Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you get to spend time with your love ones today and eat all the mash potatoes, turkey, and cranberry sauce you want! The Renaissance Man and I are heading to my parents house this afternoon and will be partaking in a small family event. It always feels good to be with family this time of year!
Tomorrow we’ll be adventuring out into wine country to celebrate the 2015 Wine Country Thanksgiving! This event will also celebrate 50 years of wine making in the Willamette Valley, and is a great way to go taste some of the best wines in country. More than 150 wineries will be opening up their doors with special tasting events throughout the entire weekend, you can learn more about each of the events by clicking here.
And if you’re not sure which wineries to go visit, Wine Spectator just released it’s 2015 Top 100 List of Wines. Not surprisingly, five Oregon wines made that list! Check out links to the wineries below along with the write ups for each of those wines from Wine Spectator.
Evening Land Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs Vineyard La Source 2012
Seductive, silky and supple, this red layers its gorgeous currant, plum, blueberry and spice flavors on a lithe frame, coming together harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,176 cases made. —HS
Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012
Vibrant and intense, pulsing with mint-edged raspberry and spice flavors that ride easily over velvety tannins and persist on the refined, gently minerally finish. Drink now through 2022. 784 cases made. —HS
Bergström Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Le Pré Du Col Vineyard 2013
Supple, seductive and distinctive, with pure blueberry fruit, shaded with white pepper, pear skin and floral character. The flavors dance merrily into the long, deftly balanced finish. Offers presence and intensity without extra weight. Drink now through 2023. 1,500 cases made. —HS
Soléna Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Grande Cuvée 2012
Sleek, lithe and inviting, with juicy cherry, black cherry and gentle spice flavors that glide quickly over polished tannins into a long and vivid finish. This has presence, harmony, depth and persistence. Best from 2016 through 2022. 7,000 cases made. —HS
Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Margo 2012
Lithe and expressive, shading black cherry fruit with glints of mint, loamy earth and walnut. Fine tannins underline a long, dancing finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 1,711 cases made. —HS
I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy some wine! Cheers!