(In October we featured wines from California, this month we feature wines from Oregon. We have decided to focus on our western states to show support after their disastrous summer and fall of heat and fire damage.) Willamette Valley Vineyards was founded in 1983 by vintner Jim Bernau. Jim’s father was an attorney for California winemaker Richard Sommer, and secured the first winery license in Oregon since prohibition for Richard. In return, Jim’s father had access to the excellent wines created by Richard Sommer. He allowed Jim small tastes of the wines at the dinner table and that set Jim on... View Article
Susan's Wine Club
Do you enjoy exploring different wines, wineries, vintages, appellations, and varieties? Would you like to save money on each wine purchase? Then, Susan’s Wine Club is for you. Each month, we carefully select two different wines for your enjoyment. The selection usually includes one white and one red, but we’ll occasionally mix it up by possibly including a rosé or a sparkling wine. At the beginning of each month, your wines are packaged, we notify you by e-mail and you’re charged $34.99 for these two bottles. You can come by the store any time and pick them up. We even hold them for you if you’re out of town.
The wines we select are chosen to help expand your taste, your experience. They might be varieties you’ve never encountered before, or they might be from regions you never would have considered. The wine-club selections are always delightful, quality choices and are a great value with the normal shelf price of each typically ranging from $16.99 to over $20. And you get both for $34.99. The wine club offers additional benefits:
- Wine Club members get a 10% discount on all wine purchases regardless of quantity.
- Wine Club members get discounts and priority access to limited-seating seminars.
- Occasionally, wineries make promotional items available to us and we give those to Wine Club members.
- Membership can be cancelled or even suspended at any time, so part-year residents can enjoy Wine Club membership.
Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits Wine Club Selections
2018 PINOT GRIS In 2018, the growing season was a warmer than average in Oregon, but there were no heat spikes. The days were warm and the nights cool, allowing the vines to develop fruit with great complexity and flavors. The goal of the winemaker was to create a Pinot Gris with richness and a big mouthfeel but with an elegance and an ability to age. To this end the grapes were picked at peak ripeness and whole clusters were lightly pressed. The must (freshly crushed juice) was cold settled and racked into another stainless steel tank. It was then... View Article