Please join us Wens the 22nd to check out all the pictures and the wines from Bonnie's Spanish pilgrimage.
Join us to Feb. 15th from 5-8pm to taste with winemaker Jessica Mozeico from Et Fille. Flight of four $20.
Champagne Fri. the 10th & Sat. the 11th
Flight of four $26
Grains de Celles Extra Brut
Grain de Celles Rose Extra Brut
L'Osmose Extra Brut
Young, hip and already making a splash in Champagne, Aurelien Gerbais at the age of 23 is headlining his families Domaine. He is the fourth generation to work the land located in Celles sur Ource in the Aube,
The families holdings are a fair amount larger than many of his small grower/producer neighbors with 18 hectares of vines. After WWII champagne's popularity soared and his Grandfather Pierre not only being a fan but also a business man began to buy up property quickly. This has left Aurelien with 18 hectares to play with, 10 hecatres of Pinot Noir, 4 of Chardonnay and the always elusive Pinot Blanc filling in the final four. Unlike other small grower producers, he is actually the second generation in his family to farm and produce organic and biodynamic wines. Story goes that his Grandmother got very ill from herbicides and pesticides while tirelessly working the fields (apparently the first to bitch about the messy grass full vineyards though). Due to his families early movement to organic (in the early 90's) he has been able to witness the conversion and watch the difference needed in the cellar such as sulfites and native yeasts.
Beautiful labels and gorgeous wines, we are excited to share!
Champagne Friday the 27th & Sat. the 28th
Blanc de Blancs
Flight of three $28
Louis Roederer 2009
Ulysse Collin Les Pierrieres
This week we are featuring some old favorites from a few different producers, the theme though is Blanc de Blancs. Blanc de Blancs directly translates to "Whites from Whites" or better know as Champagne produced of 100% Chardonnay (or occasionally Pinot Blanc).
We here at OWOB are particularly fond of Blanc de Blancs due to its complexity, its finesse, its tendency to be bone dry, its high acid and its ability to pair with fried chicken perfectly.
The main Champagne districts for Blanc de Blancs are the Côte des Blancs and Côte de Sézanne, the two subregions where the best Chardonnay is grown. The Côte des Blancs is particularly famous for its Chardonnay and six grand cru villages: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Oiry. In Champagne, unlike Burgundy, the grand cru classification is linked to villages and not vineyards. The designation denotes not only the highest-quality grapes—but also, generally, those that command the highest prices.
What can we say, we always like the expensive stuff, we can't help ourselves.
Champagne Fri. the 6th & Sat. the 7th
Flight of four $28
Cuvee des Crayeres
Blanc de Blancs
Blanc de Noirs
Thank you everyone who came out to our NYE party, we had a blast!
This week for our flight we will be featuring Eric Rodez. Eric and Martine are 8th generation of a family that has been producing since 1757 in Ambonnay.
Eric knew that one day he would be taking over the family business and prepared accordingly, he spent a lot of time traveling to different regions and learning techniques from far and wide, most notably a stint in Alsace which taught him the ways of biodynamic and organic farming practices. That of course should not to be overshadowed by his time at Krug where he learned oenology as their cellar master, here he honed his skills as a master blender.
He took over the helm of Rodez in 1984 and quickly went to work converting his 6 hectares to be more biodyanmically and naturally farmed.
In a region made up of primarily Pinot Noir, Eric stands out with his plots being 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. This is where his skills he learned at Krug really come into play. He vinifies 60 different base wines from 36 different plots. Each year the blending is completely different, some wines are placed in tanks, but primarily in casks, some go through malolactic fermentation, some do not. He finds the addition of the Chardonnay to aid with brightness, while the oak adds complexity and richness.
His stuff is really special, hope to see you all here.
Please come ring in the New Year with us down at OWOB we have ALL the Champagne and DJ Atom 13 on the turn tables from 9-2:30am spinning a mix of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, 70's, 80's and Electro.
Due to weather and the inability of the winery to make it, the Sip & Shop will be postponed. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope you are all warm and safe.
Champagne Fri. the 9th & Sat. the 10th
Flight of three $24
Resonance Extra Brut
Efflorescence Extra Brut '12
Concordance Extra Brut '12
Happy Snow Day everyone! Hope you are all safe, sound and warm. I believe that Champagne is a perfect pairing with blowing everything off, so here we go.minque Moreau's grandmother who she describes as a "woman of the earth".
First founded in 2005 with the plan and sole purpose to produce a series of single vineyard, single varietal and single vintage Champagnes (which we all have come to learn has not been the norm in Champagne for many years).
She has done her Grandmother proud with her respect for the earth and vineyard. Dominque farms biodynamically, hand picks the grapes and lets the terrior do the talking. The wines are fermented with natural yeasts that have been selected from their vineyards and cultivated separately. These native yeasts are used for both the primary and secondary fermentations. Also, the wines see no dosage after disgorgement.
She also sounds like she'd fit right in here in Portland with some very hippy woo-woo practices. One of her techinques involves using a pendulum (often used in energy healing practices) in both the vineyard and cellar to aid in evaluating both the evolution of the grapes on the vine as well as the wine during élévage. She explains that the pendulum changes its natural rhythm and swing based on the energy emitted from a living being, whether person, vineyard, or wine.
Come slodge your way down and come see us.
Don't want to watch the debate? We don't either so instead, we are going to do a terroir comprehensive Pinot Noir tasting for all of us to buff up on our knowledge and tasting skills. This Wednesday the 19th from 6-8pm we will be joined by James Cahill, winemaker and partner for North Valley, Brian Sypher who is the general manager of Soter and our very own favorite Mary Davis.
We will be tasting all 2012's from 4 different AVA's with notes and discussion.
It is going to be a blast and also very educational. We are excited to share this experience with you and can't wait to see all your smiling faces!
Meet the designer behind unique, UK-based brand Klements & shop her fall collection at the Jane's Vanity Klements Trunkshow at Oregon Wines on Broadway!
London-based designer Charlotte Allen creates all the unique prints featured on her scarves and fashion-forward women's apparel by digitally manipulating her own photography and hand-drawings. These creations are wearable, chic, and incredibly eye-catching; most often constructed from 100% silk or silk/cashmere blends.
Meet the designer in-person and shop her AW16-17 collection on from . Sip a glass of wine & view the original artwork that transformed into elegant scarves, blouses, dresses & skirts.
Hey guys, after discovering that the Presidential debate will be showing at the same time as our tasting we have decided to postpone the event.