|A row of carmine at Kramer Vineyards- fall of 2011|
Now perhaps you are curious exactly what we mean when we suggest "Obscure and Uncommon Northwest Varietals". Here are some examples:
Abacela is a winery located in Roseburg, Oregon. I have tasted through their wines a few times and they are of great quality. They do make a grenache, however, it is not listed on their website. We found a bottle at a wine shop, so they are in circulation. They do have a grenache rose listed on their website, which is a wine I would love to try! Perhaps I can get my hands on a bottle for this tasting!
In southern Oregon there are several wineries that are producing tempranillo. Tempranillo is a wine that I am not completely familiar with and I would love to get to know it a lot more! I went to a tempranillo tasting earlier this year where I had my first Oregon tempranillo and I fell in love. I see Oregon tempranillo on shelves in wine shops around Portland, but I would really love to see more of it avaliable. A few tempranillo producers in Oregon are Abacela, Anna Maria (Valley View Winery), and Roxy Ann.
This is a wine that has my sweet spot. It was the first wine that I ever really loved to enjoy, and I can drink it year round. I love it either still or as a sparkling wine. It pairs beautifully with spicy foods, especially Thai cuisine. The two producers I will mention for muller-thurgau is Kramer Vineyards and Montinore. Kramer produces both a sparkling and still version of muller while Montinore produces only the still. Unfortunatly Montinore is all sold out of 2010 muller-thurgau at this time, so I look forward to their next release in the spring. I am currently on the hunt for other mullers, so if you discover a muller that you love, please share with me!
So please grab a glass, a wine that you feel fits the category, and join us on twitter!