Obsession in the Willamette Valley, Part Four

Part four of Obsession in the Willamette Valley covers a visit to Gran Moraine and Zena Crown for some top-notch pinot noir and chardonnay that reflects winemaker Shane Moore’s obsession with life.

Obsession in the Willamette Valley, Part Two

Obsession in the Willamette Valley details a trip to Oregon wine country and the wineries, wines and personalities encountered along the way.

Oregon Wine Month Extravaganza

Oregon Wine Month 2018 may be over, but not the love for the state’s extraordinary wines. Here are 15 reasons to explore Oregon’s wines anytime of the year.

The Black Magic of Winemaking: Tannins

Tannins determine a lot about a wine, including an important driver of our wine preferences. Winemakers and consumers have a long way to go to understanding tannins.

Doing big things quietly: Rombauer delivers

Picture credit: rombauer.com I started Good Vitis to document my journey to find as much good wine as I can. Much of this journey had been underway well before the start of the website, although the winemaker dinner has been a new excursion owed entirely to this blog . Until Good Vitis I had avoided these…Read more Doing big things quietly: Rombauer delivers

When (and Why) You Should Attend a Winemaker Dinner

A Gran Moraine vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton (Picture: oregonlive.com) Winemaker dinners, usually advertised for $100-plus per person, are a thing of luxury and, unless you live in a decently sized wine market, a bit of a rarity. I’ve stayed away from them because they seem like a rip off. I imagined the wine pours, food portions,…Read more When (and Why) You Should Attend a Winemaker Dinner

Jeff Morgan: California and Israeli winemaker on why he makes wine in both places

This is the second in a series of interviews with winemakers who have experience making wine in Israel. The first interview featured Shane Moore of Zena Crown Vineyards in Oregon. This time around I spoke with Jeff Morgan, co-owner and vintner of Covenant Wines in California. While both have vineyard and winemaking experience in Israel, their…Read more Jeff Morgan: California and Israeli winemaker on why he makes wine in both places

Oregon Star Winemaker: I made wine among the landmines

Picture: One of Golan Heights Winery’s vineyards (credit: Israel 21c) My wine-drinking buddy Isaac Baker of Terriorist recently published very positive reviews of an Oregon producer called Zena Crown Vineyard. Isaac is pretty conservative with his points and when I saw how many he gave to Zena Crown I knew I had to look into…Read more Oregon Star Winemaker: I made wine among the landmines