Soter
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
2d ago
Here are the outstanding new ‘Estates’ wines by Soter. It is my pleasure to share one of the longstanding houses in Oregon. A truly great winery founded by Tony and Michelle Soter, the Soter 'Mineral Springs Ranch’ is a 240-acre oak savanna in the center of the Willamette Valley. The vineyard is certified biodynamic and was planted to 15 acres of Pinot Noir in 2002 and 2003, and an additional 15 acres in 2006. Two acres of Chardonnay were included in the 2006 plantings which are used for their sparkling wine production. Small extension blocks have been added over the years to grow their ..read more
Visit website
Bodega Contador
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
2d ago
Today we present the incredible wines of Bodega Contador. One of the epic stars of Rioja, Benjamin Romeo worked as winemaker at Artadi between 1985 and 2000, before starting his Contador project. Situated in and around San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Benjamin has 7 hectares, half devoted to La Vina de Andres, and the other half divided between 20 plots averaging 130 square feet with vines up to 100 years old. His wines have gained international acclaim. I would describe his winemaking style as modern, with old world elegance — almost like Opus One which is obviously a new world wine shows refine ..read more
Visit website
Decoy
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
3d ago
Here are the outstanding range of value wines by Decoy. Wine doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. While my heart might yearn for Chateau Margaux to pair with my BBQ beef ribs, my wallet knows that’s just not an option. One of the great value brands out of California. Decoy wines is the brainchild of Dan and Margaret Duckhorn who created this portfolio of wines to appeal to a wider range of customers. Not everyone can afford 80 dollar Merlot and the Duckhorns sought to place their product for the value-driven grocery store crowd that seeks an outstanding wine for any night of the week. Dec ..read more
Visit website
2000 Argyle 'Spirithouse' Retrospective
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
4d ago
Here are the beautiful 2000 Argyle ‘Spirithouse’ wines that have held so well. Today we present an incredible vintage retrospective from Oregon. Argyle has started re-releasing some of their older wines and with great pleasure I had the chance on revisiting the 2000 vintage — one that I had admittedly not tasted for several years. My friend and college Jason Wehling has a deep collection of older Oregon wines and regularly tastes wines from not only the early 2000s but the 1990s. I admittedly am less familiar with Oregon wines that pre-date 2002. The millennium vintage was one that was somewh ..read more
Visit website
FIGGINS
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
5d ago
Here is the stunning new ‘Figlia’ by FIGGINS. Today we share one of the unique wines made in Washington State. The FIGGINS ‘Figlia’ is stunning wine that comes from the high elevation FIGGINS estate vineyard, in the foothills of the Bluewood Mountains. The wine combines Merlot and Petit Verdot. The star of the show is the Petit Verdot which evokes beautiful herbal and chocolate notes alongside dense dark and blue fruit flavors. This is some of the finest Petit Verdot that you will taste in the Pacific Northwest. The Petit Verdot from this site is truly a monster with massive tannins so the Me ..read more
Visit website
Penner-Ash
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
6d ago
Here are the marvelous new wines by Penner-Ash. One of the famed Oregon wineries, Penner-Ash was founded back in 1998 by Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash. Their first vintage was 2005 and they received remarkable success with vintages to follow. Located in the Northern Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton sub-AVA the pair built their LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) Certified sustainable gravity-flow winery surrounded by a 15-acre Estate Vineyard. The winery was sold to Jackson Family in 2016 and the impressive quality in the wines remains today. I have really enjoyed the last few releases of ..read more
Visit website
Acumen
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
Here are the beautiful new wines by Acumen. A story made full-circle, entrepreneur Eric Yuan has his Napa journey complete. Guided by legendary winemaker Phillip Titus and renowned Viticulturist Garrett Buckland, his brand  Acumen Wines has established an estate that features 116 organically certified acres of vines, spread across two vineyards on Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak. The Acumen team makes a small portfolio of estate-grown wines, with a focus on mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Winemaker Phillip Tutus describes this region as “remote and ..read more
Visit website
Tablas Creek 'Espirit de Tablas' Vertical Tasting
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
It was an unforgettable tasting at Tablas Creek, checking in on their famed ‘Espirit de Tablas’ wines going back to their inaugural 2000 vintage. It was 2004 and I was in graduate school in San Diego. I had bought tickets to a wine event and was most excited to taste the wines of Tablas Creek which were gaining International acclaim for their wine quality, blending and attention to detail. If I could go back in time I would never anticipate sitting with Tablas Creek CEO Jason Haas and visiting every four vintages of their ‘Espirit’ back to their first vintage produced in 2000. Tablas Creek wa ..read more
Visit website
Hill of Tara
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
Here are the incredible new wines by Hill of Tara. One of the outrageously good producers from Sonoma, Hill of Tara was founded by TOR general manager Danny Fay. For years Fay recognized the potential for growing world-class grapes on Moon Mountain, an AVA. This is an incredibly scenic area that is set at 2,000 feet, towering above the Sonoma Valley. The highest vineyards in the Moon Mountain District American Viticultural Area (AVA) enable clear-day views of San Francisco from 50 miles away, with skyscrapers gleaming in the southern distance. Soil types here are mainly rocky and of volcanic ..read more
Visit website
Inniskillin
Owen Bargreen Blog
by Owen Bargreen
1w ago
Here are the beautiful new releases by Inniskillin. One of the prized Canadian wineries, Inniskillin has clearly played a pioneering role in establishing the Canadian wine industry. On July 31, 1975, its founders made history when they were given the first winery license in Canada since Prohibition. Inniskillin came into prominence on the global stage with its win at the 1991 Vinexpo, in Bordeaux, France, when the Vidal Icewine was awarded the highest Grand Prix d'Honneur, changing the way the world sees Canadian wine. Instrumental in developing Canada's VQA system this house is located among ..read more
Visit website

Follow Owen Bargreen Blog on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR