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July in Oregon & Magnum Labeling

This past week we had the chance to experience some special times in the Willamette Valley, labeling our 2012 Pinot Noir Magnums and visiting friends throughout the area.  The 2012 vintage in Oregon is being hailed as the ‘vintage of the decade’ with storybook conditions for bud break and harvest, with ripe and healthy fruit.  I strongly recommend purchasing all of the 2012 that you can find; some to enjoy now and more to lay down, as it will get better with age.

On Monday evening we enjoyed some fantastic wine country hospitality courtesy of my dear friend Alex Sokol Blosser, Co-President/Winemaker of his family’s winery, Sokol Blosser.  We enjoyed a selection of local cheeses and fresh vegetables from the garden along with their first release of Evolution Sparkling wine, a delicious choice for a gorgeous Oregon Summer early evening.  Sitting on the back patio, amidst the Pinot Noir vines and great company, it was a perfect night.

 

Tuesday morning, we ran by my favorite place to start the morning in McMinnville, Community Plate, operated and owned by Scott and Courtney Cunningham.  This is truly a ‘power couple’ in the Valley, who both have hearts of gold and believe in where they live.  I love having a chance to see these two friends, and of course enjoying my morning Hazelnut Milk Latte, a CP specialty!

Heading deeper into the country side, we made our way over to Elk Cove Vineyards, the family winery that happens to make our delicious wines.  Catching up with various members of the ECV team, who are all fantastic people, we spent some quality time with Heather Perkin, Associate Winemaker, who was good to taste us through some of the 2012 Single Vineyard wines and the 2013’s in tank, resting.

After getting some wine in our glasses, we began the task of hand-labeling our 2012 Magnums.  Let me tell you, this is not an easy process; lining up the labels on the bottle, making sure there are no bubbles, keeping the label straight and making sure everything looks good before peeling off the backing.  It took some time, but was well worth it seeing those 36 (only!) magnums lined up, ready to find new homes.

 

Coming back from our accomplished task, we stopped in Carlton and had a chance to enjoy lunch for the first time at The Horse Radish.  I was EXTREMELY pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, service and overall experience.  I had a locally raised, shaved ham sandwich on gluten-free bread with fig jam which was delicious, paired with a bottle of 2012 Penner-Ash Rubeo, a blend of Pinot Noir & Syrah.

Ending the day of tasting, we stopped in to see some friends over at Stoller Family Estate before they closed, tasting a variety of their valley offerings, including back vintages.  Funny enough, I think my highlight was actually their 2013 Rose of Pinot Noir, which was bright, lightly acidic, vibrant and full of flavor.

 

On Wednesday we ventured to see an old friend of mine, Margaret Barry, Director of Consumer Sales at Raptor Ridge.  Let me say, if you have never been to Raptor Ridge, GO NOW!  It is a gorgeous tasting room set atop the Chehalem Mountain range, with vines that cover the hillside and fantastic views over the valley.  We had a chance to taste through their line up and have some great conversation over cheeses and meats on their tasting room patio, what a great way to spend a morning in the wine country!  And, before we left, Margaret encouraged us to head out to the winery entrance and pick some Rainier Cherries off their trees, since they had so many.  I’ve never picked cherries before, but being at a vineyard, grabbing this fresh stone fruit and tasting how ripe and delicious it was, was truly special.

Bouncing around the valley some more, we visited Lee Medina of Sokol Blosser Winery, popping into their beautiful tasting room for a hello and quick taste of their new wines, before grabbing a late lunch at the Red Hills Market in Dundee, the Willamette’s baby-brother version of Oakville Grocer in Napa.  This is a great place for a cup of Stumptown coffee, quick lunch stop or centrally located meeting point, as most of the valley runs through there during the day at some point.

We then headed over to Bergstrom Winery, to taste their latest releases and visit with Erik, their Tasting Room manager.  I personally believe that Josh Bergstrom, winemaker and owner, is one of the most talented winemakers in the valley and I have always enjoyed his wines.  The star of the show was completely unexpected, their 2012 Sigrid Chardonnay.  I truly felt like I was drinking a White Burgundy; it had the polish, austerity, flavor, oak profile, fruit, depth and was just a joy to drink.  Erik and his team’s hospitality was fantastic in an idyllic setting, really special to enjoy.

