Grape of the Week: Gamay
By: Jeff S Cameron
Posted: Nov. 23, 2012

Beaujolais Nouveau of November fame is made exclusively with the Gamay grape. The grape, the full name of which is Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, is believed to have originated near the village of Gamay in east-central France as far back as the mid-14th century. Learn about its history and flavor profile.

If all the hype about wine pairings is getting old, consider this alternative approach for your Thanksgiving meal. WineTable writer Angelique Vinther says in the season of crowded stores and crazy relatives, it’s really the last thing you need to worry about. So enjoy the mish-mash of flavors and follow these few simple guidelines.

Pumpkin Pie and Wine, Oh my…
By: Robin Salls
Posted: Nov. 21, 2012

What would a Thanksgiving dinner be without a piece of pumpkin pie to finish off the meal? Pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving Day go hand in hand, but pairing a wine to go with that piece of pie can be challenging. Here are some wines to pair with that wonderfully dense dessert full of large notes of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.

Riesling, Gewürztraminer & Beaujolais Nouveau are often the wines suggested for pairing with a traditional Thanksgiving feast. But how about venturing into new territory? Try these suggestions from WineTable writer Jeff S. Cameron.

A Mashed Potato Match
By: Jeff S Cameron
Posted: Nov. 20, 2012

One of my favorite dishes from our family Thanksgiving is mashed potatoes. But so many rich flavors in the potatoes, topped with gravy and even more spices, makes the lowly potato a difficult dish to pair wine with, not even counting the seven other side dishes and turkey that are crowding the plate as well.


It’s Thanksgiving, you have your turkey, and now you need a wine, but which one? Well, think about the flavors you want to go with it. With turkey being a light-tasting fowl, the flavors are often influenced by ingredients and cooking methods more than just the bird itself, so head to the spice rack and take a look around. Herbs and spices are an important part of pairing because they can change the flavor profile of a dish, thus changing which wine you want to pick.

Serving wine for Thanksgiving is easier than you think. Here are a couple of suggestions so you can host a wonderful dinner with any or all four of these wine styles available for your guests. WineTable President Paul Giese suggests having a wine for early in the event, two for dinner, and one to close out the evening leaving everyone satisfied and praising your culinary skills. So get a pen and get ready to take some notes.

Gewürztraminer is a fussy grape, particularly in regards to soil and climate. Its rich aromas and tendency toward sweetness has put off some wine drinkers, but a well-balanced Gewürztraminer with developed acidity can match those rich aromas with decadent and exotic flavors that can stand up to spicy and sharp foods that overpower other wines.

It’s three days before Thanksgiving and if you’re like me, you’ve launched into that pre-holiday mad-rush kind of frenzy, with lists of to-dos running down the entire height of the fridge, a stack of recipes to make, a turkey just waiting to be brined and food packed into every available kitchen crevice. With such an incredible array of food, choosing wine can seem utterly overwhelming. And anyway, at this point, who has time to even think about wine pairings?

Winemakers, not just brands and specific wineries, should be a much bigger focus for fine wine consumers. It is the net sum of a multitude of small and big decisions they make (during a wine’s journey from bud break to dinner party swirling) that can have far more influence on a final wine than the climatic influences during a given growing season, the impact of local terroir, etc. Today, meet Chimney Rock Winemaker and General Manager Elizabeth Vianna.

You say "potato," I say "Idaho!" But if you think of the Pacific Northwest wine regions, Idaho may not roll right off the tip of your tongue. As a wine region, this underdog is definitely the lesser known, to say the least, but it’s worth a moment in the spotlight. Get the primer on Idaho wine from Sommelier and WineTable writer Maggie Bernat Smith.

There are many features to the Willamette Valley that make it an amazing place to get married, but planning any major event is a lot of work. It becomes an even bigger challenge when you’re planning it yourself and all the vendors are in another state. Here are just a few things WineTable writer Angelique Vinther learned along the way.

Three Unique Oregon Wineries
By: Doniree Walker
Posted: Nov. 14, 2012

Oregon is home to many amazing wineries and tasting rooms. It’s tough to know where to start when which Oregon wines to try and tasting rooms visit. Here's WineTable's Doniree Walker's top three she'd take you right now, if you showed up on her doorstep demanding an unforgettable wine-tasting experience in Oregon.

Tim Donahue is an enologist and winemaker on a mission. When the newly minted enologist returned to the United States in 2010 after completing his master's, he went to Washington state, where he hoped to start a winery. That vision soon took a surprising turn. Read the story. Watch the PBS News Hour feature.

A father and son learn winemaking together and a passion for a hobby becomes an award-winning winery and cafe. Read the story of where enologist and winemaker Timothy Donahue all began.

In 1974, Chateau Ste. Michelle put Washington on the world's wine map. Today, the winery is known for its award-winning Rieslings. WineTable writer Robin Salls takes a look at the winery's history and community involvement as an important member of the Washington wine community.

A bottle of wine is one of the world's best souvenirs, but being a breakable bottle containing alcohol, getting it home is harder than other great souvenirs, such as jewelry or clothes. Find out the best ways to bring wine home from your travels and relive your memories.

A History of Oregon Wine
By: Richard W Palmer
Posted: Nov. 11, 2012

Although the California wine industry receives the most press, the Oregon wine industry is starting to gain international recognition. The Oregon wine industry effectively began in the 1960s. In 2003, the Oregon Wine Board was formed to oversee and support the state’s wine-making industry. and wineries there are now producing some of the most acclaimed pinot noir in the world. Today, Oregon is the fourth-largest producer of wine in the United States (U.S.), and second only to California in the number of wineries.


Just as France has its regions and Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) areas, so too does the United States have its American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Some are famous such as Napa or Sonoma, others less so. Perhaps one of the least famous is the sole AVA currently in Idaho, Snake River Valley.

When you go wine tasting there are two types of tasting rooms, those that are open to walk in visitors, and those that require appointments. Doing a walk in tasting is a casual experience, while appointments require some thought and planning. But why are some wineries by appointment?

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