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The Latest from Oregon…

This past week and weekend was another exciting one for us at Labor Wines.  I had the opportunity to get into the lab and taste through a tank sample of our 2013 Pinot Noir and really see where that wine is going.  As many of you know, we will be releasing our latest wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir soon enough (more on that in a bit), but we are always working on our future and further developing our wines.  We’re about a year away from you getting a chance to enjoy the ‘13s, but I promise, they’ll be worth the wait.

 

The next bit of good news that came about is that we can now ship to 45 states!  Many of you have been disappointed when we couldn’t ship to you previously, but we’ve got you taken care of moving forward.  The only states we CANNOT ship to are Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi and New Hampshire – the rest of the country we’re ready to send along wine!  If you’re ready to place your order let me know directly and I can get you all set up.

 

And to pair with the above, we’d like to introduce to you the 2012 Labor Wines Pinot Noir, ready for its release!  Coming from what has been labeled the  ‘Vintage of the Decade’, this wine was sourced predominantly from the Yamhill Carlton sub-AVA, spending 8 months in French Oak lending a touch of cigar box and slight smokiness.  There are delicious flavors of Marion berries, Currants, Strawberries and Bing Cherries, along with notes of Crushed Violets and Ginger.

 

Overall, the 2012 harvest was outstanding!  The vintage had warmer than average temperatures and an extremely dry Summer and Fall, resulting in ripe and ready wines that are bursting out of the bottle and ready for your glass to enjoy!  Being that it was a warm year, we recommend putting a slight chill on the wine and letting it come up to your desired temperature.

 

The 2012 Pinot Noir is available for $25.00 a bottle or $300.00 a case, plus shipping.  Please feel free to contact me directly to place your order or feel free to go online to www.LaborWines.com.

 

Finally and possibly the most special part of the weekend was seeing one of my dearest friends, a fantastic person and a true talent in the Oregon wine community, Alex Sokol Blosser of Sokol Blosser Winery get married over the weekend to his fiancée, Ginny.  The wedding was held at the family winery on Saturday afternoon and evening, resulting in a very special affair.  I was honored to be a part of it and thrilled to see the union of Alex & Ginny, two people who are madly in love.

 

Don’t forget, when you are enjoying a bottle of our wine, make sure to take a picture and share it with us on Facebook or via Twitter.  As well, you can always email me directly, Corey@LaborWines.com or call on cell, 702.466.0987.

 

Everything takes Labor to accomplish.  Labor Wines – A Labor of Love.

 

 

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

San Francisco Visit & Tasting

Last week I had the opportunity to return to one of my favorite cities in our country, San Francisco, for a quick trip to host a tasting with our latest releases.  I headed back to The Hidden Vine, where we had held a tasting a few years back as they are one of our best supporters and great friends.

 

The Hidden Vine is fantastic wine bar on Merchant Street in the shadow of the TransAmerica building in Downtown San Francisco that is a great fan of small production wines and sharing their discoveries with their guests.  Also, one of its coolest features is that it has an outdoor bocce court that runs alongside the venue.  I mean, how many places do you know where you can sip on a delicious glass of wine while tossing bocce balls?

 

That night I was able to share with our guests our 2011 Pinot Noir and the 2012 Riesling to taste.  The group was extremely appreciative of the wines, with a few of our friends of Labor being there to support as well as many new people we had a chance to meet.

 

After the tasting, I headed over to see another close friend of ours, Nick Floulis of Pushback Wines, who had recently opened the Chubby Noodle in the Marina neighborhood.  ‘The Noodle’ is a modern Asian restaurant that serves late, basically throws a party every night and has quickly become a go-to spot in the area with its neighbors.  To quote @Zagat SF “If a Japanese Izakaya and Chinese dim sum met a family-style party with California wines and hip-hop thrown in for good measure, it might look like @ChubbyNoodleSF.  Not too shabby, right?  The Noodle is also a supporter of Labor Wines, currently carrying our 2011 Pinot Noir which has been a big hit so far with their guests.

 

Nick was the consummate host, as always, guiding me through the menu and making sure my wine glass was always full.  Highlight of my meal was definitely the Salt & Pepper Shrimp (gluten-free, by the way); I’m craving it now actually!

 

As I mentioned, it was a quick trip supporting our wines, but I look forward to heading back to the city by the Bay soon enough, hopefully to share more of our Oregon grape juice!

 

Don’t forget, when you are enjoying a bottle of our wine, make sure to take a picture and share it with us on Facebook or via Twitter.  As well, you can always email me directly, Corey@LaborWines.com or call on cell, 702.466.0987.

 

Everything takes Labor to accomplish.  Labor Wines – A Labor of Love.

 

 

 

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Friday, August 15th, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

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