 

Wrapping up the collection of days, we had our traditional dinner at Nick’s Italian Café in Downtown McMinnville.  Nick’s has been feeding the valley’s finest since 1977 and is THE winemaker’s hangout to share stories, swap bottles of wine and just to catch up with friends.  It has always been a casual spot to grab a bowl of pasta or pizza, but the menu has really been modernized with even more local produce and farm raised animals, courtesy of Nick’s son in law, Erik.  I love visiting this spot as it reminds me of the vast resources of the Willamette Valley and how you can truly embrace them.

 

It was another fantastic collection of experiences in the valley with an amazing group of people who are embracing the culture of hospitality and sharing their part of the world with visitors.  I’m glad that in a small way, we are a part of that fabric and am thrilled to be able to show others what Oregon is all about.  And remember, if you have a story, pictures enjoying Labor or would like to place an order, feel free and share 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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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Introducing our 2012 Pinot Noir!

Hello friends of Labor Wines!  Hope that each and every one of you are enjoying some gorgeous Spring time weather and getting ready for the official start of Summer.  It’s been a busy time for us at Labor Wines, with the changing seasons, travels, end of school and a new wine!

Yes ladies & gentlemen, the time has come for the release of our 2012 Pinot Noir.  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!  Our wine is growing each and every day, but at last tasting had delicious flavors of Marionberries, Currants, Blackberries, Strawberries, Crushed Violets and touch of Ginger.  Being that it was a warm year, we recommend putting a slight chill on the Pinot Noir and letting it come up to your desired temperature.

We will be releasing this wine in the coming weeks, so please let me know if I can put a case on hold for you and get it shipped out before the Summer Heat Wave!  Looking forward to speaking with each and every one of you soon.

Warm regards,

 

Corey

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Who’s thirsty for some FREE wine?!?

 

Hey friends!

 

Hope that you’re staying cool around the country with this crazy heat, but remember, it is still Summer! Just make sure you drink plenty of water and some wine along the way too.

 

For those here in Vegas braving the over 100 degree temperatures, I’ve got a treat for you.  We’ve setup another COMPLIMENTARY tasting for you all to come join us – this time, we’ll be at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, on Thursday, July 19th located at 9915 S. Eastern Avenue here in Las Vegas.  Check them out here for more information.

 

Khoury’s has supported us since the first vintage and has just added our Pinot Blanc as well.  We will be pouring both wines that evening, which is fantastic!  The tasting is being held from 5:30pm until 8:00pm, so you have plenty of time to make it down and sample the wines.  Look forward to seeing you there, can’t wait to raise a glass together!

 

If you have a story, pictures enjoying Labor or would like to place an order, feel free and share 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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Monday, July 9th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

EatDrink Tasting at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

This past Saturday afternoon, June 23rd we had a chance to visit with some of our favorite partners here in Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan Hotel and conduct a tasting in their EatDrink retail shop.  The hotel has been a supporter of ours since the beginning, pouring the Pinot Noir at their stylish and hip, Vesper Bar along with being served at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and Comme Ca.  With the new vintages, they now have both our Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc at EatDrink, a really cool gourmet store, featuring wines, cheeses and retail items.

 

 

The shop had Corey spend the afternoon pouring both of the wines, tasting out some of their regulars and a great collection of some of our Las Vegas supporters.  Check out photos of the event here to see everyone having a great time!  EatDrink’s staff has already invited us back to host another tasting later this Summer and they are thrilled to be partners with us at Labor Wines.

 

 

In addition to the next tasting with them, we’ll be visiting with the great folks over at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Las Vegas coming up in July – date to be determined, so we will let you all know for sure soon!  We’re also planning a visit to New York City later this Summer, in August and hopefully will be tasting some of our back East friends then too.

 

 

If you have a story, pictures enjoying Labor or would like to place an order, feel free and share 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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Monday, June 25th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

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