit down to recount this past harvest, which for me wrapped up last Saturday, October 12. In a normal year, that would be early to be done bringing in grapes. To be completely finished with harvest, with all the new wine in barrel or tank, by October 12? That's crazy.Suc

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What a crazy grape harvest 2013 is turning out to be in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. The short story? Harvest began last week under sunny late summer skies, then picking shut down for days as rain fell intermittently throughout this past week, more picking resumed in the last couple of dryish days, again picking has

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I'm a talker a

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I had the pleasure of tasting through a line up of red and white wines from Corsican producer Antoine Arena last night at Storyteller Wine Company in Portland.As readers and Twitter followers may have noticed, I'm a little obsessed with Corsica, declaring this the Summer of Corsica. Ok, that moniker hasn't actua

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I fell in love with Corsica at first sight. Maybe it was something to do with leaving London on a grey, sleety February morning and arriving in Ajaccio to find spring sunshine, a blue sky and flowering almond and mimosa trees. It was irresistible and I was enchanted.Um, I know that feeling. D

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After the lovely early morning stop at Armstrong, it was on south to the west side of the Eola-Amity Hills growing region to Crowley Station Vineyard, the first of three sits I work with in this excellent sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley.Crowley Station is nicely situated vineyard on a southwest slope, fairly ex

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Two Sundays ago, June 9, I drove to all four of the Pinot Noir vineyards I work with in the northern Willamette Valley. My goal was to assess the progress of the growing season, and ideally to see some flowering in the vines.Sure enough, I saw a ton of grape flowers - more in the warmer, earlier sites, but flowe

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I'm terrible a

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PDX Urban Wineries, the association of Portland-based wineries, is holding our 3rd annual PDX Urban Wine Experience tasting on June 9, 4-7pm at Refuge PDX in inner SE Portland. All association member wineries will be pouring, including Vincent Wine Company. Most producers will have new releases that you haven

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Just a short post to let you know that we're doing a wine tasting and casual BBQ at the Southeast Wine Collective in Portland this Saturday, May 25, 4-7pm. The address is 2425 SE 35th Place in Portland, at SE Division.I'll be there pouring my Vincent Win

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I'm just going to say what no one seems willing to admit. 2011 is going to go down as one of the greatest vintages for Oregon wine in history. A brief history, true, but the point is the same. And apparently controversial.I think I can finally say this with a straight face because I have most of my 2011 wines so

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How about an update on how Vincent Wine Company wine sales are going? Not sure if anyone's too interested, but I once asked and some readers suggested yes, they wanted to hear about it here and there. And after all the detail of making wine in my garage and then transitioning to commercial production, vineyard visits, bottl

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I tweeted earlier today about an interesting experience last night.I went over to the home of one of my growers to deliver some wine and a check toward grapes purchased last fall - it's not unusual to be paying for grapes from one harvest for many months forward (though I really want to finish things out for 201

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Sherry is all the rage these days with wine hipsters. It's a funny thing though - so much Sherry is essentially industrially made wine with huge bodegas cranking out oceans of wine, much of it only decent. Hardly the set up you'd think the hipster crowd would gravitate towards.In the US, most Sherry that you can

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Epistolary wine

There are many stories about how I came to make wine. Sometimes I'm not sure which ones are real and which are fiction, not in a lie sense but perhaps wishful thinking. The epiphany bottle. The childhood memory scent of a barrel cellar. The book of tasting notes I've kept all this time. They all happened but maybe they were

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Just a quick note tonight to remember my

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Some of you may remember that, in addition to making wine as

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