WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

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Monday, July 25, 2005


Persistence pays

When in two posts (first here and then here) I was overly critical of Oregon Pinot Noir Brian B was gracious enough not to completely dismiss my complaints but to gently nudge me to try again. So, as they say, the third time was bound to be the charm.

Again, with my father-in-law, in our quest to find local wine to be proud of, we decided to visit another three wineries around Forest Grove: Tualatin Estate Vineyards, David Hill Vineyard & Winery, and Shafer Vineyard Cellars.

The trip started very well. Although out first stop at Tualatin Estate didn't change our minds about Pinot Noir, we were pleasantly surprised that the wine tasting was free. And I think it's also good for business. At Montinore, we had to pay $6 per person and because we were rather unimpressed by the whole experience we'll not be going back any time soon. On the other hand, we felt like we saved $12 just for walking in to the tasting room so we walked away with a bottle of wine and are more predisposed to come back even if we didn't quite found what we looked for.

We did find an excellent desert wine (2001 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer) and a decent Chardonnay (2000 Estate Chardonnay) but our quest had to go on.

At David Hill wine tasting was also free. We tasted several good wines. I still can't get over 2000 Muscat Port.

But one wine was of special interest to us. Farmhouse Red mixes Oregon Pinot Noir with some Californian Cabernet. This makes the wine less expensive and, more importantly, more drinkable.

At $9 this was a huge find.

Our last stop, however, turned out to be the winner.

The sign was not promising. Wine and Christmas ornaments. It sounded amateurish. But we were already there.

Again, tasting was free. This time, instead of selecting wines ourselves, we asked for what the house thought was its best wines. We started with 2002 Pinot Noir that was decidedly too young. We then moved on to the 2000 vintage. It was much better. Then, the miracle happened. We were served the 1999 vintage and almost in unison cried "Eureka!"

Shafer's 1999 Pinot Noir at $16 will be featured on my table whenever good friends come to visit. I will not be embarrassed.

Wine and Christmas. Now, I think it make sense.

Thanks for the kind words.

Ironically enough, I've never tried Shaeffer's Pinot Noir, but I'm a huge fan of their Pinot Gris -- dirt cheap, crisp, and a great refrshing white when you don't want a rich Chardonnay or a sweeter white.
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