1. It’s Oregon Wine Month.
That’s right, it’s Oregon Wine Month. So you can forget your French Bordeaux, your California Cabs and your Argentinian Malbecs. Instead, reach for a luscious red from Oregon and taste what the great PNW has to offer.
2. Pinot Noir Never Tasted So Good.
We’re in that weird in-between season when the days are hot, the nights are a little cool and we’re all still clinging to red wine as long as the weather allows. Here’s a tip that will make this season transition much easier to swallow: drink Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is the top grown grape in Oregon, a state heralded for this particular varietal. Try Portland PDX Pinot Noir to see what we mean.
3. Oregon Comes to Ponte Vedra.
On May 11, we’re staging a tasting at our Ponte Vedra ABC in celebration of The Players Championship. Along with a cigar smoker and several high-end wines and spirits for patrons to sample, winemakers Athena Pappas and Stewart Boedecker will be present to pour their top-rated Oregon offerings and to sign bottles for guests. If you’re in the area, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
4. The Other White Pinot.
Actually, there are two: Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Cultivated in Oregon, these grapes show zest and liveliness you’ll be hard-pressed to find in other white vinos from the same area. Both grapes gained popularity in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and have become varietals to look for from Oregon. Read more in-depth information about both here, but make sure you have a glass of A to Z Pinot Gris in hand.
5. It’s All About the Wine.
Oregon’s wines stand for themselves and make this month truly worth recognizing and celebrating. Here are a few selections to get you started on your own wine tour through Oregon. Talk to your local ABC Wine & Spirits Specialist for more offerings from this cool-climate state.
Purity Chardonnay // Lemons, apples and citrus all delivered on a creamy mouthfeel? Yes, please. This Chardonnay delivers Oregon’s personality directly through the palate with flavors of pineapple and juicy apple.
Pappas Wine Co. Pinot Blanc // Delicious with fish and poultry, this versatile, food-friendly white wine exudes flavors and aromas of honeysuckle and citrus on a crisp palate.
A to Z Pinot Noir // Raspberry, espresso and light tanginess make this light red a contender if you’re looking for another go-to vino. Sip alongside hors d’oeuvres or pasta with red sauce.
Erath Pinot Gris // Peach and clove flavors intermingle with melon and cream for an easy-drinking offering from this highly aclaimed Dundee Hill winery.
What’s your favorite Oregon wine? Comment below or tweet us @abcwinecountry!