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by Rick Allen
April 18th, 2021, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 888
Views: 59232

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Unlike some folks, I’ve really enjoyed the 2013s from my favorite producers, and expected to be less enthused by the 2014s due to vintage characteristics. For Durant, I preferred the ‘14. Will be interested to see how I feel about the Richard’s comparison. The few 2014s I’ve opened recently have su...
by Rick Allen
April 14th, 2021, 7:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17085
Views: 497729

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I have a question, and I suspect someone here will be able to answer. I've noticed that quite a few of my preferred British beers (Timothy Taylor Landlord, Caledonian's Golden Promise, Young's Ram Rod, etc) are now extremely hard to find. Are the breweries not exporting to the U.S. now, or does thi...
by Rick Allen
April 12th, 2021, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9006

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

The best fish & chips on the Coast are in Nehalem at Riverside Fish and Chips. It's a food truck and very casual (they have some dining space), but the food is really good! We were over in Manzanita for a long weekend, and that was the best we had by far.
by Rick Allen
April 9th, 2021, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodfellow Spring Release
Replies: 105
Views: 5300

Re: Goodfellow Spring Release

I'm in for three cases of Chardonnay, and will probably end up getting more.
by Rick Allen
April 7th, 2021, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2245

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

Great news for the Ponzis and the WV! I remember buying their white table wine by the case back in the late 70s, and the first case of wine that I ever bought to age was their 1979 Pinot Noir.
by Rick Allen
March 31st, 2021, 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2021 Travel
Replies: 40
Views: 1126

Re: 2021 Travel

We had a trip to Italy planned for last Spring, and had hoped to make it this Fall. Given the slow rate of vaccinations in Europe right now, I'm not optimistic. Our back-up plan is to spend a few weeks in the UK instead, assuming that their current COVID restrictions get lifted. If that doesn't work...
by Rick Allen
March 23rd, 2021, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Draper Clone Chard in OR...
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: Draper Clone Chard....

A couple thoughts: There is a big difference between a clone and a selection. Many of the older/better vineyards were Draper selection vineyards - Eyrie, Abbey Ridge, Tualatin Estate to name a few, all made great Chardonnays in the 80s. One other mixed clone vineyard (probably the oldest in OR) is C...
by Rick Allen
March 17th, 2021, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you serve at your wedding ceremony and... would you serve it again?
Replies: 54
Views: 2113

Re: What wine did you serve at your wedding ceremony and... would you serve it again?

In 1976, we were very young but into wine in a small way. The budget for the wedding was less than $1,000, and most of that went to the dress. We had a keg of Blitz Weinhard beer at the reception. At dinner that night, we had a 1971 Spatlese from the Anheuser family in the Nahe that upped our intere...
by Rick Allen
March 17th, 2021, 9:51 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out
Replies: 17
Views: 3490

Re: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out

We're not planning any big price increases, we just need to make more! California will get at least 3,000 cases this year, so it should be available. Hey Rick! Do you know who is distributing it in CA? or are you doing it directly? If so - who to in southern california? thanks! We distribute in CA ...
by Rick Allen
March 17th, 2021, 7:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out
Replies: 17
Views: 3490

Re: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out

We're not planning any big price increases, we just need to make more! California will get at least 3,000 cases this year, so it should be available.
by Rick Allen
March 15th, 2021, 9:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out
Replies: 17
Views: 3490

Re: Nice (and overdue) Heater Allen shout out

Gotta toot our horn. The Wine Enthusiast just gave our Pils a 100! We’re now the highest rated beverage in Oregon...
by Rick Allen
March 14th, 2021, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?
Replies: 134
Views: 9006

Re: Oregon trip in march: what wine town to stay in?

If I was going to stay in PDX, I'd probably look at either NW Portland - out toward 21st/23rd, or along the near east side. The NW area is close to Forest Park and the Japanese Garden. The streetcar system is close by as well, and if you stay close to the streetcar line, you can easily get to all of...
by Rick Allen
March 11th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Marc Morey & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Marc Morey & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets

I had some real premox issues with this producer about a decade ago and gave up. I may give it another try.
by Rick Allen
March 5th, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Thoughts on NorCal to Portland?

The drive up the Oregon coast is spectacular. There are a few places worth stopping for (Humbug Mountain and Cape Perpetua come to mind), but not many. It's mainly just a very scenic drive, particularly between Brookings and Port Orford and then between Florence and Waldport.
by Rick Allen
March 2nd, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9443

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

I avoid the word best as much as possible. And both JP and Steve have been hugely influential for me. But the list of winemakers in this conversation would have to be bigger than just those two. In terms of "upper tier" (it's probably as subjective as "best"), there's a long lis...
by Rick Allen
February 28th, 2021, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9443

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

94 got a lot of hype, but I found the wine to be mixed. Folks that knew what they were doing seemed to do great, while those with less experience struggled.
by Rick Allen
February 25th, 2021, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Cristom Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Replies: 3
Views: 371

