Winter Wines to Stay Warm With!
We are willing to bet that many wine enthusiasts’ favorite things about the dog days of winter are the robust wines and meals that pair with them (unless they’re also winter sports enthusiasts like us or uber enthusiasts like Tom!)
As anyone who has tucked into cassoulet and a bottle of Gamine Syrah on a snowy eve can attest, the combo is just perfect. To that end, this month we’re releasing four extremely special wines that will warm the cockles of your heart (on Valentine’s or any other day), and pair with your most delicious late winter and early spring feasts.
The first is, of course, Kate’s Gamine Syrah from Mae’s Vineyard in the Applegate Valley. In many ways a dead ringer for its old world counterpart, alongside its earth and pepper, this wine boasts the warmth and accessibility of Oregon, making it truly irresistible for lovers of the grape.
Next, we have our first rendition of Côt clone Malbec from the sedimentary and granite soils of the Serra Vineyard in Applegate Valley. In our opinion, this is a radical wine that delivers a nose-full of clove and cinnamon on a feather-weight frame (clocks in at a delightful 11.6% alcohol!!). It’s unlike any Malbec we’ve tried, and we made a whopping 25 cases (1 barrel)- so reserve yours now!
In the Winter White department, we proudly offer our first Chardonnay (“Trois”) from the Willamette Valley’s beloved biodynamic Johan Vineyard. Jurassic-Burgundian to its core, this a gorgeous wine that, with each sip, reminds us that Oregon Chardonnay is capable of incredibly high heights. In fact, the more Chardonnay we make, and the more of our friends’ Chardonnay we taste, the more we want to celebrate Oregon expressions of this noble grape, which could not be better suited to our climate and terroirs.
And finally our most complex single-vineyard Gamay – from the Redford-Wetle vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. With “Renardière” we have the opportunity to showcase Jory and Yamhill over Basalt, amongst the most interesting soils Oregon has to offer.
As in all our 2016 Division wines, we find lovely tension, and a return to classic, cool-vintage balance. The serendipitous qualities of the vintage are further complemented by our own deepening understanding of winemaking. It’s our best vintage to date; we hope you agree.
And finally: SAVE THE DATE!!
Our annual Spring Wine Release Party will be on Saturday, 4/7, at our home, the Southeast Wine Collective. Details will follow as the date grows nearer, but for now please mark your calendars to come share a glass of 2017 spring wine, and pick up your new wine club offerings!
Kate, Tom, Luke, Sophie, Dana & Cass too!
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In other news, the chilly temperatures aren’t keeping us cooped up! We’ve got two fun local events coming up this month.
Catch Kate for brunch on Sunday 2/25 at The Nightwood Society, a collective run by, but by no means exclusive to, women. This event is part of Classic Wines Auction, an annual fundraiser that connects local chefs and winemakers with local bon vivants to benefit Portland families and children.
Catch Tom on February 20th at DOC as part of their series Au Naturale – A Celebration of Oregon’s Natural Winemaking Community. This dinner series promises to be as lively as the wines it features, with guest chef appearances, colorful stories from the vineyard, live music, and performance art.
Welcome Sophie Barrett to the Division family!
Now that we’ve gotten the crucial business of WINE out of the way, we’d like to tell you about the newest addition to our team: Sophie Barrett. Sophie represented our wines in New York for two years, and when cosmic forces pulled her west, we decided to make her part of our family. It’s our hope that adding another brain, voice, and pair of hands to our operation will increase our ability to connect with YOU, our fans and customers who make it all possible. Catch Sophie out and about in her new home of Colorado, as well as wherever Division wines are being enjoyed.
Last Call for new 2017 Fall Wine Club sign ups!
We have just a few bottles left to be able to fulfill new wine club sign-ups from last fall’s release, including Club Gamay and our ever popular Divide & Conquer Club. Check out all the details and perks on our Clubs page.