Episode 277: Tasting Sake At Nodoguro With Paul Willenberg

Our friend Paul runs the beverage program at Nodoguro in Portland. He recently asked us in to give us an introduction to sake, and talk a little bit about what he’s doing at the restaurant. We discuss some of the basics of sake production and tasting, and taste the following: Toyonoaki “Karakuchi Kingoro” Junmai, Takacho

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Episode 276: New Wines From John Grochau

John Grochau has previously been on Episode 85 and Episode 124, but it’s been a while since we’ve gotten to chat with him about his latest projects. Grochau Cellars has moved into the old Brooks tasting room, in the Eola Amity Hills, and he brought a handful of new wines for us to taste together.

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Episode 275: Brooks Wines With Jess Pierce

Our friend Jess joined the team at Brooks a while ago, and we’re happy to have finally had a chance to get her on the show. In Episode 207, we talked about the history of the vineyards with Don Byard. In this show we discuss some of the current releases, and Jess’s thoughts on local

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Episode 274: 5 Year Vertical of Matello Fool’s Journey

Marcus Goodfellow of Matello Wines has been a friend of WISB for many years, and recently asked if we’d be interested in doing a vertical of his Syrah/Viognier blend. The Fool’s Journey made a huge impression on Chas, a few years back, and he still talks about Syrah as one of the Willamette Valley’s most

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Episode 273: Trying Wine From India

Our friend Matt has a colleague that was able to bring some wine back from India for us to try. We had heard that good bottles can be found, and were excited to try something new and so difficult to find. This was shot immediately following last week’s show, which explains why things are louder


Episode 272: Current Wines from Random Wine Company

Our friend Beau joins us again to talk about his wines. We talked about his Tempranillo and Petit Verdot in an earlier show, and this week he brought along some wines he’s released since then. He’s continued to work with a number of different varieties of grapes and styles, and created interesting and delicious wines

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Episode 271: More Blind Global Riesling

Chas picked out three bottles of Riesling for Dan to try double blind, knowing they could come from anywhere in the world. He selected the 2013 Elk Cove Late Harvest Riesling, the 2013 Dönnhoff Riesling, and the 2010 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River Riesling. What is your favorite pan fried fish?

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Wine Is Serious Business 270: Current Release Pinot Gris

We picked out a range of Northwest Pinot Gris for the show this week.Swick Wines offered us a sample of his 2014 Les Sous-Bois Pinot Gris, and it reminded us that we haven’t done a Pinot Gris show in quite some time. Dan picked up the 2013 Arbor Brook Croft Vineyard Pinot Gris after enjoying