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Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2012

Pacific Northwest Wine of the Week for March 6, 2012

This week: Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris. Tagaris Winery featured in this week's Fresh Press. Are you a Washington Wine Super Fan? Savor Cannon Beach. WSU Wine Science Center could get $5 million boost from state budget. Upcoming wine events. Visiting Westport Winery.

March 6, 2012
Vol. 13, No. 11

Elk Cove Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris

Appellation: Willamette Valley

Through the years, winemaker Adam Campbell has been consistently great with this wine, earning "Outstanding" and "Excellent" ratings annually in our blind tastings. In the challenging 2010 vintage, he comes through again with one of the top Pinot Gris from Oregon. This opens with aromas of spearmint, lemon oil, starfruit, dried apricot and lime. It's a big, fruity, delicious and expressive palate, with flavors of tangelos, Mandarin oranges, pears, peaches and grapefruits. There is a ton of acidity to balance the fruit and the hint of sweetness. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (8,500 cases, 13% alc.)

Price: $19

Food matches: Enjoy with scallops, oysters, halibut, salmon, chicken or quiche.

Elk Cove Vineyards, 27751 N.W. Olson Road, Gaston, OR 97119, 877-355-2683, www.elkcove.com

Recent Wines of the Week

-- Nodland Cellars 2010 Bebop Riesling, Columbia Valley

-- Stoller Vineyards 2008 SV Estate, Dundee Hills

Best Buys

-- Hyatt Vineyards 2009 Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills, $10 -- Columbia Crest 2010 Two Vines Gewurztraminer, Washington, $8

More about Elk Cove

Elk Cove is one of Oregon's pioneer wineries and now is run by second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell. He makes superb Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris from the northern Yamhill County town of Gaston.

Elk Cove was honored as Wine Press Northwest's 2007 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.

This week's Fresh Press

This week's issue of Fresh Press spotlights the wines of Frank Roth, the young winemaker for Tagaris Winery in Richland, Wash. Roth, who began working for wineries when he was 15, produces three labels for Tagaris.

Get the freshest reviews of recently released Northwest wines with Fresh Press.

Fresh Press publishes every Monday and is an easy-to-download PDF that is perfect for viewing digitally and is formatted to be easily printed.

Download this week's edition of Fresh Press.

Are you Washington Wine's Super Fan?

Once again, we are giving away a fantastic Taste Washington package this year. It includes VIP access to Taste Washington Seattle, which is March 31-April 1 and a hotel room.

All you need to do is write a short essay on why you are the Washington Wine Super Fan. The best essay, as judged by the editors of Wine Press Northwest, will win the Washington Wine Super Fan prize.

Deadline to enter is midnight Monday, March 12.

Click to go to the entry form.

Savor Cannon Beach

Head to the Oregon Coast this weekend for the annual Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival. The event will feature about 30 wineries, a professional wine judging, wine dinners, seminars and fun events.

Yours truly will put on a seminar on pairing Northwest wines and artisan cheeses, which is shaping up to be a fun event.

Learn more.

WSU Wine Science Center could get $5 million boost

Construction could begin as early as next year on Washington State University's Wine Science Center if $5 million for it in the budget proposed by the state Senate makes the cut.

The Wine Science Center already has raised more than $10 million, and another $4 million to $5 million is needed before shovels can meet dirt for the $23 million project in the heart of Washington wine country.

The Wine Science Center will be the centerpiece of WSU's viticulture and enology program and will be based at WSU's Richland campus. The land for the research and teaching winery is being donated by the Port of Benton and is next to the campus, which overlooks the Columbia River.

Read more.

Upcoming wine events

Each week, we highlight an upcoming wine event in the Pacific Northwest.

The third annual Snohomish Wine Festival is Saturday in Snohomish, Wash. More than 20 wineries will be featured. Cost is $30.

To see more events (or submit yours at no cost), go to our calendar. We currently have 110 upcoming events on our calendar.

Westport Winery

Four years ago, the Roberts family opened Westport Winery just eight miles from the ocean. They make 33 wines, have planted 10 acres of vines, run a restaurant and now have opened a bakery.

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Wine Press Northwest e-edition

We have loaded up the past 15 issues of Wine Press Northwest in a freely available e-edition format, with a goal of eventually posting a complete archive of the magazine, going back to 1998.

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