Michael Simmons shows where the Willamette Valley is
Michael Simmons shows where the Willamette Valley is

“I t’s Willamette Dammit!” That was the slogan across Michael Simmon’s shirt Friday night as he lead more than 30 tasters on a tasting tour of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Michael Simmons, of Ben Arnold Beverage, spent 2 hours, featuring stories from his recent visit to the valley as they sampled 10 wines. “I never had a bad wine while traveling there.”
Stay tuned. More from the seminar later today.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
e-mail: wineworld@wineworldsc.com.
When: Friday, May 8 2015, 7pm.
Cost: $20 prepaid. $25 at the door if space is available. Reservations suggested as space will be limited.

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Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Sokol Blosser Evolution Bubbly
  2. Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013
  3. Willakenzie Pinot Gris 2012
  4. Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2012
  5. Ponzi Pinot Blanc 2012
  6. Willakenzie Pinot Meunier
  7. Joe Dobbs Pinot Noir 2013
  8. Willamette Valley Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2014
  9. La Crema Pinot Noir
  10. Willamette Valley Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012

The Oregon Wines Lineup at Wine World
The Oregon Wines Lineup at Wine World

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Sokol Blosser Evolution Bubbly | Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Who says sparkling wine should only be opened on special occasions? And what exactly is the definition of a special occasion? Exactly. Well we’re here to tell you that the act of celebration has evolved and things have changed. With the launch of Evolution Sparkling, you can now
celebrate everything all the time. Sun came up? Celebrate. Sun went down? Celebrate. Someone invited you over for Beef Wellington or beef
sliders? Bring a bottle and celebrate. Think about it. Anything can be celebrated, if you put your mind to it. So from now on, just remember this simple rule: When in doubt, celebrate!–From their Website Website
Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013 | Willamette Valley, Oregon
Straw in color, this Pinot Gris offers aromas of tropical papaya and starfruit with a layer of intricate white floral notes. A fruit-forward palate of kiwi, tangerine and peach are accented by a touch of warm spice and a finish that is crisp, clean and refreshing. The juicy acidity strikes the perfect balance of lush fruit and freshness. Website
The nose knows
The nose knows

Willakenzie Pinot Gris 2012 | Yamhill Carlton, Oregon
Shining honey and golden straw in color, this Pinot Gris has tropical aromas with ripe melon, kiwi, white pear and white flower. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a sweet entry and a lush and velvety mouthfeel. Flavors of citrus and apricot accompany an acidic build-up and balance toward the warm and inviting finish. This wine will age for 3 to 5 years and is just as delicious and drinkable now. Serve well chilled. Website
Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2012 |
Ponzi Pinot Blanc 2012 | Chehelem Mountains, Oregon
With aromas of tropical fruit and citrus, the Ponzi Pinot Blanc exhibits ethereal flavors of crisp green apple, honeydew melon and finishes on a note of citrus.
Willakenzie Pinot Meunier | Yamhill-Carlton
The 2012 Pinot Meunier is a beautiful dark purple with deep red hues. Aromas of strawberry, cherry pipe tobacco, bacon, blueberry, and tea, can be found on the nose of this wine. The 2012 Pinot Meunier is light to medium bodied with flavors of dark cherry, anise, plum and pepper on the palate. Big tannins build up with great acid providing a nice round mouthfeel and velvety finish. Enjoy this wine now or age for 5 to 7 years from release. Website
Joe Dobbs Pinot Noir 2013 | Dundee Hills, Oregon
Ripe red fruits dominate the aroma and flavor, leading with sun-warmed strawberry, bing cherries and red currant. The palate deftly balances acid and tannin supported by plush medium-full body. Subtle accents of red rose, pie crust and vanilla lend complexity to this fruit forward Pinot Noir that represents the elegance of the 2013 vintage. Barrel Aging: 10 months in neutral French oak. Website
Willamette Valley Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2014 | Willamette Valley, Oregon
As refreshing as liquid fruit salad in a glass, this wine is deep ruby in color and opens with rich aromas of blackberry, cherry and vanilla with a hint of earthiness. Flavors mirror aromas with a fruity and sweet entry, juicy mid-palate migrating into a soft, well-rounded finish accented by bright acidity. Website
La Crema Pinot Noir | McMinnville/Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon
“Rose petals, pipe tobacco, cranberry, and pine in the nose. Red cherry, black tea, mocha, and pomegranate in the mouth. Balanced and supple, with a spicy finish.” -Elizabeth Grant-Douglas, Winemaker. Website
Willamette Valley Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012 | Willamette Valley, Oregon
Sourced exclusively from 15 acres of Pinot Noir from the first plantings at the Estate Vineyard, Founder Jim Bernau planted these vines using a Christmas tree planter pulled behind his 33 horsepower tractor. He grafted the French clones 667 and 777 on a portion of the vines when they became available.
The remarkable growing season of 2012 resulted in perfectly ripe fruit with intense colors and concentrated flavors. A deep, inky shade of purple in the glass, the wine opens with a complex nose featuring plum, blackberry, smoke, freshly overturned clay and game. Flavors mirror aromas on the opulent palate and layer in cedar, tobacco and minerality. Velvet and full-bodied in texture, the focal point of the wine is the well-structured, persistent and polished tannins that are further highlighted by the lift of bright acidity. The 2012 Bernau Block is not just for casual sipping, this wine can stand up to most any gastronomic experience. Peak drinkability 2014-2020. Website


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