Re: TN: 2019 Cristom Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Last I checked, concentration wasn't a bad thing in Chardonnay. This doesn't match yours in intensity, but it's still very enjoyable!
by Rick Allen
February 25th, 2021, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Cristom Willamette Valley Chardonnay
Replies: 3
Views: 371

TN: 2019 Cristom Willamette Valley Chardonnay

I was gifted a bottle of this last week. I didn't know that Cristom even made a Chardonnay. They have a new winemaker, and if this bottle is any indication, thing look bright for the winery. Clear pale gold color, lemons and green apples in the nose, predominantly lemons on the palate with some spic...
by Rick Allen
February 16th, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release
Replies: 178
Views: 16674

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release save The Date 2/16 & 2/24

9 Lulu
3 Lucien

I was tempted by the Zins, but I've been buying them much faster than I've been drinking them lately. On the other hand, I'm game to try anything with Mourvedre.
by Rick Allen
February 15th, 2021, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9443

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

I've reduced my inventory of Oregon Pinot by about 5 cases, leaving me with roughly 16 cases. I think I actually have more Oregon Chardonnay in the cellar than Pinot now. Hope my palate doesn't change to mirror yours anytime soon....except for the champagne champagne.gif , 2x+ more cases of OR Pino...
by Rick Allen
February 15th, 2021, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9443

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

I have to admit that I've cut back my Oregon Pinot buying because I'm concerned about whether I'll still be around to drink them! Luckily I have enough 2005-2015 bottles to carry me over for the next decade... What are you buying instead that doesn't benefit from a similar cellar routine? As I've g...
by Rick Allen
February 15th, 2021, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9443

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

I have to admit that I've cut back my Oregon Pinot buying because I'm concerned about whether I'll still be around to drink them! Luckily I have enough 2005-2015 bottles to carry me over for the next decade...
by Rick Allen
February 14th, 2021, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon aging rule of thumb
Replies: 146
Views: 9443

Re: Oregon aging rule of thumb

I think this is very producer dependent. I will say that in the 1980s we used to figure that the drinking window on Oregon Pinot was about 4-6 years. In the 1990s is was more like 6-10 years. Now is seems like it's 10-20 years.
by Rick Allen
February 12th, 2021, 3:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1985
Views: 111034

Re: What did you cook tonight?

I've been watching too much British Baking Show lately, and since we're in the middle of an ice storm, I've made several things I've never tried before - Cream Puffs filled with Chocolate Creme Patisserie. If I knew how to post pictures, I would.
by Rick Allen
February 12th, 2021, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: TN: 1994 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

I opened up a 2012 Westrey Abbey Ridge because of this thread. Excellent now, but probably has several more years to go.
by Rick Allen
February 9th, 2021, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 377
Views: 37042

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I can only speak for the Pinot Blanc and a sample of a Pinot Noir rose. John says he hasn't seen any smoke taint in his reds. He also said there isn't very much in way of red wine from Cameron in 2020.
by Rick Allen
February 9th, 2021, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 377
Views: 37042

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

John Paul stopped by the Brewery to work on a mutual project and dropped off a shiner of his 2020 Giovanni (mostly Pinot Blanc). No smoke taint at all. John also said that he's seeing lower alcohols with better flavor development because the smoke caused vine to shut down, allowing additional hang t...
by Rick Allen
February 8th, 2021, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 192
Views: 13363

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Bachelder makes excellent wine from several locations, including Ontario.
by Rick Allen
February 7th, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday Tasting - White Burgundy vs Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 674

Re: Birthday Tasting - White Burgundy vs Oregon

Great idea for a zoom tasting / celebration. Quite a lineup and showing. And Happy Birthday to the person who turned a year older. Cheers. Thank you! We usually do a big Oregon Chardonnay tasting later in February. I don't think that's going to happen. We talked about doing something similar to thi...
by Rick Allen
February 7th, 2021, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday Tasting - White Burgundy vs Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 674

Re: Birthday Tasting - White Burgundy vs Oregon

Kirk.Grant wrote: February 7th, 2021, 10:50 am Wow, wow! That's very interesting to read. If you had one bottle of the X-Novo, when might you open it?
I would wait at least another year. It's not in a bad place now, but I think the oak will integrate a little bit more with time.
by Rick Allen
February 7th, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday Tasting - White Burgundy vs Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 674

Birthday Tasting - White Burgundy vs Oregon

Several Board members and others (Marcus Goodfellow, Megan Joy, Mike Passo, Andy Steinman, Doug Tunnell) joined me for a Zoom tasting of Oregon Chardonnay and White Burgundy. The focus of the tasting was 2017 wines, with six wines from that vintage, along with one from 2018 and one from 2008. I pack...
by Rick Allen
February 6th, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whole bunch in burgundy
Replies: 73
Views: 4662

Re: Whole bunch in burgundy

No ... but.... I have heard of vignerons who destem, keep the stems and add a certain amount back into a fermentation for various reasons (a couple of interviews on “I’ll Drink to That” podcast). They would assess the early fermentation and add a bit. Given the logistics, this would only work if a ...
by Rick Allen
February 5th, 2021, 11:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Europe Travel - Safe?
Replies: 70
Views: 5169

Re: Europe Travel - Safe?

