A Rant, A Rave, and Buying Local

Despite a wine-growing legacy that dates to the late sixties, Oregon wine country still feels young. I see it in the tasting rooms, when those pouring the wine often neglect their customers. Whether too occupied with chasing a “big sale” or simply untrained in hospitality, I am never sure. But the recurring trend is troubling […]

An Exercise in the Surreal

Wine tasting in Oregon is an exercise in the surreal. After the wonders of a Lovejoy Deluxe for breakfast (it’s important to have a good breakfast before wine tasting), I left Portland Saturday morning under darkening winter skies and a light drizzle. But as I headed out into the country, the drizzle turned into passing […]