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by Rick Allen
July 7th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12025
Views: 448794

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

We had a run on Cameron wines over the last couple of days, 1998 Cameron Clos Electrique Pinot Noir - Slightly bretty, no funk, lots of cherries and raspberries, smooth and delicious 2014 Cameron Clos Electrique Chardonnay - Surprisingly a bit advanced. Will drink the remaining 3 bottles over the ne...
by Rick Allen
June 28th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Candid Cameron...
Replies: 9
Views: 754

Re: TN: Candid Cameron...

I'm willing to age the Dundee Hills for at least a few years, and I've haven't seen any issues with hold them for a decade. We had a 2014 a couple days ago and a 2010 a month ago, and they were both excellent. That is one wine where I always buy a case.
by Rick Allen
June 23rd, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Oregon Brewers Guild Virtual Beerfest
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Oregon Brewers Guild Virtual Beerfest

This Saturday, the Oregon Brewers Guild is holding a virtual beerfest as a fundraiser. This is a Zoom event, similar to those that WB has done. The line-up of panel discussions looks really good, and includes a lager beer panel with Will Kemper (Chuckanut), Kevin Davey (Wayfinder), Ashleigh Carter (...
by Rick Allen
June 21st, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3116

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

Get the food out of your cellar and you shouldn't have a problem.
by Rick Allen
June 20th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 13
Views: 468

Re: TN: 1993 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Very interesting. Didn't know Willamette wines were built for 30+ years. Believe it! For example, the 1985 Eyrie South Block is truly singing today. I think the longevity of a wine has more to do with how its grapes were grown and how it was made than where it comes from. I've had the privilege of ...
by Rick Allen
June 17th, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19017

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

My Mom was a witness to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She refused to ever buy a Japanese or German car.
by Rick Allen
June 17th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?
Replies: 8
Views: 344

Re: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?

I still have a few bottles of the mead my late brother made 18 years ago. Most of those I have left are fruited mead and they are still holding up.
by Rick Allen
June 13th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?
Replies: 16
Views: 930

Re: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?

My favorite way to cook a leg of lamb is to marinate it in a paste of pureed onions and Ras El Hanout spices.

I'm braising a lamb shoulder tomorrow, as we are deeply into Juneuary here.
by Rick Allen
June 12th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 104
Views: 4789

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

Blend? Gonna throw a bottle into a blind tasting to mess with people when our group can meet again. And for me, Ceritas. I hate the over-ripe, over-extracted, over-oaked Chards. Not blend, Cameron’s estate vineyard next to the winery But with some Pinot Blanc (and I’ve seen hints of a few Italians ...
by Rick Allen
June 12th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 104
Views: 4789

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

Cameron Clos Electrique
Walter Scott X Novo and Seven Springs
Goodfellow Richard's Cuvee
Eyrie Original Vines
by Rick Allen
May 27th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mobile Canning For Beer (And Wine)
Replies: 3
Views: 392

Re: Mobile Canning For Beer (And Wine)

We used a mobile bottler for years and switched to cans early last year. Given our growing volumes, we may look at getting our own canning system, though space and money are both constraints over the short run. We've only had one bad experience when the crew running the canning machine just didn't s...
by Rick Allen
May 22nd, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?
Replies: 52
Views: 1714

Re: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?

Scott Tallman wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 7:48 pm
Rick Allen wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 7:40 pm
2017 Lingua Franca - very good!
Which one? I really enjoy the Bunker Hill, but have yet to try any others.
The Avni, which is their base level Chard. I thought the wine was good, but not a great value.
by Rick Allen
May 21st, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?
Replies: 52
Views: 1714

Re: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?

2017 Lingua Franca - very good!
by Rick Allen
May 21st, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16699
Views: 443083

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

The Great American Beer Fest has been cancelled, to be replaced by a virtual beer-fest in mid-October. I was wondering what took them so long, but I guess they were waiting for a declaration from the governor so they could get their deposit back on the Denver Convention Center. The GABF competition ...
by Rick Allen
May 12th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5566

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

+1 on the picking earlier. I've honestly never found anything that I picked too early, white or red. I've definitely picked too late, though not much in recent years. I remember when the Evening Land project started and I'd hear from other growers - "they've already picked their Chardonnay!" - with...
by Rick Allen
May 10th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current best value white Burgundies
Replies: 57
Views: 2486

Re: Current best value white Burgundies

I don't think there's much value in white Burgundy anymore. I've probably drunk well over 2,000 bottles of the stuff, and while never a screaming deal, it was at least justifiable for the quality. Unfortunately the Premier and Grand Cru stuff I used to buy became Village, then the minor Villages, t...
by Rick Allen
May 10th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current best value white Burgundies
Replies: 57
Views: 2486

