Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s hard to live in Oregon without gaining an appreciation for wine, especially Burgundian varietals like Pinot Noir & Chardonnay so prevalent in the Willamette Valley AVA.
The Willamette Valley AVA is further sub-divided into the following sub-appellations:
- Chehalem Mountains AVA
- Dundee Hills AVA
- Eola-Amity Hills AVA
- McMinnville AVA
- Ribbon Ridge AVA
- Van Duzer Corridor AVA (new)
- Yamhill-Carlton District AVA
As I’ve learned more about wine, the following resources have been especially helpful.
- Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield College
- Everyvine website
- GuildSomm podcast
- Sensory Evaluation of Wine, offered by Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education
- The Prince of Pinot website
- The Wine Bible, by Karen MacNeil (she also distributes a weekly newsletter via email called WineSpeed)
- Vivino iOS app (described here in more detail)
Tasting at Home
Winery membership typically offers early access to new releases, free tastings, discounted pricing, and social events. My wife & I are currently members of the following: