New adventures in Oregon!
March is upon us and summer is right around the corne. With the recent weather in the greater Chicago-area, it may be a sooner arrival than expected! With the transition of seasons from cold to warm, your inspired wine club includes two lighter bodied red wines from the emerging wine regions of Oregon! Cabernets and Merlots are for winter fun hanging out at the fireplace; Pinot Noirs are for warm spring nights on the porch and star gazing in the back yard. We are happy to present you with two fantastic Oregon Pinots for the month of March.
Union Wine Company Underwood Pinot Noir, Oregon
Our first of two fantastic Pinot’s comes from the Union Wine Company. The 2015 Underwood Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from both the Willamette Valley as well as Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon. This wine is a fresh expression of the Oregon style of a lighter body, with bright fruit flavors of fresh raspberries a plum with an earthy finish. Underwood is a great expression of an Oregon Pinot that won’t break the bank! They have also been an innovative winery and make all of their bottled selections in cans to go!
2015 Averaen (Banshee) Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Oregon
Our second selection is the 2015 Averaen Pinot Noir, and this is a new project from a well-known California Winery. The success of the Banshee wines of Sonoma County and Napa Valley has driven them north to Oregon! This vintage of Averean was awarded 91 points by Antonio Galloni and is a beauty of a project by winemaker Adam Smith. Their affordable price points do not undermine the quality of their wines, and Averaen is the perfect example of that. You will get floral and spicy notes on the nose that transfer to the pallet and have you yearning for another glass. This is a true expression of Oregon wine that will broaden your horizons.
And in case you are wondering about food pairings, these lighter, brighter reds match as wonderfully with a a casual dinner of Monte Cristo sandwiches as they do with an Easter ham or lamb roast– one of the most versatile varietals and perfect for your upcoming celebrations as well.
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