Re: Current best value white Burgundies

I don't think there's much value in white Burgundy anymore. I've probably drunk well over 2,000 bottles of the stuff, and while never a screaming deal, it was at least justifiable for the quality. Unfortunately the Premier and Grand Cru stuff I used to buy became Village, then the minor Villages, th...
by Rick Allen
May 10th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid-19 everyday drinker master thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1801

Re: Covid-19 everyday drinker master thread

I've been drinking lower level Goodfellow, Walter Scott, and Cameron Chardonnays, sprinkled in with occasional bottles of their top end wines, along with Brick House, Martin Woods, Vincent, and Eyrie Chards as well. I used to drink a lot of White Burgundy (mainly some the "lesser" villages, Chalonna...
by Rick Allen
May 4th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Willamette Valley
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Willamette Valley

I bought three cases of this when it first came out. An absolute steal for the price. I'm almost out now, but luckily the 2018s are in.
by Rick Allen
May 3rd, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5566

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

I would also say that mixed clone Chardonnays (Clos Electrique, X-Novo) do very well too. BTW, I believe that A lot of the Dundee Hills Chardonnays have at least some Draper Selection, including Maresh, Winderlea, and Durant. These all sold fruit to Eyrie many years ago. Speaking specifically to Du...
by Rick Allen
May 3rd, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 559
Views: 37379

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I’ve now tasted through all of Marcus’s 2018 Chardonnay cuvees. My favorite right now is the Durant, followed by the WV. The others all need time (the Durant will benefit from bottle age as well), so I’m picking up another case of the 2017 Ribbon Ridge, which is drinking really nice right now. When...
by Rick Allen
May 2nd, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 559
Views: 37379

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I’ve now tasted through all of Marcus’s 2018 Chardonnay cuvees. My favorite right now is the Durant, followed by the WV. The others all need time (the Durant will benefit from bottle age as well), so I’m picking up another case of the 2017 Ribbon Ridge, which is drinking really nice right now. When ...
by Rick Allen
May 2nd, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5566

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

I would also say that mixed clone Chardonnays (Clos Electrique, X-Novo) do very well too. BTW, I believe that A lot of the Dundee Hills Chardonnays have at least some Draper Selection, including Maresh, Winderlea, and Durant. These all sold fruit to Eyrie many years ago.
by Rick Allen
May 2nd, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5566

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

Oregon’s issue with Chardonnay was never the clone(s). In our tastings, wines made from the old Wente clone have done very well. Clearly the Draper selection (Eyrie, Tualatin, Abbey Ridge) has performed better, but regular old Wente clone Chardonnays have significantly out-performed the Dijon clone ...
by Rick Allen
May 2nd, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Cameron Gehrt’s Pinot Noir, Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: TN: 2004 Cameron Gehrt’s Pinot Noir, Oregon

Very rarely does a bottle of Cameron make it to day 2 in the Allen household.
by Rick Allen
May 2nd, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5566

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

We have a group that tastes Oregon Chardonnay at the six year point (2013 last year). At that point, many of the wines are still fresh and lovely. Most of the top producers haven't been making Chardonnay long enough to know how they'll be at the 10 year mark much less any longer. We'll have a better...
by Rick Allen
April 26th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Willamette Valley AVA's
Replies: 65
Views: 4072

Re: The Willamette Valley AVA's

I have no issue with Pinot Gris where the winemaker takes it seriously, and takes the time to craft something that expresses something (several winemakers come to mind, Marcus being one of them). Too many Pinot Gris are bulk-style wines for cash flow only. No thanks!
by Rick Allen
April 26th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Willamette Valley AVA's
Replies: 65
Views: 4072

Re: The Willamette Valley AVA's

I'm sure that current Pinot production still dwarfs every other grape, but I'd have to believe that the fastest growing grape in the last five years in terms of acreage planted there is Chardonnay. Yes and maybe. Not my area of expertise but I believe there's been a big surge in grapes like Viognie...
by Rick Allen
April 22nd, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21
Replies: 194
Views: 13146

Re: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

This is the first Bedrock release I'm going to miss since I signed up in 2014. The beer business is likely worse than the wine business right now.
by Rick Allen
April 22nd, 2020, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 559
Views: 37379

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I picked up a bunch of Chardonnay from Marcus last week. So far, the Durant is a real winner, the Willamette Valley is open for business, the Ribbon Ridge probably needs six months, and the Dundee Hills will get tucked away for a least a year. [thankyou.gif] I Would be interested on your take on th...
by Rick Allen
April 21st, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 559
Views: 37379

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I picked up a bunch of Chardonnay from Marcus last week. So far, the Durant is a real winner, the Willamette Valley is open for business, the Ribbon Ridge probably needs six months, and the Dundee Hills will get tucked away for a least a year.
by Rick Allen
April 18th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: 2018 Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Rick, thanks for the note. Any thoughts on the recently released 2018 Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir? Also, no 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir and a very small amount of 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir this year, so as you suggest more stuffing in the AVA's or more for the SV's or limited bottlings for 2018? Ja...
by Rick Allen
April 15th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Replies: 3
Views: 444

