IDIOT’S GRACE

Idiot’s Grace 8450 Highway 30 Mosier OR 97040 (541) 399-5259 idiotsgrace.com   21 ac – 24,000 bt Coin Prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent excellent value.   PEOPLE The land and constituent components of Idiot’s Grace Farm—cherry and pear orchards, vineyards and vegetable gardens—are currently under the stewardship of a team of talented, …

There is nothing to cry about – Lacrima di Morro d’Alba is a nice and smiling wine!

In this weekly column, we hope to lead you to a destination of uncommon pleasure and discovery among the plethora of Italy’s native wine grapes. Home to more grape varieties than any other country, Italy’s wine diversity is often described as endless. Many of these varieties are so climate specific that they cannot be transplanted …

Slow Wine World Tour comes into the United States

The acclaimed Slow Wine Guide continues its adventure into the US, welcoming an even more diverse selection of high quality and sustainably produced wines. Enjoy tastings from more than 60 of Italy’s best producers, as well as a selected group from California and, for the first time ever, Oregon! With the 2019 guide, the editors …

Meet our field editors: Leslie Rosa, writer, sommelier, gastronomic entrepreneur

As editor in chief Giancarlo Gariglio likes to point out, one of the things that sets the Slow Wine guide apart from others is the fact that “it tells the grape growers’ and winemakers’ stories.” We make a point of visiting every estate in person in order to better learn and tell those stories. And …

BIEN NACIDO & SOLOMON HILLS

Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills  2963 Grand Ave. Suite B Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 691-9913 biennacidoestate.com   650 ac – 590.000 bt Bottle prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE The Miller family began planting vines in the early 1970’s. Their grapes are highly sought after, as they …

DOMAINE DROUHIN OREGON

Domaine Drouhin Oregon 6750 NE Breyman Orchards Rd. Dayton OR 97114 (503) 864-2700 domainedrouhin.com 130 ac – 294,000 bt Bottle prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE The Drouhins have been making wine in Burgundy France since the 1880s, but became interested in Oregon after David Lett of the …

LARKMEAD VINEYARDS

Larkmead Vineyards 1100 Larkmead Ln. Calistoga CA 94515 (707) 942-0167 larkmead.com   110 ac – 90,000 bt   PEOPLE In the late 1880s the rambunctious daughter of San Francisco’s genteel Hitchcock family was sent to live a more decorous life in the countryside. Lillie Hitchcock called the estate Larkmead after the numerous finches on the …

BROOKS WINE

BROOKS WINE – Snail Award 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Ln. Amity OR 97101 (503) 435-1278 brookswine.com 19 ac – 264,000 bt   When you make about twenty different versions of the variety per year, you can rightfully call yourself “the house of Riesling,” at least in the Pinot-centric Willamette Valley   PEOPLE The unexpected passing …

Slow Wine 2019: California expands and Oregon debuts

With more than 50 estates added to this year’s California guide and 50 estates appearing in the debut edition of the Oregon guide, the 2019 Slow Wine guide covers more ground than ever before.  The Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California and Oregon 2019 is the fruit of a team of highly talented and dedicated …

HEITZ CELLAR

  HEITZ CELLAR (BOTTLE) 436 St. Helena Hwy. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-3542 heitzcellar.com PEOPLE Joe and Alice Heitz were pioneers of the modern American winemaking era. The couple purchased their first property in 1961, a time when only 12 wineries were left in the Napa Valley following the scourge of Prohibition. The incipient …