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April 2022

It seems these days that the focus in wine has become on the hyper-specific single varietal wines. Not only is this a Pinot Noir but it’s a Pinot Noir from these three rows of this particular vineyard. Those wines can be amazing – full of character and interesting qualities – but they can be pricey too.

And in this hyper-specific world, blends often get left behind. Contrary to what some misguided souls believe, blends can be of extraordinary quality. As much artistry as chemistry, blending is used to maximize the expression of a wine — enhancing aromas, color, texture, body and finish, making more well-rounded and complex wines. They are a great way to see the style of a winemaker shine through.

So, this month, we’re exploring that artistry by tasting some amazing Oregon blends that, combined, showcase some of Oregon’s finest wine regions.

Our first red blend is a French Bordeaux-style blend from Portland urban winery Willful Wines. Our second red blend is a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah from Southern Oregon’s Naumes Suncrest Winery.

Our first white is a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier from Portland’s 51 Weeks Winemaking. And just in time for spring weather, we are featuring our first rosé of the year from Varnum Vintners, a blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Tempranillo!

These are all high quality, great value wines that are complex and unique. I hope you’ll enjoy them and the great stories of the winemakers behind them.