2018 Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

I stopped by Cameron today to drop off some beer, and John gifted my several shiners of the recently bottled Dundee Hills Pinot (one for my daughter, one for Marcus Goodfellow, and one for me). The wine is a dark ruby - darker than is remember this wine being in past vintages. The aroma shows very l...
by Rick Allen
April 15th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16699
Views: 443083

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Thomas Keim wrote:
April 14th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Augustinerbrau Edelstoff Helles -

Still the greatest light beer in the world.
The only thing to order at Oktoberfest.
by Rick Allen
April 14th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13088

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Just cancelled everything for our May trip to Italy. Got everything back that I've tried to get back from reservations. Still have my Eurail pass (now valid until the end of 2021) and I need to deal with Delta, but glad I waited. I think we'll try again for either May or October/November next year...
by Rick Allen
April 6th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 3960

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

1. Hoppy beer (almost any beer outside of Pilsner/Lager actually). 2. Most California wine 3. Anything that ends in -schlager 4. White Viognier 5. Wines on American oak 6. Flawed wines posing as “natural wines” 7. White wines with too much texture 8. Flavored alcohols (infusions are fine) 9. Most w...
by Rick Allen
April 5th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wanted an Oregon wine that tastes like a Burgundy.
Replies: 82
Views: 4366

Re: Wanted an Oregon wine that tastes like a Burgundy.

I've had a number of Burgundies (more than a handful but definitely a minority) that really reminded me of Oregon. Oregon wines have a softness that is more difficult to find in Burgundy. On the other hand, I've had few Oregon wines with the tannic structure and "bite" that is much more prevalent in...
by Rick Allen
April 2nd, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 2766

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

Craftworks, owners of Rockbottom, Gordon Biersch, and others filed for bankruptcy at the beginning of March and recently terminated 18,000 workers... Laurelwood Brewing in PDX couldn't make payroll after laying everyone off. The McMenamins chain laid off almost everyone over a week ago and finally m...
by Rick Allen
March 31st, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 101
Views: 3750

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

I could live with (and afford) just Marie Courtin, but if I needed a second it would be Vilmart.
by Rick Allen
March 15th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #Quaranwine
Replies: 23
Views: 1578

Re: #Quaranwine

We're not drinking more, but we are drinking better. We used to drink current vintage Goodfellow WV and Cameron Dundee Hills Chardonnay during the week and now, for example, we drank 2014 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne, 2013 Cameron Clos Electrique, and a 2014 1er Cru St Aubin over the last three nights.
by Rick Allen
March 13th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7877

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Just as a point of reference, we closed our Tap Room until April (at least). As far as we know, no one at the Brewery has COVID-19 (there's only six of us), and we'd like to keep it that way.
by Rick Allen
March 6th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13088

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Maybe you should take Vegas off the itinerary Todd!
by Rick Allen
February 28th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13088

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

We have a trip to Italy planned for May. I am less worried about the disease than I am about sites being closed and a possible two week quarantine on our return. We have travel insurance, and so far everything is refundable except a couple of train reservations and the flight over. We'll probably ma...
by Rick Allen
February 25th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Chardonnay Celebration
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Oregon Chardonnay Celebration

Unfortunately, as Marcus said, I missed the event. I need to talk to Amy about picking a different weekend...
by Rick Allen
January 30th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots
Replies: 56
Views: 3305

Re: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots

I think there are many more similarities between Burgundies and Oregon Pinots than there differences. I've had too many times when wines from the two regions were indistinguishable when tasted blind. I do think that some Burgundies can have a hard edge that I find appealing. I think this is a water...
by Rick Allen
January 30th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots
Replies: 56
Views: 3305

Re: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots

I think there are many more similarities between Burgundies and Oregon Pinots than there differences. I've had too many times when wines from the two regions were indistinguishable when tasted blind. I do think that some Burgundies can have a hard edge that I find appealing. I think this is a water ...
by Rick Allen
January 29th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate
Replies: 41
Views: 2516

Re: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate

My substitute for White Burgundy is Oregon Chardonnay from a select (but growing) group of producers. Right now, Eyrie, Brick House, Walter Scott, Cameron, Goodfellow, Vincent, and a number of others scratch that itch at significantly lower price points than good White Burgundy. As far as other vari...
by Rick Allen
January 28th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 282
Views: 15413

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Temps in our area going to almost touch 70 degrees on Friday. Everyone but guys like me will LOVE it. This will be one of those mid winter 'false springs' that commonly happen. Early plants like plum trees and quince will start to pop. Ill just hope my vineyard won't be paying much attention. Up in...

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