Kenneth Friedenreich, wine editor By the time you realize you were in Coomsville, you've probably driven past unaware. It is not a dinky town--how could it be? sitting inside a spent volcano--but as a YouTube video suggests, the wineries here want you to put all the...read more
Armistice helped launch another war in America. It was called Prohibition and it proved an egregious failure. Also, as advertised, the war to end all wars, didn’t work either. The next one was worse.read more
Holmes may err along the way. But with Watson riding shotgun, in the end everyone comes home alive by popular demand, except the bad guys.
The analogies pertinent to the sommelier’s oft touted powers of unraveling the mysteries of wine come to mind.read more
Sommeliers and Waiters Wearing Strait Jackets The cost of wine pairing dinners keeps ahead of the impact and pleasure of these events. The menu below is genuine, and the chef is one of the best known and liked guys in the industry from Coast to Coast. When these gigs...read more
When about 50 years ago the pioneers in Oregon's nascent wine scene planted their first vines, the state made few waves. All that changed since, as a recently released industry overview by the Oregon Wine Board attests dramatically. "Oregon in terms of size by...read more
Oregon is still pastoral and supports biodynamics in its agriculture and innovation in its wineries. In some respects, the pioneer spirit of the original Oregon Trail survives. Keeping this legacy intact is our mutual responsibility and, indeed, a continuing source of natural wonder.read more
The origin of this book dates to 1984. Ironically, that year was a “harvest from hell” in the Willamette Valley, and few winemakers or consumers in Oregon have not repressed their recall of that time. The years prior and following, on the other hand, were very good...read more