Rainy day wines – Notes on a Wine Card

It’s going to rain the next three days and I for one love this wet weather. I started to think about the wines I like to drink on a rainy day and I came up with Pinot Noir. I imagined a rainy day in Burgundy or Oregon with a glass or two of Pinot Noir. I will be pouring 3 Oregon Pinot Noir as well as a Pinot Blanc from Oregon. Come visit me Thursday and Friday and get out of the rain while sipping some of the best Pinot from Oregon.

This past Tuesday, Bill and I had the immense pleasure of meeting Drew Voit, owner and winemaker of Harper Voit Winery.  Drew poured us four Pinot Noir and one Pinot Blanc.  All his wines are unique with discernible nuances reflecting the character of each vineyard. Drew is very passionate about his wines which you can tell with each sip that you savor of his wines. I was simply floored by his wines and I am so happy that we are introducing them to you.  He truly is one of the best winemakers operating in Oregon. These are small quantity, highly acclaimed wines that are not available in a lot of places. We are proud to have them here at The Bottle Shop.

One of the vineyards that Drew gets his grapes from is Antiquum Vineyard. This vineyard is owned and lovingly cared for by Stephen Hagen.  Stephen utilizes old old old school methods to farm his vineyard.  How old school you ask?  What if I told you Stephen doesn’t use tractors or motorized vehicles to plow and maintain his land.  He uses draft horses. He also uses sheep for weed abatement.  Can’t get any more old school than that! Does all that extra work pay off?  I am telling you it does!  The Harper Voit Pinot Noir Antiquum Vineyard 2014 is one of the most unique pinot noir I have ever tasted.

Here’s the lineup for Thursday and Friday at The Tasting Room…. Harper Voit Pinot Blanc Sur Lie Willamette Valley 2016, Harper Voit Pinot Noir Antiquum Vineyard, Willamette Valley 2014, Harper Voit Pinot Noir Bieze Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills 2015, and Colene Clemens Pinot Noir Dopp Creek Chehalem Mountains 2014.

So what do you like to eat on a rainy day?  One of my favorite rainy day foods is meatloaf and mashed potatoes.  My boy likes any kind of soup and spaghetti.  Send me in some of your faves.

Every time it rains, I have some go to rain songs.  Rainy Night in Georgia by Brook Benton comes to mind.  Another one is Here Comes the Rain Again by The Eurythmics.  How about you? What songs do you like to listen to on a rainy day or night? Let me know and I’ll add it to my rainy day song list that I’ll play this week in The Tasting Room.

Baseball season is just around the corner.  Spring training games are on television and the anticipation of a new season with new hopes for your team are in the air. However, I still miss Vin Scully.  Baseball will go on forever, and will always be the king of sports and our nation’s pastime, but it’s just not the same without the sweet sounds of Vin behind the mic.

If I had to pick one movie to watch on a rainy day, I think I would pick Casablanca and Cinema Paradiso.  I would have to insist on a double feature since I love both those movies!

I’m sure there are a bunch of other movies that make good rainy day movies.  The Breakfast Club, The Princess Bride, Groundhog Day, Singin’ in the Rain, Dazed and Confused, Murphy’s Romance, and The Magnificent Seven are just a few that I wouldn’t mind watching with a bowl of popcorn and some wine of course!

I didn’t think Fergie’s rendition of our national anthem at the NBA All-Star game last weekend was horrific as some thought.  It didn’t get that bad until towards the end.  In my opinion, no one but no one, will ever come close to the version that Marvin Gaye sang at the 1983 NBA All-Star game played at the Magnificent Forum here in Los Angeles.  Listen to it here and see if you agree…Marvin Gaye National Anthem

Flashback Lookalikes – Patrick Swayze and Kurt Russell.

If you don’t follow Pete Souza’s instagram account, you’re missing some great posts and photos.  Pete is the former White House photographer during the Obama administration.  Amazing photos and insights. Check it out here….Pete Souza Instagram  He also has a way of putting things in perspective with current events versus events from the past.

Enjoy the rain this week and enjoy it with a nice bottle of Pinot Noir!








1 Comment

  1. Can’t comment on the wines but your taste in movies is first rate.. Listening to Cinema Paradiso on Alexa and loving it. One of my favorite movies where I watched it in one of my favorite theaters, The Cove in Hermosa Beach. I cried at the last minutes of this movie and my eyes get misty every time I hear the music. Now, I must see this movie again as I have been yearning to experience it all over again. Great taste, baby brother.


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