Stuart Pigott has spent lots of time exploring the world of Riesling, and has just released his book, Best White Wine On Earth: The Riesling Story. He maintains a Riesling focused blog, and came to Portland to participate in the 2014 Riesling Invasion. He was kind enough to taste a few wines with us, and to discuss some ideas about pairings, and Oregon wine culture. We taste the 2013 Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Estate Riesling, the 2011 Viento Dry Riesling from Old Vines, and the 2012 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Riesling.   What is the best Oregon Riesling not mentioned in Stuart’s book? He’s offered a bottle of Riesling from his personal cellar to the best answer!

Chas picked up a couple of bottles from Storyteller Wine Company last week, and they came in handy when we decided to do a show on fairly short notice. We weren’t sure that we’d get one together this week, but everything worked out. These two wines are current releases, and very nice examples of what sparkling wines without dosage can taste like. We taste the 2011 Kramer Brut Zero Dosage, and the Syncline Scintillation.   What are some of your favorite sparkling wines from the West Coast of the United States?

After tasting the 2012 Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve in episode 218, the Bergstroms reached out to us, and were kind enough to send us some samples. We’ve had limited experience with their single vineyard Pinot Noirs, so this was a great chance to learn about what Josh does with these different sites. We picked our favorite four to taste for this week’s show. They are the 2011 Bergstrom Vineyard, the 2012 Gregory Ranch, the 2012 Shea Vineyard, and the 2012 Temperance Hill.

 

What was the last time you had a high end wine that delivered?

Andreas Resch is a fifth generation wine maker in Germany’s Saar Valley. His wines are imported into the United States by the Teutonic Wine Company, and they were kind enough to introduce us to him when he visited. He focuses on making light and clear wines that show depth without being too heavy. He’s a member of Slow Food, and farms with the intent of keeping the land healthy for future generations. We tasted all four of his wines that are currently available in the United States, and had a great conversation. We taste the Anna Lioba Sparkling Rosé, the 2012 Wiltinger Klosterberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken, the 2012 Wiltinger Schlangengraben Riesling Kabinett Newton, and the 2012 Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese.

 

 

Matt makes his wine under the Love and Squalor label, and has always focused on Pinot Noir and Riesling. He’s put a lot of care into his Riesling since the beginning, and it shows. We enjoy his wines, and we’re happy to have the opportunity to taste with him on an episode. He talks a bit about the past couple of vintages, and his wine making history as well as the wines at hand. Together we taste the 2012 Willamette Valley Riesling, the 2011 Antsy Pants Riesling, the 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Antsy Pants Pinot Noir.

 

What was the last live concert that The Clash performed? When was it? What was it? What were the circumstances?

We often get questions about entry level wines, we like to check in on current releases too. While Dan was at a tasting recently, three bottles caught his eye, and we’re happy to check them out. Chas is happy to be tasting more 2012s. We have the 2012 Witness Tree Chainsaw Pinot Noir, the 2012 Lorelle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Raptor Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.   What restaurant do you miss the most?

The Eyrie Vineyards has always been one of our favorite wineries, and when Paloma reached out to see if we were interested in a few samples, we were happy to give them a try. On a recent visit, Dan had enjoyed and purchased a different bottle from them, and thought it would be a good addition to the line up. We don’t taste a lot of Pinot Gris on the show, but these are notable in quality, and because the Original Vines bottling is from the first Pinot Gris planted in the United States. In this show, we taste the Eyrie Vineyards 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, the 2012 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris “Original Vines”, and the 2012 Eyrie Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Gris.

Do you have any stories about getting your car stolen?

Jay Christianson is the wine make for Canyon Wind Cellars, and reached out to us after seeing episode 202. He let us know that the Pinot Gris we tried was a couple of years off of the current vintage, and offered to send us some wines that would better represent what Canyon Wind Cellars is trying to do. Chas and I were excited about the chance to educate ourselves about wines from another state, and we received the two wines tasted in this show. We talk about the 2012 Canyon Wind Petit Verdot and the 2012 Anemoi Lips Syrah.

Where is your favorite place in Colorado?

Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon have worked many different jobs in the local wine scene, and are some of Oregon’s best known wine professionals. A few years ago, they launched their own label, Walter Scott. We’ve had a few of their wines on the show in the past, and were very excited to have a chance to share a show with them at their home and winery in the Eola-Amity Hills. We talk about wines around the world, a bit of sports, and taste the 2012 Walter Scott Freedom Hill Pinot Noir, the 2012 Walter Scott Dumb Ox Pinot Noir, and a barrel sample of 2013 Chardonnay from the Vojtilla vineyard.

 

Who is your favorite player for the Portland Trail Blazers?

John and Jody Wrigley have been making wine for a few years in the McMinnville AVA, but we just heard about them recently. They invited us out to taste, and we thought it was a good chance to try some wines from a new producer on the show. We had fun chatting with them, and enjoyed the wines. For the show, we selected the 2013 J. Wrigley Riesling, the 2013 J. Wrigley Rosé of Pinot Noir, and the 2012 J. Wrigley Proposal Block Pinot Noir.

What is your favorite food pairing for Riesling, Pinot Noir Rosé with a little residual sugar, and/or Pinot noir?