May is Oregon Wine Month!
Oregon is highly regarded as a world-class wine region which now has 21 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), with the recent addition of two appellations - Laurelwood District and Tualatin Hills. Not a bad feat for a growing area that wasn't even recognized until 1965.
The majority of Oregon's AVAs are in the Willamette Valley, which should be a tasting destination for every wine enthusiast. It is a breath-taking area that does not have the glitz of Napa. The natural beauty of the Cascade, Oregon, and Calapooya mountain ranges, lush valleys, and shimmering waterfalls is the perfect back drop for sipping a glass of the region's unique Pinot Noir on your favorite winery's patio.
Oregon is not just about Pinot Noir anymore, though. While it's still the most-planted varietal in the state, there are hearty Cabs, Syrahs, and Merlots coming out of the Walla Walla Valley; spicy, complex Syrahs and Bordeaux style blends from the Rogue Valley; and zippy, refreshing Pinot Gris from throughout the state.
May is officially Oregon Wine Month and we tip our hats to all the hardworking wine makers who have led this erstwhile Lake Missoula flooded area to compete with the likes of their 45th latitude neighbor, Burgundy, France.
To celebrate, stop into Buy-Rite and pick up a bottle of each of Sammy’s favorite Willamette Valley Pinots. The Pinot Gris is perfect for end-of-the-day sipping on the patio and the Pinot Noir pairs well with roasted chicken, ham, pork and salmon. Enjoy it with your BBQ's over the Memorial Day weekend!
2019 Panther Creek Pinot Gris, Winemaker’s Notes – “Our Pinot Gris is refreshing and crisp in style. Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, and bright green apple fill the glass and the lively acidity rounds out the palate. On the finish there is a hint of ripe peach and yellow pear with a touch of minerality. A classic representation of Oregon Pinot Gris, enjoy on its own or with light salads, seafood, and pasta. Only 800 cases produced."
2019 Cloudline Pinot Noir, Winemaker’s Notes – “The 2019 Cloudline color is a bright garnet that deepens at its core, with a medium body, bright acidity, and excellent balance. Aromatics include red cherries, cranberry, a touch of vanilla, and various dark fruits. Tannins are soft, and the finish is pleasing and complete."