Sunday, April 17, 2011

Red Burgundy

Red Burgundy

A big "thank you" goes to Roger and Chris Wooley for once again hosting the Portland Confrerie annual Red Burgundy event.
Starter wines for the day were two Chablis wines.

2008 Dom Bernard Defaix Chablis

2008 Dom Bernard Defaix Chablis Vielles Vignes

The focus this year was Chambolle-Musigny. The following was pulled from the Wikipedia site.

Wine and viticulture is the main business of Chambolle-Musigny. The village name is also an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) for red wine with Pinot Noir as the main grape. There are also 25 vineyards classified as Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, the most famous of these Les Amoureuses, and two Grand Cru vineyards: Musigny and Bonnes Mares.[1] It is Musigny which has lent its name to the village as a suffix. The trend of adding a vineyard name as a suffix started in 1847 by Gevrey successfully applying to the king to add Chambertin as a suffix to its name. This trend started off as a result of a clever marketing strategy to be able to use the name of the most famous vineyard also as part of the name of simpler wines from the same village. Thus, Chambolle became Chambolle-Musigny in 1882.
Towering high above the other vineyards stands Le Musigny, a 10.86 ha piece of land owned and exploited by no less than ten different wine producers. Producers include Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, Domaine Georges Roumier, Domaine Leroy, Domaine J.-F. Mugnier, Maison Louis Jadot and Maison Joseph Drouhin. It is most famously described as "the queen of all Burgundy" and "an iron fist in a velvet glove". Classed as a Grand Cru vineyard, it is one of two such classed vineyards on the commune.
The other is the majority of Les Bonnes Mares. 13.54 ha lie in Chambolle with a further 1.52 ha technically within neighbouring Morey-Saint-Denis (which like Chambolle adopted the name of one of its four Grands Crus, Saint-Denis). Bonnes Mares is generally considered to be firmer and more tannic. Most producers of Musigny also happen to own or exploit land in Bonnes Mares.
There are two dozen Premier Cru vineyards, most at least of good quality. One bears special mention, however. Les Amoureuses, a small 5.4 ha climat is considered better than the other 23 Premiers Crus. It is generally considered to be a very close sibling to Musigny itself, with perhaps less longevity and less all-out power; but one which is closer in style to Musigny than Bonnes Mares. The wines tend to be very expensive like a Grand Cru as well and most producers blessed enough to own a parcel of this tiny vineyard enjoy high incomes.

The 8 wines we tasted were as follows:

2003 Christian Clerget Village
2006 Patrice Rion 1ER Cru Millesime
2007 Patrice Rion 1ER Cru Millesime
1999 Christian Clerget Les Charmes 1ER

2003 Christian Clerget Les Charmes 1ER
2004 Michael & Patrice Rion Les Charmes 1ER
2006 Michael & Patrice Rion Les Charmes 1ER
2007 Michael & Patrice Rion Les Charmes 1ER

Tasting Notes

As always this is a highly anticipated event with stellar wines. Well done Roger!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Grgich Hills

In February we were fortunate enough to have Sharon House welcome us to her home for a tasting of Grgich Hills wine. Grigich Hills is an "old school" Napa producer.

Mike's most celebrated achievement came in 1976 when a Chardonnay he crafted for Chateau Montelena beat the very best wines in France in a now famous blind tasting in Paris. This event that stunned the wine world catapulted the Napa Valley into the front ranks of the leading wine-producing regions of the world. "For years, everybody in the world believed that only French soils could produce great wines," Mike explains. "We shattered that myth. That was probably the most significant result of the Paris tasting.
Sharon being the hostess with the mostest

The tasting lineup included:

2007 Fume Blanc
2007 Chardonnay

2006 Grgich Hills Merlot
2006 Grgich Hills Zinfandel
2003 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet
2004 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet
2005 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet
2006 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet

Monday, January 24, 2011

Feast of St. Vincent

Well, 2011 kicked off in fine form with the Portland Chapter's Feast of St. Vincent. Once again this year the event was held at the Oregon Culinary Institute.The event featured a champagne reception along with appetizers done by our own outgoing Chancelier Norm Schoen.
Cheese / Meat /Vegetables

Smoked Salmon Crostini

As always the Oregon Culinary Institute did a fantastic job with hosting and giving us a first class dining experience.

Feast of St. Vincent Menu


Roasted Cauliflower Soup – Brown Butter Croutons

Butternut Squash Fritter – Quince Dipping Sauce


Blood Orange and Pomegranate Salad –Arugula, Pistachio, Ricotta Salata and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Belgian Endive Salad – Fuji Apple, Oregon Blue Cheese, Rosemary Roasted Walnuts and Cider Vinaigrette

Roasted Pumpkin Salad – Frisée, Pickled Raisins, Toasted Hazelnuts

& Dry Jack Cheese with Saba Vinaigrette


Dungeness Crab Paperdelle – White Wine, Meyer Lemon

w/ Shaved White Truffle, Fennel Pollen and Cream

Cider-Braised Duck Leg – Rainbow Chard and Roasted Apple

w/ Bacon, Raisin, Duck Liver and Pecan Stuffing

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder – Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

& Grilled Radicchio with Maple Gastrique

Grilled Venison– Parsnip-Potato Purée, Sweet

& Sour Glazed Cippolini Onions and Cavolo Nero


O.C.I. Chocolate Dream Torte

Rum Baba – Citrus Supremes and Crème Chantilly

Angel Food Cake – Sorbet Trio

Crème Brûlée –Shortbread Cookies

Chancelier Steve Lutz helped make the evening more festive by providing champagne flutes for the event (who knew that flutes could be both pink and light up?). Also Steve presented beautiful decanter's to members who had stepped up and hosted events during the year 2010. What a way to start the New Year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

2011 Schedule of Events

In December we held our annual planning meeting on the houseboat of Arlene Harwood. With appetizer and a bunch of sparking wine and about 2 hours we were able to pull together the upcoming schedule for 2011.
A big thank you goes to Arlene for hosting this event and I want to thank all of the members who stepped up and hosted events in 2010. This should really be a special year.

January 21st-Feast of St. Vincent - Oregon Culinary Institute

February 20th-Grgich Hills Winery Event

Hosted by Sharon House

March 20th-James Beard Chefs Event - Multnomah Athletic Club

Hosted by Judy Erdman & Dick Stinson

April 17th-Red Burgundy

Hosted by Roger & Chris Wooley

May 5th-8th-Spring Fling-Paso Robles
Hosted by Sam Sundeleaf & Norm Schoen

June 26th-TBD

Hosted by Doc Wilson

July 17th-Willamette Valley Bus Tour - Salem

Hosted by Yvonne Smith

August 20th-21st-Initiation

September 18th-Syrah- Northern Rhone vs. E. Washingon
Steve Lutz, Kimberly Mick & Yvonne Smith

October 16th-Italian-Amarone

Hosted by Julie Virell

November 20th-Austrailian -

Yvonne Newman

December 11th-Planning meeting

Hosted by Arlene Harwood

2011 Officers

Chancelier-Steve Lutz

Treasurer-Kimberly Mick

Secretary-Norm Schoen

Sargent at Arms-Sam Sundeleaf

Historian-Doc Wilson

Monday, September 27, 2010

White Burgundy-The Red Wine of White Wine

Robert Volz
Wine lineup

Wines and Pricing

A big "thank you" goes out to Kimberly Mick and Steve Lutz for hosting the September event at their home. In September we had a chance to explore the White wines of Burgundy and this gave us a chance to see what Chardonnay does on the other side of the world.
This lineup really delivered. In general the wines were crisp, concentrated, complex and everything you could want in a white wine. With only two wines of the 11 wine flight coming in at more that $30/bottle this was a tremendous group of wines

Monday, August 23, 2010

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir-2008

This month we sampled the much anticipated 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir vintage.
The lineup included:
First Flight
2006 Panther Creek-Shea Vineyard
2007 Chien Lunatique-Holstein Vineyard
2008 Lange-Willamette Valleys

Second Flight
2008 Sineann-Willamette Valley
2008 Patricia Green-Croft Vineyard
2008 Bethel Heights-Willamette Valley
2008 Seven of Hearts-Willamette Valley
2008 J. Christopher-Willamette Valley
2008 Westrey-Abbey Ridge Vineyard

Sam Sundeleaf-Table Spokesman

Robert Volz-our own almost Master Sommelier

The 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir's are supposed to be the vintage of the decade.
This month we tasted a representative sampling of large and small producers with an eye on seeing what this vintage might hold for the future.
We started with a small first flight that showcased a 2006, 2007 and 2008 wine. Next up we did a flight of the fabled 2008.
In my humble opinion the 2006 Panther Creek-Shea Vineyard beat the pants off of everything in the first two flights. As good as the 2008 vintage is supposed to be, this lineup seemed awkward, angular and just not a QPR (quality price ratio) vintage.
This vintage seems to have a ton (figuratively) of fruit, but the wines are not showing much in the way of spice, complexity or nuance.
Definitely the wines of the night were the single vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot's cracked when it was time for dinner. Standouts include a 2006 Archery Summit-Premier Cuvee, a 2004 Patricia Green-Goldschmidt Vineyard and a 2006 Domaine Drouhin-Laurene.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Columbia Gorge Trip

Usually we take a winery tour just once a year. In July long time club members Liz Carpenter and Yvonne Smith organized a Charter Bus tour out to the Columbia Gorge about 90 minutes East of Portland. While the Columbia Gorge appellation is almost as close as many of the wineries in the Willamette Valley, the wine experience is an entirely different world.
Instead of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay the grape varietal in the Columbia Gorge are Rhone varietals (Syrah, Mouvedre, Viognier) and Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc).
The tour that was put together included:

Erin Glen-The Dalles, Oregon
Syncline-Lyle, Washington
Jacob Willams-Lyle, Washington
The Pines 1852-Hood River

The tour left Portland early Sunday morning on the 18th and we were treated to Sparkling wines on our way to the Dalles and Erin Glenn winery. After a tour and lunch of Salmon, Roasted Asparagus and wonderful Potato salad we were on our way to Syncline Winery. Syncline is just across the Columbia River from The Dalles and they specialize in Rhone varietal grapes.
Next up was Jacob Williams (also in Lyle) and then off to The Pines 1852 where we were treated to there The Pines vineyard Zinfandel which comes from a vineyard that is the oldest in Oregon (100+ years........and one of my favorites).
We had a wonderful trip and an amazing time. If you missed this trip......
it sucks to be you!
Syncline Winery-Lyle, Washington
Erin Glenn, The Dalles, Oregon
Sam Sundeaf at Erin Glenn
Sharon House at Erin Glenn