Sun, 24 August 2014
St. Innocent Winery's Founder and Winemaker Mark Vlossak was responsible for some of the most interesting wines that I tasted during my 2012 trip to Oregon. The St. Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill absolutely blew me away and the St Innocent Pinot Blanc made me think hard about the white wine potential of this region.
Mr. Vlossak was also one of the Willamette Valley's most eloquent supporters. Winemaker Mark Vlossak is heavily involved in the yearly "Pinot Camp" educational week for industry professional. This video, the first of five, gives you a taste of what he can teach us about Oregon Wine.
I interviewed Mr. Vlossak in the cellars at St. Innocent Winery.
This is Episode #47 of Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman. There is more to come.
Sun, 10 August 2014
In the summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to sit down with Chehalem Winery's Wynne Peterson-Nedry. It was a rare blast of hot weather in Oregon with temperatures rising into the high 90s. It was a pleasure to stay in the shade and sip from the many dry white wines that are strongly featured in Chehalem's porfolio.
Chehalem Winery, a family operation, was transitioning from Father to Daughter as well as experiencing a dramatic change in their label design. I spent about a half hour with Ms. Peterson-Nedry and the highlights of that interview form Episode #46 of Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman.