Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wine Wednesday

For Wine Wednesday this week we're heading to the Dundee Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Erath Winery is one of my favorites, and I have really been seeing it on lots of restaurant lists these days.  They have been growing and farming grapes on their land outside of Portland for over 40 years.  Dick Erath is one of the pioneers of Oregon winemaking.

They make a few different styles of Pinot.  First, their Oregon style wines are the most affordable, ready to drink wines.  Then is the more refined Estate and Single Vineyard selections and finally the limited Les Magique.

The Oregon collection is the focus of today's post.  This is a great wine, and we've been drinking it a lot over the last few months.  At Costco and Wegmans it's about $14.60 and it's $16 at Total Wine.  This is a great bottle for a nice dinner or to take to parties - and it's also a screwcap!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention their estate line.  If I remember correctly, this is one of the first bottles of Erath I had.  It's definitely a bit pricier, up around $28.  It's listed on their website for $34. Keep it on your list for next time you need a nice bottle of Pinot.

According to the Erath website, in 2010 "10 out of 10 Erath single vineyard Pinot Noirs from the 2006 vintage received ratings of 90 points or higher from the industry’s top publications including theWine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate."  

They also make some whites - Pinot Gris (which I've found at Costco, it was delicious!), Pinot Blanc and Gew├╝rztraminer, but they might be harder to find.

Next time you see Erath on a wine list or in the store, grab a bottle!  Cheers!

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