I was hoping this year. I'm not getting any younger...
by Rick Allen
February 5th, 2021, 11:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Europe Travel - Safe?
Replies: 70
Views: 5169

Re: Europe Travel - Safe?

Given Europe's vaccination problems, will there be a time this year when restaurants, museums, etc. will be fully open? Thinking of Italy in October...
by Rick Allen
February 5th, 2021, 9:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What happens if I drink my (approx ) 18 year old homemade beer??
Replies: 11
Views: 3403

Re: What happens if I drink my (approx ) 18 year old homemade beer??

If the beer was vigorously boiled for an hour, and handled in a sanitary manner afterward, there shouldn't be anything harmful in the beer. Mead, if boiled isn't an issue. Fruited meads are usually not boiled (boiling changes the character of the fruit) but held at a temp of around 180 degrees for a...
by Rick Allen
February 3rd, 2021, 8:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Somebody Feed Phil
Replies: 35
Views: 2000

Re: Somebody Feed Phil

I liked this show from the first episode (Venice), a place we had recently visited. The Buenos Aires episode was quite good, as was Copenhagen, Lisbon, and a number of others.
by Rick Allen
January 30th, 2021, 10:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pliny the Yonger will be Bottled and Shipped in California
Replies: 35
Views: 2538

Re: Pliny the Yonger will be Bottled and Shipped in California

Horse Brass Pub in Portland has a dedicated tap for Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig (they alternate). When they get a keg of Pliny the Younger, they just put it in the rotation. If you happen to be there, you can get it. I guess I didn't realize that this was such a thing...
by Rick Allen
January 25th, 2021, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Brick House Les Dijonnais Pinot Noir, Oregon
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: TN: Brick House Les Dijonnais Pinot Noir, Oregon

I remember trying this wine at its release and wondering if it would ever come around. Like many of the 2008s for me, they were uncharacteristically big and somewhat tannic - not the kind of wines I expect from Oregon. It sounds like they're finally coming into their own. I still have a number of 20...
by Rick Allen
January 25th, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Marie Courtin - Champagne "Resonance" Extra Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: TN: 2015 Marie Courtin - Champagne "Resonance" Extra Brut (France, Champagne)

Thanks for posting this. For the last few years I've felt that this wine punched way above its weight, but the current vintage I have in my cellar is 2014 (disgorged July, 2018). I have purchased multiple cases of this in the past, but I will be more careful about buying in the future.
by Rick Allen
January 25th, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Meunier
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: TN: 2010 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Meunier

Robert, there are several wineries in Oregon that make/sell Pinot Meunier. Eyrie first planted the grape here in 1979 and this bottling comes from those grapes.
by Rick Allen
January 25th, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Meunier
Replies: 4
Views: 332

TN: 2010 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Meunier

I ended up inadvertently buying a case of this (I bought a half a case twice in error), so I've had the chance to try this relatively frequently. At least I did until it became horribly reduced about six years ago. I still had six bottles left, and they were not a pleasant drinking experience, so I ...
by Rick Allen
January 16th, 2021, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Re: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay

Tonight we opened a 2015 Cameron Abbey Ridge Chardonnay - Definitely had that sweet edge that I expect from the Dundee Hills, although in a sterner package. Apples, lemons, with a little bitter streak, but the sweet taste and aroma were there. The finish was long and inviting, and the mouthfeel was ...
by Rick Allen
January 15th, 2021, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Re: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay

Last night's 2016 Vincent Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay didn't show the sweet edge that I taste in Dundee Hills Chardonnays. I felt bad for the wine because the previous night's Eyrie was a tough act to follow. The wine was nice, but not at the same level (didn't cost nearly as much either). I chatted wit...
by Rick Allen
January 14th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Re: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay

One thing nice about living in McMinnville is that I have access to a lot of winemakers. Having a Brewery makes me pretty popular, particularly during harvest! I only brought up Walter Scott because I drink a lot of it, and I need wines from other AVAs to find the difference with regard to Dundee Hi...
by Rick Allen
January 13th, 2021, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Re: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay

Is it more about vintage and ripeness or terroir? RT That's the question. I've long noticed the edge of sweetness in the Cameron wines, but I didn't see the possible connection to place until recently. I will be trying other vintages as well, although so far it's held for 2016 and 2018 (granted a s...
by Rick Allen
January 13th, 2021, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay
Replies: 16
Views: 1563

Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay

Lately we've been drinking a lot of Oregon Chardonnay, mostly from my "holy trinity" of Walter Scott, Goodfellow, and Cameron. A recent back to back nights of 2018 Goodfellow Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge Chardonnays got my wife and I talking about the differences between the two, and whet...
by Rick Allen
January 10th, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 10006

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

This is awful! RIP

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