Amazing Oregon Blends

October 2016

It seems these days that the focus in wine has become on the hyper-specific single varietal wines. Not only is this a Pinot Noir but it's a Pinot Noir from these three rows of this particular vineyard. Those wines can be amazing - full of character and interesting qualities - but they can be pricey too.

And in this hyper-specific world, blends often get left behind. Contrary to what some misguided souls believe, blends can be of extraordinary quality. As much artistry as chemistry, blending is used to maximize the expression of a wine - enhancing aromas, color, texture, body and finish, making more well-rounded and complex wines. They are a great way to see the style of a winemaker shine through.

So, this month, we're exploring that artistry by tasting some amazing Oregon blends that, combined, showcase some of Oregon's finest wine regions.

We're featuring two red blends with a twist - a French Bordeaux-style blend plus a little added Southern Oregon kick from Kriselle Cellars in White City and a Pinot Noir/Gamay Noir blend from a self-described "nano-winery" here in the Willamette Valley, Random Wine Company.

Our two whites are unique blends that also span the state. The Willamette Valley's Domaine Trouvere's Bricolage Blanc is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. And Cliff Creek Cellars in Gold Hill brings us a Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier blend from Southern Oregon.

These are all high quality, great value wines that are complex and unique. I hope you'll enjoy them and the great stories of the winemakers behind them.